Most charted Adult Contemporary artist
Best selling solo pianist
2 time Grammy nominee
2 time SESAC Songwriter of the Year
4 Gold Albums
30 charted AC hits Dove Award – Gospel Music Association
Nashville Songwriters International Award
Canadian Country Music Award – Best Vocal/ Instrumental Collaboration
SESAC New York Music Award
SESAC Jazz Award
Angel Eyes – Solo Piano
Rocket to the Moon – Solo Piano
Valentine w/ Martina McBride
The Gift w/ Collin Raye, Susan Ashton
Sending You a Little Christmas w/ Johnny Mathis
Love of My Life w/ Michael W Smith
Peace w/ Collin Raye
Never Alone w/ Lady Antebellum
ON THE AIR TV SPECIALS
– A & E Winter Solstice on Ice
– HGTV – At Home with Jim Brickman
– PBS Concert Specials:
Celebration of the 70’s (2013)
Beautiful World (2009)
Jim Brickman at the Magic Kingdom—The Disney Songbook (2005)
Love Songs and Lullabies (2002)
My Romance, An Evening with Jim Brickman (2000)
– The Jim Brickman Show in its 20th year
– Your Weekend with Jim Brickman
– Sirius XM – Host, Holly Channel
– Jim Brickman 24 hour stream and podcast
– Simple Things
– Love Notes
– Magic of Christmas
– Soothe – How To Find Calm Amidst Everyday Chaos
AND THE REST IS HISTORY . . .
– Born November 20, 1961
– Grows up in Shaker Heights, a suburb of Cleveland
– Jim begins piano lessons at 4, practicing on green felt
– Teacher says he had no talent, finds new teacher
– Continues piano lessons at prestigious Cleveland Institute of Music
– Graduates Shaker Heights High School
– Attends Case Western Reserve University / Cleveland Institute of Music
– From college dorm begins Jimgles, writing and producing local commercial jingles
– Changes name to The Brickman Arrangement writes national commercials, scores
– Moves to Los Angeles
– 1994 – Signs with Windham Hill
-1994 Debut Album “No Words”
– Jim travels to radio stations across US to get radio air play
– “Rocket to the Moon” first solo play on AC radio and hit Billboard chart
– Tour begins
PERFORMANCE HIGH POINTS
Annual Holiday Concert in its 20th year
US Tours since 1994
– Carnegie Hall
– The White House
– Disney World
– Grand Old Opry
National Anthem: Various Events
International: SE Asia; Malaysia, Philippines, Taiwan
Simplicity is the heart of Jim Brickman’s solo piano songs. Solo as in Jim, two hands and 88 keys. His back-to-basics musical sensibility is rooted in the core of solo piano.
Brickman’s philosophy hasn’t changed since his 1994 debut album No Words burst onto the music scene. US radio launched the single “Rocket to the Moon” into orbit, making history as the first solo instrumental ever to land on the pop charts.
With that, Jim Brickman transformed the popularity of solo piano playing his original, pop-style instrumentals and inviting star-studded vocal collaborators to join in. He has since become the most charted Adult Contemporary artist and best selling solo pianist to date.
Brickman’s Tin Pan Alley sensibility, uncomplicated melodies and down-to-earth nature have taken him from the Grand Ole Opry to Carnegie Hall, and Disney World to the White House. You can also hear his music on Pandora, TV commercials and shows like CBS Sports, The Kardashians, Jimmy Kimmel, The Olympics and all over HGTV.
Brickman’s signature style earned him two Grammy nods, four Gold albums, 30 charted AC radio hits. He held the top three spots on Billboard’s new age chart at one time. Brickman received top honors as two-time SESAC “Songwriter of the Year”, The Dove Award presented by the Gospel Music Association and a Canadian Country Music Award.
Jim Brickman’s Billboard hit list includes “Angel Eyes”, “Rocket to the Moon”, “Sending You a Little Christmas”, “Valentine”, “The Gift”, “Love of My Life” and “Peace.” He’s been known to feature rising stars, legends and popular singers as vocal collaborators.
Brickman has filmed five concert specials presented on the PBS network: Celebration of the 70’s (2013) Beautiful World (2009), Jim Brickman at the Magic Kingdom—The Disney Songbook (2005), My Romance, An Evening with Jim Brickman (2000) and Love Songs and Lullabies (2002).
Jim Brickman hosts The Jim Brickman Radio Show now in its 20th year, heard in over 80 cities across North America. The show features well-known experts focusing on entertainment, lifestyle, pop culture, health and wellness.
He has written three best-selling books, Simple Things, Love Notes and his latest Soothe – How To Find Calm Amidst Everyday Chaos.
Jim was an innovator of fan cruises and events. The Jim Brickman Cruise is a semi-annual experience attracting hundred of fans from across America. Since 2006 it has traveled to Alaska, Hawaii, New England, the Mexican Riviera and the Caribbean. The Brickman Bash, a land get-away drew fans to Nashville, his hometown of Cleveland and Niagara, Ontario.
How old were you when you began playing piano?
At age 4, I begged my parents for a piano. They agreed to piano lessons but I had to practice with on a piece of green felt with the keys drawn on in marker. My parents finally broke down and bought a beat-up piano they kept in the basement, in case I didn’t stick with it. I had a piano teacher who told my mother that I had no talent. My mother knew how much I loved playing and begged her to keep teaching me. She eventually found more insightful teachers for me at the Cleveland Institute of Music.
How did you get started in the music business?
My first job playing piano was at 15,when I was musical director for the Heights Youth Theatre in Cleveland, OH. That gave me the confidence to play piano in front of someone other than my dog. When I was in college, I started a commercial jingle company. I would ‘pound the pavement’ taking my demo reel of jingles to advertising agencies. I was hired to write for everything from kitty litter and bug spray to cars, lotteries and fast food. I got itchy to go west because everyone told me that’s where I needed to be. Instead of writing about stuff, I discovered that I could write about the people who use the stuff.
I recorded a solo piano album, sent it to labels and got no feedback. So I took a lesson from my early jingle days and pounded the pavement once again, asking local radio stations to play my songs.
How do you classify your music?
The industry experts tell me that Jim Brickman is New Age, but I consider my sound “pop instrumental.’ My melodies are simple, inviting and real with a touch of hope and romance. I think of myself as a Burt Bacharach or a Quincy Jones, who are songwriters and producers.
Who listens to Jim Brickman’s music?
In the beginning, women 25-64 were my biggest listeners. Now I see a lot of men accompanying wives and girlfriends to concerts. Turns out they need relaxation and romance in their lives too. I’m told that not a wedding goes by these days that don’t include a Jim Brickman love song. The sound has expanded to massages, labor, recovery and meditation.
How has the music business changed?
How music is heard and sold has changed drastically. Free streaming radio like Pandora plays music 24/7. The listener can pick whatever sound they want to hear. For someone like me its great because there is so much more exposure. People are not only hearing hits, they are being exposed to the deep cuts as well. The retail end of the business had gone digital as well. We don’t go to a store to buy a CD anymore. Now music is downloaded and the consumer has options, purchase the entire album or a single cut.
What can the audience expect at your concert?
They’ll get a little of everything. Beautiful solo piano music, romantic and relaxing songs, stories, and even some laughs. No flashy special effects – just pure music! It’s a great escape for a couple of hours, to hold hands, close your eyes and exhale.
What inspires you?
I hear patterns and melodies everywhere I go. My music is a reflection of the world; nature, love, people and spirituality. I try not to work too hard creating a melody. I just let it flow naturally.
Do you have any creative or musical influences that inspire you?
Creatively, I’ve been influenced by Jim Henson and Walt Disney. Both were geniuses. Many 70’s Singer/ Songwriters like Joni Mitchell, Carole King, The Carpenters and Burt Bacharach influenced me musically.
How do you choose singers and collaborators?
I choose singers who I’ve admired and wanted to work with. I also like singers with up and coming careers that I feel my audience would like to hear. I don’t write a song with the singer in mind. That’s very limiting. But once the song is written, I start to hear voices…
Do you sing?
I sing a bit in concert. As a writer, there’s something about singing your own song that comes from a special place that’s honest. Having someone else sing brings a new element and dimension to the piece