Jim Brickman

Jim Brickman (born November 20, 1961) is an American songwriter and pianist of pop music, as well as a radio show host. 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.[1] He has earned two Grammy nominations for his albums Peace (2003) for Best Instrumental, and Faith (2009) for Best New Age Album;[2] 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.

Jim Brickman
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Background information
Born (1961-11-20) November 20, 1961 (age 58)
OriginCleveland, Ohio, U.S.
GenresPop
Occupation(s)Songwriter, recording artist, radio host
InstrumentsPiano, vocals
Years active1994–present
LabelsBMG/Windham Hill, Savoy Label Group, Brickhouse, Mood Entertainment
Websitejimbrickman.com

Since 1997, he has hosted his own radio show, "The Jim Brickman Show", which is carried on radio stations throughout the United States.[3] Brickman has also released five PBS specials, and hosts an annual fan cruise or bash. He is founder of Brickhouse Direct, a company that provides strategic marketing and e-commerce solutions for clients in a variety of industries.

HistoryEdit

Early yearsEdit

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.[4] In 1980, Brickman founded his own advertising music company called The Brickman Arrangement,[5] writing commercial jingles for many companies across the country such as McDonald's, Pontiac, City of Cleveland, Ohio Lottery, and Isuzu.[6]

Musical careerEdit

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.[7] 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,[8] adding a vocal performance, "Valentine", sung by Martina McBride.[9] This song charted on both country and AC stations, with the album selling platinum.[10] 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.[11] He later produced several other Christmas-themed albums, Peace (2003), Christmas Romance (2006), Homecoming (2007), and The Hymns and Carols of Christmas (2008);[12] and his two albums Grace (2005) and Faith (2008) concentrated on arrangements of well-known Christian music.[13]

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.[14] In November 2005, three of Brickman's albums, The Disney Songbook (2005), Grace (2005) and Greatest Hits (2004), held the top three spots on Billboard's New Age chart.[15] 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".[16] 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.[17]

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.

After 2007, Brickman recorded several albums with Somerset, Killer Tracks and Green Hill.

In 2015 he released the first album in the Soothe series. The soothing original music of Jim Brickman, laced with gentle sounds of nature offers the perfect, pure soundtrack for relaxation, meditation, yoga and massage. "Soothe, Vol. 1" came with an Audiobook of the original book written by Brickman, "Soothe - How to Find Calm Amid Everyday Chaos." "Soothe Volume 2: Sleep," "Volume 3: Meditation", "Volume 4: Subzero" and "Volume 5: Lullaby Dreams" followed through 2019.

In 2020, Brickman is releasing his Brand New "25th Anniversary: Greatest Hits" album commemorating a quarter century of romantic hits. In this album, Brickman is singing all of his own hits for the first time. There are multiple packages available in this release, including a 48 page, full color booklet of photos, lyrics and memories. The album will also be available on vinyl and a USB cassette.

Radio show and PodcastEdit

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 music blended with celebrity interviews, lifestyle features and entertainment reports.[18]

In 2018, The Jim Brickman Show Podcast debuted on Podcasts by Pandora. It's a place for listeners to hear extended conversations, behind the scenes takes, plus “The Good, The Bad and The Ugly” that they won’t hear on the radio show. As of March 2020, there are over 50 episodes of this podcast and along with Pandora, these episodes can be heard on Jim Brickman's website as well.

In 2020, The Jim Brickman Show is now producing a new platform with a robust following: " The Brickman Bedtime Story". It focuses on inspirational stories, happy thoughts, and lifestyle tips for the end of a long stressful day. The robust Muti-platform digital TV Podcast airs at 10PM eastern every week. Brickman, who has over 7 million weekly streams on Pandora, and 300K on Spotify has built a huge audience of fans who are looking to feel good messages in a time of need.

TV specialsEdit

A strong supporter of PBS, Brickman has filmed and released the PBS specials My Romance: An Evening with Jim Brickman (2000),[19] Love Songs & Lullabies (2002), The Disney Songbook (2005),[20] 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.

Other venturesEdit

In 2006, Brickman hosted a cruise for fans, being joined with his fans for up to 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 2006, Brickman Cruise or Bash has been held almost each year. Cruises includes the Mexican Riviera, Alaska, Hawaii, New England and Bash includes Nashville, Cleveland, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Arizona and Las Vegas.

SponsorsEdit

Since 2008, Brickman has partnered with American Greetings, John Q. Hammons Hotels & Resorts, Whole Foods, Roland, Celestial Seasonings, Audio-Technica, Velveeta Cheese, Crystal Light, QVC, Expedia and Horatio Alger.

Media appearancesEdit

Brickman appeared on the September/October 2013 cover of Making Music Magazine to discuss his life and career.[21]

Brickhouse DirectEdit

Brickman founded Brickhouse Direct (BHD) in 2003, a company that provides strategic marketing and e-commerce solutions for clients in a variety of industries.

DiscographyEdit

AlbumsEdit

Year Album Chart position RIAA Record label
US
[22]
US New Age CAN Country
1994 No Words Windham Hill
1995 By Heart 187 Gold
1997 Picture This 30 Gold
The Gift 48 19 Gold
1998 Visions of Love 170
1999 Destiny 42 Gold
2000 My Romance 75
2001 Simple Things 54
2002 Love Songs and Lullabies 73
Valentine
2003 Peace 87
2004 Greatest Hits 134
2005 Grace 88
The Disney Songbook 142 Walt Disney Records
2006 Escape 105 Savoy Label Group
Christmas Romance Compass Records
2007 Homecoming 96 SLG
Hope Compass Records
2008 Valentine Reissue Savoy Label Group
Unspoken 199
Ultimate Love Songs Time Life
The Hymns and Carols of Christmas Green Hill
Faith Compass Productions
2009 Beautiful World 89 Somerset Entertainment
Joy 85 Compass Productions (Target), Somerset
2010 Home Somerset Entertainment
Love 141
2011 Yesterday Once More: A Tribute to the Music of the Carpenters Green Hill
All Is Calm: Peaceful Christmas Hymns 84 Somerset Entertainment
Romanza
2012 Believe Mood Entertainment
Piano Lullabies
2013 The Magic of Christmas 58 Somerset Entertainment
Love 2
2014 Blessed: Songs of Inspiration Mood Entertainment
Pure Worship Green Hill
On a Winter's Night: The Songs and Spirit of Christmas
2015 Pure Romance
Soothe Vol. 1: Music to Quiet Your Mind and Soothe Your World Brickman Music [23]
2016 Pure Cinema
Freedom Rings: Solo Piano Brickman Music
Soothe Vol. 2: Sleep - Music for Tranquil Slumber 1 Valley Entertainment [24]
2017 Wedding Songs 6 Brickman Music
Soothe Vol. 3: Meditation - Music for Peaceful Relaxation Valley Entertainment [25]
A Joyful Christmas BMG
2018 Soothe, Vol. 4: Subzero - Sounds That Spark the Senses 1 Odeon Records [26]
8: Just Breathe Odeon Records Limited
2019 Soothe Vol. 5: Lullaby Dreams - Music for a Peaceful Escape Odeon Records Limited
Underground Odeon Records Limited
A Christmas Celebration Green Hill
2020 Interstellar Odeon Records Limited
25th Anniversary: Greatest Hits Green Hill
"—" denotes releases that failed to chart, not released, or not certified

Soothe Series - AlbumsEdit

Year Album Chart position RIAA Record label
US
[27]
US New Age CAN Country
2015 Soothe Vol. 1: Music to Quiet Your Mind and Soothe Your World Valley Entertainment [28]
2016 Soothe Vol. 2: Sleep - Music for Tranquil Slumber 1 Valley Entertainment [29]
2017 Soothe Vol. 3: Meditation - Music for Peaceful Relaxation Valley Entertainment [30]
2018 Soothe, Vol. 4: Subzero - Sounds That Spark the Senses 1 Odeon Records [31]
2019 Soothe Vol. 5: Lullaby Dreams - Music for a Peaceful Escape Odeon Records
"—" denotes releases that failed to chart, not released, or not certified

SinglesEdit

Year Title Peak chart position Album
US AC
[32]
US Country CAN AC CAN Country CAN
1996 "By Heart" (with Laura Creamer) 16 By Heart: Piano Solos
"Hero's Dream" 24 Picture This
1997 "Valentine" (with Martina McBride)A 3 53 16
"Picture This" 23
"Your Love" (with Michelle Wright) 74 16 15 42 Visions of Love
"The Gift" (with Collin Raye and Susan Ashton) 3 51 52 The Gift / Visions of Love
1998 "After All These Years" (with Anne Cochran) 8 18 Visions of Love
"Valentine" (with Martina McBride; re-release)A 9 14 Evolution (Martina McBride album)
1999 "Love of My Life" (with Michael W. Smith) 9 Destiny
"Destiny" (with Jordan Hill and Billy Porter) 10 10
"Your Love" (with Michelle Wright; re-release) 19 74 Visions of Love
2000 "The Love I Found in You" (with Dave Koz) 15 84 My Romance: An Evening with Jim Brickman
2001 "Simple Things" (with Rebecca Lynn Howard) 1 Simple Things
2002 "A Mother's Day" 18
"You" (with Jane Krakowski) 4 Love Songs and Lullabies
2003 "Peace (Where the Heart Is)" (with Collin Raye and Susan Ashton) 15 Peace
"Sending You a Little Christmas" (with Kristy Starling)B 1
2004 "Til I See You Again" (with Mark Schultz) 21 Greatest Hits
"My Love Is Here" (with Roch Voisine) 21 9
2005 "I'm Amazed" (with Lila McCann) 59 The Disney Songbook
"You" (with Tara MacLean) 32 Love Songs and Lullabies
"Hear Me (Tears into Wine)" (with Michael Bolton) 20 Grace
"Beautiful" (with Wayne Brady) 2 The Disney Songbook
2006 "Hideaway (When It Snows)" (with Geoff Byrd) 3 Escape
2007 "Escape" (with Marc Antoine)C
"Never Alone" (with Lady Antebellum) 14 Escape and Never Alone (single)
"Coming Home for Christmas" (with Richie McDonald) 4 Homecoming
2009 "Never Far Away" (with Rush of Fools) 11 Wonder of the World (Rush of Fools album)
"Beautiful World (We're All Here)" (with Adam Crossley) 4 7 95 Beautiful World
2011 "Fa La La" (with Olivia Jade Archbold) 2
2012 "Good Morning Beautiful" (with Luke McMaster)D 3
2017 "Christmas Where You Are" (with Five for Fighting) 2 A Joyful Christmas
2019 "Feliz Navidad" (featuring Kathy Phillips) 28 A Christmas Celebration
"—" denotes releases that failed to chart or not released
  • A "Valentine" was originally only released to Adult Contemporary and charted on Hot Country Songs as an album cut. It was remixed and released to country radio the following year. It also peaked at No. 50 on the Billboard Hot 100.
  • B "Sending You a Little Christmas" also peaked at No. 15 on Hot Christian Songs.
  • C "Escape" peaked at No. 17 on Hot Contemporary Jazz Songs.
  • D Peak position from Christmas version titled "Merry Christmas Beautiful".

Music videosEdit

Year Video Director
1997 "Valentine" (with Martina McBride)[33] Alan Glazen, Ron Goldfarb, Ted Zbozion
"Your Love" (with Michelle Wright)[34] David Safian
"The Gift" (with Susan Ashton and Collin Raye)[35] Norry Niven
2007 "Never Alone" (with Lady Antebellum) Glenn Sweitzer
"Coming Home for Christmas" (with Richie McDonald)
2012 "Good Morning Beautiful" (with Luke McMaster) George Tsioutsioulas

ReferencesEdit

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