Thursday, January 28, 2010

PianoSoft Behind the Scenes - Spotlight on Jim Brickman

Our resident PianoSoft insider, Cathy, is back today to give us the scoop on 2010 Grammy nominee, and PianoSoft artist, Jim Brickman.

Since it’s almost February, it seems appropriate to feature an artist whose greatest hits include the songs “Valentine”, “Love of My Life” and “By Heart”. If you like romantic piano music (who doesn’t?) you’ll definitely enjoy the music of one of our most popular PianoSoft Artists, Jim Brickman.

Jim’s music is perfect for this romantic time of year. But February is special for Jim in more ways than one this year, as his album Faith is up for Grammy Award this weekend in Best New Age Album category. Jim was previously nominated for a Grammy in 2003 for his holiday CD, Peace and he has many other awards to his credit already including the SESAC Songwriter of the Year in both 1998 and 1999. In case this gives you the impression that he’s just a critic’s darling, he also has also produced three Gold Records and one Platinum Record (The Gift). Over the years Jim has collaborated with artists such as Martina McBride, Lady Antebellum, Olivia Newton John, Kenny Loggins, Carly Simon, Sara Evans and Donny Osmond.

His resume is indeed impressive, but we had the pleasure of his company for two live recordings in our PianoSoft studio and can testify to the fact that he is a lovely person as well as an extremely talented musician. He is a gentleman who, though he must be accustomed to “first class” treatment, was appreciative of the smallest courtesies. I believe his charm and kindness, in addition to his musical talent, have contributed greatly to his tremendous success.

If you’re a fan of live music, chances are you can catch him in concert no matter where you live, because the man does travel! He visits more than 125 cities a year, and plays for devoted fans across Asia and Europe . On top of that, he hosts fantastic cruises every year for his many fans, giving them a special opportunity to enjoy his music and hospitality. This year’s cruise will be heading to Alaska in July.

If you’re looking for a perfect musical Valentine’s Day gift, think of the romantic Jim Brickman. Both of his PianoSoft albums, "Winter Peace" and "The Romance of Jim Brickman" are in stock at Yamaha MusicSoft and Internet Direct Connection.  A visit to Jim's website is also worthwhile trip. The site is full of interesting information, great music and special offers. You can even purchase an autographed copy of “Valentine!”

Jim is the most talented and warm-hearted musician you could ever hope to meet, and we are so pleased to count him as a member of the PianoSoft family. As you can tell by the picture at the top of the post, he’s cute, too.

- Cathy