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Though classically trained, pianist Jim Brickman prefers to play more pop-flavored, gently lyrical new age music. His unique compositions are emotional and structured, but not rigidly so. Brickman enrolled in the Cleveland Institute of Music in his late teens. The focus was on classical music, but Brickman could not escape the lure of mainstream music, and at age 19 began writing commercial jingles. This led him to compose music for such major outfits the Gap, Isuzu, Sprint, and Kellogg's as well as with Jim Henson and Henson Associates. During his association with Henson, he composed for the Muppets and for projects on Sesame Street. He also assisted on some of Henson's Disney projects. Brickman recorded his debut album, No Words, on Windham Hill in 1994. The following year he released By Heart on the same label, and in 1997 issued Picture This as well as The Gift, a collection of seasonal favorites. Visions of Love followed a year later, and in early 1999 Brickman returned with Destiny. A classy live effort, My Romance: An Evening with Jim Brickman, appeared in 2000. Two years later, Brickman crafted a beautiful children's album called Love Songs and Lullabies. Efforts such as Grace, Peace, and The Disney Songbook followed in the relaxing yet elegant vein of his earlier work. In 2006, Brickman left longtime label Windham Hill and released Escape on Savoy Jazz. In 2007 Hope was released by Compass, followed by the holiday-themed Homecoming. Brickman continued recording for Savoy in 2008 with Unspoken, followed a whopping four albums and a DVD in 2009: Beautiful World was the audio component to a DVD performance of the album with special guests; From the Heart found him revisiting some of his best-known compositions backed by a 75-piece orchestra; and two new holiday-themed recordings were released in The Hymns & Carols of Christmas and Joy. The ever industrious Brickman began 2010 by releasing a 2006 recording called Escape, cut during his Windham Hill period, but issued for the first time by Savoy.
Jim Brickman (born November 20, 1961) is an American songwriter and pianist of pop and adult contemporary music, as well as a radio show host. Being named the most charted male adult contemporary artist to date, Brickman has earned six Gold and Platinum albums. He is known for his solo piano compositions, pop-style instrumentals, and vocal collaborations with artists such as Lady Antebellum, Johnny Mathis, Michael W. Smith, Martina McBride, Megan Hilty, Donny Osmond, Delta Goodrem, Olivia Newton-John, and many others. He has earned two Grammy nominations for his albums Peace (2003) for Best Instrumental, and Faith (2009) for Best New Age Album; an SESAC "Songwriter of the Year" award; a Canadian Country Music Award for Best Vocal/Instrumental Collaboration; and a Dove Award presented by the Gospel Music Association.
Since 1997, he has hosted his own radio show called "Your Weekend with Jim Brickman", which is carried on radio stations throughout the United States. Brickman has also released five PBS specials, and hosts an annual fan cruise. He is founder of Brickhouse Direct, a company that provides strategic marketing and e-commerce solutions for clients in a variety of industries.Chuck Taylor. "Foste's Daily Democrat". Retrieved 2006-11-17. Aaron Wallace. "Ultimate Disney Interview with Jim Brickman". Retrieved 2009-02-03. The 52nd annual Grammy Awards nominees list Kim Lehano. "Around Hawaii". Retrieved 2009-02-03.
ContentsHistory1.1 Early years1.2 Musical career1.3 Radio show1.4 TV specials1.5 Other ventures1.6 Partners
Brickman was born and raised in Shaker Heights, Ohio and attended Shaker Heights High School. He began playing piano at the age of five. Later he studied composition and performance at the Cleveland Institute of Music while taking business classes at Case Western Reserve University. In 1980, Brickman founded his own advertising music company called The Brickman Arrangement, writing commercial jingles for many companies across the country such as McDonalds, Pontiac, City of Cleveland, Ohio Lottery, and Isuzu.
Brickman signed to Windham Hill Records in 1994 and released his first album, No Words featuring the song "Rocket to the Moon" which became his first solo instrumental to be ranked on the Billboard charts. The songs "Angel Eyes" and "If You Believe" gained radio airplay from Brickman's second release, By Heart on the Windham Hill label in 1995. The following year, the CD's title track, "By Heart", became his first top 20 adult contemporary (AC) hit. In 1997, Brickman released the album Picture This, adding a vocal performance, "Valentine", sung by Martina McBride. This song charted on both country and AC stations, with the album selling platinum. By the end of the year, Brickman issued the first of many Christmas CDs, The Gift, with the title song featuring Collin Raye and Susan Ashton, topping three different charts; for this album, Brickman received a Dove Award from the Gospel Music Association. He later produced several other Christmas-themed albums, Peace (2003), Christmas Romance (2006), Homecoming (2007), and The Hymns and Carols of Christmas (2008); and his two albums Grace (2005) and Faith (2008) concentrated on arrangements of well-known Christian music.
During his career, Valentine went platinum, selling over one million records and four others have sold over 500,000 copies; By Heart (1995), Picture This (1997), The Gift (1997), and Destiny (1999), qualifying them as gold records in the United States. In November 2005, three of Brickman's albums, The Disney Songbook (2004), Grace (2005) and Greatest Hits (2004), held the top three spots on Billboard's new age chart. He also received a Grammy nomination in 2003, an SESAC "Songwriter of the Year" award, and a Canadian Country Music Award for "Best Vocal/Instrumental Collaboration". The 2008 album Faith was nominated for the 2009 Grammy Award for Best New Age Album.
Brickman composes a variety of music. Besides his piano compositions and love songs, he has also drafted arrangements of existing songs, and several of his albums feature arrangements of children's music. He has collaborated with artists from all genres with songs like "Love of My Life" with Michael W. Smith, "You" with Jane Krakowski, "Never Alone" with country group Lady Antebellum, "After All These Years" with Anne Cochran, and "Never Far Away" with Christian contemporary group Rush of Fools, among others.
Brickman's music is sometimes classified in the new-age genre, although the diversity of his music makes Brickman himself skeptical of this classification.
In 2007, Brickman teamed up with Somerset Group Ltd., producing and distributing concept-based music to some of the country’s biggest retailers including Target, Bed Bath & Beyond, Walmart, and Costco.
Making its debut in January 1997, "Your Weekend with Jim Brickman" is a four-hour radio show that has been heard across the US featuring adult contemporary music blended with celebrity interviews, lifestyle features and entertainment reports.
Distributed by Cumulus Media Networks, "Your Weekend with Jim Brickman" airs in more than 80 markets on stations like Milwaukee’s WLDB, Hartford’s WRCH, Honolulu’s KSSK, Cincinnati’s WRRM, and Salt Lake City’s KSFI. The show features experts including Showbiz Tonight's A.J. Hammer, HGTV’s Sabrina Soto, Dr. Drew Ramsey, and money expert Jean Chatzky.
A strong supporter of PBS, Brickman has filmed and released the PBS specials My Romance: An Evening with Jim Brickman (2000), Love Songs & Lullabies (2002), The Disney Songbook (2005), and Beautiful World (2009).
In 2013, Brickman hosted 'Celebration of the '70s', a concert event featuring David Cassidy, Thelma Houston, Stephen Bishop, Rita Coolidge, David Pack (of Ambrosia), Yvonne Elliman, and Firefall, filmed live for XFinity On Demand for Comcast.
Since 2006, Brickman has hosted an annual fan cruise, being joined at sea with his fans for a week of activities and concerts.
In 2013, the first annual "Brickman Bash" kicked off in Nashville on July 18-21. Fans would spend a weekend with Brickman touring Franklin and Nashville, TN.
Since 2008, Brickman has partnered with American Greetings, John Q. Hammons Hotels & Resorts, Whole Foods, Yamaha, Celestial Seasonings, Audio-Technica, and Horatio Alger Association."Cleveland Woman". Retrieved 2009-02-03. "Company profile at Manta.com". www.manta.com. Retrieved 2009-05-28. CNN Transcript of Tony Harris, CNN Anchor. "CNN Saturday Morning News". Retrieved 2009-02-03. (Available from HighBeam with free subscription). "The Tennessee Tribune". Retrieved 2009-02-03. Holly Herndon. "North County Times". Retrieved 2009-02-03. "Jim Brickman CDs". cleveland.about.com. Retrieved 2009-05-28. "Jim Brickman's "The Hymns And Carols Of Christmas"". philstar.com. Retrieved 2009-05-28. Aaron Latham (on Barnes & Noble website). "All Music Guide (Review)". Retrieved 2009-02-03. Rob Theakston (on MSN's shopping website). "All Music Guide - Review". Retrieved 2009-02-03. Jason Victor Serinus (scroll down to 19th review). "A Secrets Music Review". Retrieved 2009-02-03. Ryan Alan. "Foster's Daily Democrat". Retrieved 2009-02-03. "Jim Brickman". bsoinc.com accessdate=2009-05-28. Glenn R. Swift. "PBG Lifestyle Magazine". Retrieved 2009-02-03. "Jim Brickman Radio Show". jimbrickman.com. Retrieved 2009-05-28. Chris Hansen Orf. "East Valley Tribune". Retrieved 2009-02-03. Aaron Wallace. "The Disney Songbook DVD Review". Retrieved 2009-02-03.
Brickman founded Brickhouse Direct (BHD) in 2003, a company that provides strategic marketing and e-commerce solutions for clients in a variety of industries. Brickhouse Direct has done work for a wide range of clients over the years including Universal Music, Concord Music Group, Carly Simon, Michael W. Smith, Amy Grant, Sandi Patty, Casey Kasem, Dave Koz, Chris Sligh, Lenz Entertainment, Anita Renfroe and many others."Brickhouse Direct". brickhouseweb.com. Retrieved 2009-05-28.