(November 20, 1961– )
Jim Brickman has revolutionized the sound of solo piano with his pop-style instrumentals and star studded vocal collaborations.
Since the release of his debut album “No Words” in 1994, Jim Brickman’s romantic piano sound has made him the best selling solo piano artist of our time. His signature style of playing and songwriting has also brought him two Grammy nods, six Gold and Platinum albums, and 28 charted adult radio hits. He recently tied for most number one CDS on Billboard’s New Age chart, and currently holds four of its top ten spots. Jim received top honors with two SESAC “Songwriter of the Year” awards, a Canadian Country Music Award and a Dove Award presented by the Gospel Music Association.
Jim's best-known compositions include the chart-toppers “Valentine,” “The Gift,” “Love of My Life,” “Simple Things” and “Peace.” He has established a reputation for his collaborations with many gifted musical artists that include: Martina McBride, Gerald Levert, Lady Antebellum, Matt Giraud, Michael W. Smith, Kenny Loggins, Carly Simon, Herb Alpert, Collin Raye, Michael Bolton, Sara Evans, Donny Osmond, Olivia Newton-John, and four American Idol Finalists.
Brickman’s highly anticipated album release, Home, a Target exclusive, will arrive in stores this October 2010. Home features an eclectic group of artists including American Idols Matt Giraud, award-winning country singer Ty Herndon, Australian pop singer Delta Goodrem, HLN Morning Express host Robin Meade and fan favorite Mark Masri. The first single off the album, “Thank You” featuring Giraud, was the #1 most added single on the Billboard/R&R charts during its first week at radio.
A native of Cleveland, Ohio, Brickman began playing piano at the age of five and studied music at the prestigious Cleveland Institute of Music. He founded his own advertising music company in 1980, writing commercial jingles for such advertisers as McDonald’s, Pontiac and Kellogg’s.
A strong supporter of PBS, Jim has taped four concert specials for that network, which include Jim Brickman at the Magic Kingdom—The Disney Songbook (2005), My Romance, An Evening with Jim Brickman (2000) Love Songs and Lullabies (2002) and Beautiful World (2009).
A song inspired by Jim’s fans, “Thank You” shares a universal message that’s memorable and without a doubt, a smash hit! “All these years, the fans applause has meant thank you to me! When they listen to the words, I hope each one knows this song was written especially for them.” said Jim.
Brickman has received international acclaim as a concert performer, taking his popular live concerts to more than 125 cities each year. He performed on his fifth sold-out Jim Brickman Cruise, a unique event that has become an annual fan favorite. Brickman teamed up with American Greetings lending his music to create some of their best-selling e-Cards to date.
Other artistic endeavors include a weekly radio show, Your Weekend, two best selling books, Simple Things and Love Notes, debuts at Carnegie Hall and the White House, as well as international touring from Spain to Thailand. Jim lends a hand to several charitable foundations for children including Autism Speaks, UNICEF, and Camp Heartland.