The Full Wiki

Jim Brickman: Map


Wikipedia article:

Map showing all locations mentioned on Wikipedia article:

Jim Brickman (born 1961) is an Americanmarker songwriter and pianist. He has been named the most charted male Adult Contemporary artist to date, with six of his albums receiving Gold and Platinum status. 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, Olivia Newton-John, Lady Antebellum, and others. He earned a Grammy nomination in 2003, SESAC "Songwriter of the Year" award, Canadian Country Music Award for "Best Vocal/ Instrumental Collaboration", and a Dove Award presented by the Gospel Music Association.

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.


Early years

Brickman was born and raised in Cleveland, Ohiomarker. He began playing piano at the age of five. Later he studied composition and performance at the Cleveland Institute of Music while taking business classes at Case Western Reserve Universitymarker. In 1980, Brickman founded his own advertising music company called The Brickman Arrangement, writing commercial jingles for many companies across the country such as McDonalds, Pontiac, City of Cleveland, Ohio Lottery, and Isuzu.

Musical career

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 be ranked on 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 CD's title tune, "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 selling platinum. By the end of the year, Brickman issued the first of many Christmas CDs, 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); and his two albums Grace (2005) and Faith (2008) concentrate 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 in the United States. 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 chart. He also received a Grammy nomination in 2003, an SESAC "Songwriter of the Year" award, and a Canadian Country Music Award for "Best Vocal/Instrumental Collaboration".

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. He has collaborated with artists from 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, "Never Far Away" with Christian contemporary group Rush of Fools, among others.

His music is sometimes classified in the new age genre, although the diversity of his music makes Brickman skeptical of this classification.

In 2008 Brickman teamed up with American Greetings lending his music to some of their eCards.

PBS specials

Jim Brickman has filmed and released the PBS specials, My Romance: An Evening with Jim Brickman, Love Songs & Lullabies, and The Disney Songbook. In June 2009, Brickman will come back to PBS with Beautiful World, being filmed at the Niagara Fallsview Casino Resortmarker. Sharing the stage will be Jon Secada, Melinda Doolittle, Órla Fallon, Arthur Hanlon, David Klinkenberg, Mark Masri, plus Anne Cochran and Tracy Silverman.

Radio show

Making its debut in January 1997, Your Weekend with Jim Brickman is a three-hour radio show that has been heard across the US featuring adult contemporary music blended with celebrity interviews, lifestyle features, and entertainment reports. Brickman is also joined by entertainment reporter Kym Douglas who is the Fashion and Beauty contributor for The Ellen Show and the lifestyle expert for Good Day L.A.In June 2009, Brickman will switch syndicating companies from WestStar to Impact Radio Network with more stations to be added.

Annual fan cruise

Since 2006, Brickman has been joined at sea with his fans for a week of activities including Q&A with Jim Brickman, concerts at sea, and "Brick-aoke" where fans sing Brickman songs. In 2006 and 2007, Brickman and fans set sail to the Eastern Caribbean, followed by a cruise to the Mexican Riviera in 2008, and traveling the Southern Caribbean in 2009. In July 2010, a cruise is scheduled to Alaska on "The Ultimate Cruise" leaving out of Seattle, WA.

Brickhouse Direct

Brickman founded Brickhouse Direct (BHD) in 2003, a company that provides strategic marketing and e-commerce solutions for clients in a variety of industries. Brickhouse Direct has done work for a wide range of clients over the years including Universal Music, Concord Music Group, Carly Simon, Michael W. Smith, Amy Grant, Sandi Patty, Casey Kasem, Dave Koz, Chris Sligh, Lenz Entertainment, Anita Renfroe and many others.



Year Album Chart Positions RIAA
US CAN Country
1994 No Words
1995 By Heart 187 Gold
1997 Picture This 30 Gold
The Gift 48 19 Gold
1998 Visions of Love 170
1999 Destiny 42 Gold
2000 My Romance 75
2001 Simple Things 54
2002 Love Songs and Lullabies 73
2003 Peace 87
2004 Greatest Hits 134
2005 Grace 88
The Disney Songbook 142
2006 Escape 105
Christmas Romance
2007 Homecoming 96
2008 Valentine
Ultimate Love Songs
2009 Beautiful World 89
Joy 185
"—" denotes releases that failed to chart, not released, or not certified


Year Single Peak chart positions Album
US AC US Country CAN AC CAN Country
1996 "By Heart" 16 By Heart: Piano Solos
"Hero's Dream" 24 Picture This
1997 "Valentine" (with Martina McBride)A 3 68 16
"Picture This" 23
"Your Love" (with Michelle Wright)B 16 15 Visions of Love
"The Gift" (with Collin Raye and Susan Ashton) 3 51 52 The Gift / Visions of Love
1998 "After All These Years" (with Anne Cochran) 8 18 Visions of Love
"Valentine" (with Martina McBride; re-release)A 9 14 Evolution (Martina McBride album)
1999 "Love of My Life" (with Michael W. Smith) 9 Destiny
"Destiny" (with Jordan Hill and Billy Porter) 10 10
"Your Love" (with Michelle Wright; re-release) 19 74 Visions of Love
2000 "The Love I Found in You" (with Dave Koz) 15 84 My Romance: An Evening with Jim Brickman
2001 "Simple Things" (with Rebecca Lynn Howard) 13 Simple Things
2002 "A Mother's Day" 18
"You" (with Jane Krakowski) 4 Love Songs and Lullabies
2003 "Peace (Where the Heart Is)" (with Collin Raye and Susan Ashton) 15 Peace
"Sending You a Little Christmas" (with Kristy Starling)C 1
2004 "Til I See You Again" 21 Greatest Hits
"My Love Is Here" (with Roch Voisine) 21
2005 "I'm Amazed" (with Lila McCann) 59 The Disney Songbook
"You" (with Tara MacLean) 32 Love Songs and Lullabies
"Hear Me (Water into Wine)" (with Michael Bolton) 20 Grace
"Beautiful" (with Wayne Brady) 2 The Disney Songbook
2006 "Hideaway" (with Geoff Byrd) 3 Escape
"Escape" (with Marc Antoine)D
2007 "Never Alone" (with Lady Antebellum) 14
"Coming Home for Christmas" (with Richie McDonald) 4 Homecoming
2009 "Never Far Away" (with Rush of Fools) 11 Wonder of the World (Rush of Fools album)
"Beautiful World (We're All Here)" (with Adam Crossley) 14 Beautiful World
"—" denotes releases that failed to chart or not released

  • A "Valentine" was originally only released to Adult Contemporary, but charted on the country charts as an album cut. It was remixed and released to country radio the following year. It also peaked at #50 on the Billboard Hot 100.
  • B "Your Love" also peaked at #42 on the RPM Top Singles chart.
  • C "Sending You a Little Christmas" also peaked at #15 on Hot Christian Songs.
  • D "Escape" peaked at #17 on Hot Contemporary Jazz Songs.


External links

Embed code:

Got something to say? Make a comment.
Your name
Your email address