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JIM BRICKMAN: A JOYFUL CHRISTMAS

Tuesday, December 11, 2018 – 7:30 PM

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Jim Brickman's distinctive piano style and captivating live performances have revolutionized the popularity of instrumental music, making him a driving force behind modern American music. The hit-making songwriter is the best-selling solo pianist of our time earning twenty-one Number One albums and thirty-two Top 20 Radio Singles in the industry bible, Billboard Magazine. He's garnered two Grammy nominations, gospel music's Dove Award, two SESAC Songwriter of the Year Awards, and the Canadian Country Music Award. He also has a music scholarship named for him by his alma mater, the prestigious Cleveland Institute of Music.

Born and raised in Shaker Heights, Ohio, Brickman began his music training at the age of five. But young James wouldn't conform to the rudimentary regulations of piano lessons. "He didn’t have the knack for it," his first teacher would say. That didn’t discourage the tenacious pianist from creating his own unique brand of musical storytelling.

Brickman is one of pop music's most fascinating success stories. He jumped from a career as a jingle writer of famous tunes for advertising, to reviving the romantic standard of the popular song. His star-studded vocal collaborations have crossed genres to feature luminaries like Martina McBride, Carly Simon, Lady Antebellum, Michael W. Smith, Herb Alpert, Michael Bolton, Donny Osmond, Kenny Rogers, Olivia Newton-John, Johnny Mathis, Kenny Loggins, Jane Krakowski, and a host of country, R&B, Broadway, pop, and jazz musicians.

He's written three best-selling books, starred in four TV concert specials, and is in the 20th season of hosting the popular syndicated radio show: The Jim Brickman Show. Hope, Faith and Peace are truly at the heart of Jim Brickman's passionate songwriting. "I write music to be shared — to soothe, to inspire, to celebrate, to love. To me, music is the pure and simple soundtrack to life's most memorable moments."

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