Jim Brickman (born November 20, 1961) is definitely an American songwriter and pianist of pop and adult contemporary music, together with a radio show host. Being named essentially the most charted male adult contemporary artist currently, Brickman has earned six Gold and Platinum albums. He is famous for his solo piano compositions, pop-style instrumentals, and vocal collaborations with artists like Lady Antebellum, Johnny Mathis, Michael W. Smith, Martina McBride, Megan Hilty, Donny Osmond, Delta Goodrem, Olivia Newton-John, and many more. He has earned two Grammy nominations for his albums Peace (2003) for Best Instrumental, and Faith (2009) for Best New Age Album; an SESAC “Songwriter on the Year” award; a Canadian Country Music Award for Best Vocal/Instrumental Collaboration; and also a Dove Award presented because of the Gospel Music Association.
Since 1997, he’s hosted their own radio show called “Your Weekend with Jim Brickman“, that’s carried on the air throughout the United States. Brickman has released five PBS specials, and hosts a fan cruise. He is founder of Brickhouse Direct, a firm that provides strategic marketing and e-commerce solutions for clients in a range of industries.
Brickman signed to Windham Hill Records in 1994 and released his first album, No Words featuring the song “Rocket to your Moon” which became his first solo instrumental for being ranked about the Billboard charts. The songs “Angel Eyes” and “If You Believe” gained radio airplay from Brickman’s second release, By Heart within 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, adding a vocal performance, “Valentine”, sung by Martina McBride. This song charted on both country and AC stations, together with the album selling platinum. By the end of year, Brickman issued the 1st of many Christmas CDs, The Gift, with all the title song featuring Collin Raye and Susan Ashton, topping three different charts; due to this album, Brickman received a Dove Award on the Gospel Music Association. He later produced other Christmas-themed albums, Peace (2003), Christmas Romance (2006), Homecoming (2007), and The Hymns and Carols of Christmas (2008); and the two albums Grace (2005) and Faith (2008) focused on arrangements of well-known Christian music.
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 from the United States. In November 2005, three of Brickman’s albums, The Disney Songbook (2004), Grace (2005) and Greatest Hits (2004), held the very best three spots on Billboard’s modern age chart. He also received a Grammy nomination in 2003, an SESAC “Songwriter in the Year” award, and also a Canadian Country Music Award for “Best Vocal/Instrumental Collaboration”. The 2008 album Faith was nominated for that 2009 Grammy Award for Best New Age Album.
Brickman composes various music. Besides his piano compositions and love songs, he’s also drafted arrangements of existing songs, and lots of of his albums feature arrangements of children’s music. He has collaborated with artists 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, amongst others.
Brickman’s music is usually classified within the new-age genre, even though the diversity of his music makes Brickman himself skeptical of the classification.
In 2007, Brickman joined with Somerset Group Ltd., producing and distributing concept-based music to some on the country’s biggest retailers including Target, Bed Bath & Beyond, Walmart, and Costco.