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. Brickman's two new exclusive albums for Target Stores are set for release in November 2011: Romanza, a collection of Italian-inspired original love songs, and All Is Calm, peaceful traditional carols celebrating the Christmas season.
Brickman's best-known compositions include the chart-toppers "Valentine," "The Gift," "Love of My Life," "Simple Things" and "Peace." He's established a reputation for his collaborations with many gifted musical artists: Lady Antebellum, Martina McBride, Kenny Loggins, Michael W. Smith, Carly Simon, Herb Alpert, Collin Raye, Michael Bolton, Donny Osmond, and Olivia Newton-John.
His signature style has brought him six Gold and Platinum albums, 30 charted adult radio hits, and two Grammy nominations. He recently tied for most Number One albums on Billboard's New Age chart, and he currently holds four of its Top 10 spots. Brickman 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.
Brickman has been a strong supporter of PBS, starring in four TV concert specials: Beautiful World (2009), Jim Brickman Live from Disney's Magic Kingdom (2005), My Romance—An Evening with Jim Brickman (2000) and Love Songs and Lullabies (2002).
A native of Cleveland, 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.
Brickman has received international acclaim as a concert performer, taking his popular live concerts to more than 125 cities each year. His Jim Brickman Cruises have become an annual hot-ticket event. He's teamed up with American Greetings, lending original music to create some of their best-selling e-Cards, and is also featured on StarGreetz, a new internet greeting phenomenon.
Other artistic endeavors include a popular weekly radio show, Your Weekend; two best-selling books, Simple Things and Love Notes; debuts at Carnegie Hall and the White House; and international touring from Spain to Thailand. Brickman lends a hand to many charitable foundations for children, including Autism Speaks, UNICEF and Camp Heartland. A scholarship was recently established in his name at the Cleveland Institute of Music. Advance