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 in 2003 and 2009, six Gold and Platinum albums, and the most charted adult radio hits. He recently tied for most number one CD 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, 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.
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).
Brickman has received international acclaim as a concert performer, taking his popular live concerts to more than 100 cities each year. Other artistic endeavors include teamed up with American Greetings lending his music to create some of their best-selling e-Cards to date to a weekly radio show, Your Weekendwith Jim Brickman. Plus 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.