If you were a fan of the television soaps anytime between 1990 and 2011 you are probably familiar with the beautiful face and dramatic talents of Bobbie Eakes. She played memorable roles on both The Bold and The Beautiful and All My Children, earning several nominations for Daytime Emmy and Soap Opera Digest awards.
As talented as is she is on-screen, she is also an accomplished singer and stage performer. In fact, she moved to California in order to pursue a future in music. Throughout her acting career she made a sprinkling of albums, performed with other artists, and hosted shows on a country music television channel.
Not long after she left All My Children, Bobbie was encouraged to headline her own show by her longtime co-star and fellow vocalist Jeff Trachta, and she jumped back into her first true love: singing. She played a one-night-only performance at the Annenberg Theater in Palm Springs on November 8, 2013.
She described the show, called “Turn the Page,” in a 2013 interview with Soaps In-Depth: “It’ll be a big visual and audio retrospective of my musical tastes interwoven with a sort of history and background of me, who I am, where I came from. I’ll talk about the pageants in Georgia, coming to LA… and I can’t ignore the 21 years I spent in soap operas! It’s going to be a lot of fun.”
The show also included a special guest: her good friend, Elliot Easton!
Elliot joined Bobbie onstage while she belted out the bluesy classic, “I’m a Woman.” The two clearly had a great time on stage together, and both gave strong, elegant performances. I love this footage! Enjoy it for yourself by clicking the link below.
These days you can find Bobbie acting in the soap opera web series called Tainted Dreams. She lives in Palm Springs, California, where I believe she co-owns a gym and also runs a boutique called Studio BE.
Timeline perspective: This performance took place about 6 months after the CD release of Elliot’s ‘Tiki Gods’ project, and almost a year before the release of The Empty Hearts’ first album.