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Jim Brickman Biography

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Born: 1961/11/20
Birth Place: Cleveland, Ohio, USA
Years Active: 1994-present
Genres: Adult Contemporary, New Age

Jim Brickman (born November 20, 1961) is an American songwriter and pianist. He is known for his solo piano compositions, pop-style instrumentals, and vocal collaborations with artists such as Michael W. Smith, Martina McBride, Donny Osmond, Delta Goodrem, Misha Omar, Olivia Newton-John, Lady Antebellum, and others. Brickman writes a variety of music. Besides his piano compositions and love songs, he has also created arrangements of existing songs and several of his albums feature arrangements of children's music. 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 three 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.

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 enter 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 album'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 certifying platinum.

By the end of the year, Brickman issued the first of many Christmas albums, “The Gift,” with the title song featuring Collin Raye and Susan Ashton, topping three different charts for which Brickman received a Dove Award from the Gospel Music Association. He has produced several other Christmas-themed albums, “Peace” (2003), “Christmas Romance” (2006), “Homecoming” (2007), and “The Hymns and Carols of Christmas” (2008).

His gold selling album, “Destiny,” was released in 1999. 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 Albums chart. His 2008 album, “Faith,” has been nominated for a 2010 Grammy Award for Best New Age Album.