Jim Brickman wouldn’t play by the rules. Literally. He was 8, taking private lessons from a piano teacher down the street from his parents’ Cleveland suburb home, but little Jimmy Brickman wouldn’t conform to the rudimentary regulations of piano playing, even after his piano teacher told his mother he "didn't have the knack for this." By the age of 12, Brickman found his mentor in the creative tutelage of a Cleveland Institute of Music graduate. As a child, Brickman had studied music at the prestigious conservatory and was honored in 2011 when the Cleveland Institute of Music established a scholarship in his name.
That's all this Shaker Heights, Ohio native needed to set his career in motion, and more than two decades later, Jim Brickman would become the most commercially successful instrumental pop pianist of the last three decades. Four of his albums have been certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America – 1995’s By Heart, 1997’s Picture This and The Gift, and 1999’s Destiny – for sales of more than 500,000 copies. Overall, he’s sold more than 7 million albums.
He’s amassed 27 Top 40 singles on the adult contemporary charts, including 14 Top 10 smashes. His collaboration with soaring country songstress Martina McBride, the beautiful paean to love titled “Valentine,” scored at mainstream country radio in 1998, peaking at No. 9. Other Brickman staples include “Simple Things” with Rebecca Lynn Howard, “Peace” and “The Gift,” both with Collin Raye and Susan Ashton, “Never Alone” with Lady Antebellum, and “Love of My Life” with Michael W. Smith. Most recently in 2013, Brickman's The Magic of Christmas featuring the 2003 remake of "Sending You A Little Christmas" with Johnny Mathis landed at #1 on Billboard New Age and took the #58 spot on Billboard Top 200.
Throughout his long career, Brickman has also shared his artistry with luminaries such as Kenny Loggins, Carly Simon, Herb Alpert, Michael Bolton, Donny Osmond, Richie McDonald of country vocal group Lonestar, smooth jazz saxophonist Dave Koz , Olivia Newton-John, and Canadian country singer Michelle Wright. Along the way he’s been rewarded for his melodically sublime style with two Grammy Award nominations, a couple of SESAC “Songwriter of the Year” Awards, a Canadian Country Music Award and a Dove Award presented by the Gospel Music Association. He’s also the author of two best-selling books, 2001’s Simple Things and 2005’s Love Notes, co-written with Cindy Pearlman.
Reaching outside of his established core audience, Brickman found alternative ways to reach a large audience. He became an important PBS supporter, filming four TV specials for the revered television network – 2000’s My Romance: An Evening with Jim Brickman, 2002’s Love Songs and Lullabies, 2005’s Jim Brickman Live from Disney’s Magic Kingdom, 2009’s Beautiful World and 2013's Celebration of the '70s.
Plus, Brickman believes music helps to shape it's listeners and their lifestyles. He wants his fans to use his music as part of everyday life, which is why he’s recorded inspirational albums, lullabies, romantic records, and of course Christmas albums. With 2014 marking his 20th Anniversary in the music business, Brickman continues to partner with companies and organizations known throughout the world by many - Horatio Alger Association of Distinguished Americans, John Q. Hammons Hotels & Resorts, Audio-Technica, Whole Foods, Celestial Seasonings and American Greetings.
Brickman is also the host of a syndicated radio show, Your Weekend With Jim Brickman, which is currently taped in New York after a 15-year production in Los Angeles, where Brickman lived from 1988 to 2010. Your Weekend With Jim Brickman premiered in 1997 and can now be heard on 80 radio stations across North America in cities such as Milwaukee, Hartford, Portland, Honolulu, Buffalo, Cincinnati, Providence, and Nashville. The show is recorded in advance, and is a four-hour casual lifestyle program that encompasses lots of music, superstar celebrity interviews, expert tips on health, travel, beauty, conversations about pop culture, current topics and more.
Music for soothing the aches of daily life, and music for hanging the mistletoe - that’s the Jim Brickman way. The highest compliment you can pay this 52-year-old pop pianist is to tell him that his compositions became the soundtrack while delivering a baby, taking a bubble bath, enduring chemo therapy, lulling your little one to sleep, dancing with daddy at the wedding and falling in love again. “This is more than just ‘I love that hit song’,” Brickman said. “It’s the experience. I am more about the experimental way that people use the music more so than ever. I want the music to be a constant part of their lives.”
In Jim Brickman’s musical world, there really are no rules.
"Jim Brickman has revolutionized the sound of solo piano with his pop-style instrumentals and star studded vocal collaborations."