Bobby Sparks is an American musician, composer, and bandleader. He is best known for his work with the band Snarky Puppy, with whom he has won two Grammy Awards.
Sparks was born in Dallas, Texas, on October 21, 1974. His father is a jazz trumpeter, and his mother is a singer. He has two older sisters. Sparks began playing piano at the age of four. He studied classical piano at the University of North Texas, where he earned a Bachelor of Music in 1997.
Sparks has been a member of Snarky Puppy since 2004. With the band, he has won two Grammy Awards, for Best R&B Performance (for the song “Something”) and Best Contemporary Instrumental Album (for Culcha Vulcha). He has also released three solo albums: New Beginnings (2006), The Bobby Sparks Trio (2009), and My Shining Hour (2013).
Sparks is married to singer-songwriter Lalah Hathaway. They have two children together.
Snarky Puppy, The RH Factor, Lingus, What About Me?, Shofukan
Destiny Turns on the Radio, Son of Sinbad, The Las Vegas Story, His Kind of Woman, My Forbidden Past, Born to Be Bad, Station West, Blondie Goes Latin, The Lady Consents, If I Had a Million