Jimmy Rankin

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Jimmy Rankin
Birth name James Kevin Rankin
Born (1964-05-28) May 28, 1964 (age 50)
Origin Mabou, Nova Scotia, Canada[1]
Genres Country, folk
Occupations Singer-songwriter
Instruments Vocals, guitar
Years active 1989—present
Labels Song Dog Music
Website www.jimmyrankin.com

James Kevin "Jimmy" Rankin (born May 28, 1964) is a Canadian country and folk artist. A member of The Rankin Family, Rankin has also released six solo albums, Song Dog (2001), Handmade (2003), Edge of Day (2007), Forget About the World (2011), Tinsel Town (2012) and Back Road Paradise (2014). Rankin's solo and Rankin Family awards include 5 Junos, 27 East Coast Music Awards, 9 SOCAN top radio play Awards, 7 Canadian Country Music Awards, 2 Music NS Awards, and 2 Canadian Radio Music Awards.

Early years[edit]

Rankin was born in 1964 in Mabou, Nova Scotia. He grew up as part of a musical family that would entertain the neighbors every third weekend as part of the local céilidh. This group became known as The Rankin Family and went on to achieve international success in the 1990s as they brought their well-loved mix of Cape Breton traditional music, roots and pop to the rest of the world.

Musical career[edit]

2001-2002: Song Dog[edit]

After embarking on a solo career, Rankin released his debut album, Song Dog in August 2001. Three singles were released from the album, "Followed Her Around", "Midnight Angel", and "Wasted". "Followed Her Around" was named the "Single of the Year" award at the SOCAN Awards in 2002. The song also was named "Single of the Year" and "Video of the Year" from the East Coast Music Association. Song Dog was named "Album of the Year" at the Canadian Country Music Awards and at the East Coast Music Awards. In 2003, "Midnight Angel" was named "Single of the Year" and Rankin was named SOCAN Songwriter of the Year at the East Coast Music Awards.

2003-2004: Handmade[edit]

Handmade was released in September 2003 and produced three singles, "Morning Bound Train", "Butterfly", and "California Dreamer". It was named "Album of the Year" and "Roots/Traditional Solo Recording of the Year" at the East Coast Music Awards in 2003. "Morning Bound Train" was named "Single of the Year" and Rankin was named SOCAN Songwriter of the Year at the ECMA's. "Butterfly" was named "Single of the Year" and "Video of the Year" at the ECMA's in 2005. Rankin also received SOCAN Songwriter of the Year for the song.

2006-2007: Edge of Day[edit]

After a brief hiatus, Edge of Day was released in May 2007 and produced three singles, "Slipping Away", "Got to Leave Louisiana", and "Still Lovers Now". In 2008, Rankin was named Songwriter of the Year at the Canadian Country Music Awards for the song, "First Time in a Long Time" with Deric Ruttan. At the East Coast Music Awards, Edge of Day was named Country Recording of the Year, FACTOR Recording of the Year and Konica Minolta Male Solo Recording of the Year. He was also awarded SOCAN Songwriter of the Year for the song, "Slipping Away".

2011-2012: Forget About the World[edit]

Forget About the World was released in April 2011 and has released three singles, "Here in My Heart", "I'm Just Saying" and "The Hurtin' Part". Forget About the World was nominated fore Juno for Country Recording of the Year and a record breaking 8 ECMAs including: Recording of the Year, Entertainer of the Year, Song of the Year, Video of the Year, Country Album of the Year, Video of the Year and Songwriter of the Year. In September 2011, Rankin won a CCMA for “Roots Artist of the Year” and in November 2011 he won the Music Nova Scotia “SOCAN Songwriter of the Year” Award as well as a SOCAN top radio play award for his song “Up All Night”. The accolades continued in December with Rankin's fans naming him one of CBC Radio's Top 50 Artists of 2011. Rankin's song “Here in My Heart” was named the number one Canadian Country song of 2011 by Top Country. Rankin won “Roots Artist of the Year” for the second year in a row in September 2012.

2012-2013: Tinsel Town[edit]

The Christmas themed album Tinsel Town was released on November 6, 2012. Rankin embarked on Cross-Canada tours in support of the effort in November and December 2012 and 2013. The album, produced by Bill Bell (Jason Mraz, Tom Cochrane), contains four original songs: "Tinseltown", "December", "Boogie Woogie Christmas" and "Don't Wanna Say Goodbye to Christmas". The CD package has a unique feature that allows it to be sent in the mail as a Christmas card.

2014-present: Back Road Paradise[edit]

Rankin released his sixth full-length album, Back Road Paradise, produced by Bill Bell, on April 1, 2014. Back Road Paradise features 12 brand-new Rankin compositions, including lead-off single “Cool Car” and duets with Grammy winner and bluegrass icon Alison Krauss, as well as Blue Rodeo’s Jim Cuddy.

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Title Details
Song Dog
  • Release date: August 14, 2001
  • Label: Song Dog Music/Fontana North
Handmade
  • Release date: September 2, 2003
  • Label: Song Dog Music/Fontana North
Edge of Day
  • Release date: May 8, 2007
  • Label: Song Dog Music/Fontana North
Forget About the World
  • Release date: April 12, 2011
  • Label: Song Dog Music/Fontana North
Tinsel Town
  • Release date: November 6, 2012
  • Label: Song Dog Music/Fontana North
Back Road Paradise
  • Release date: April 1, 2014
  • Label: Song Dog Music/Fontana North

Singles[edit]

Year Single Peak positions Album
CAN Country
[2]
2001 "Followed Her Around" Song Dog
2002 "Midnight Angel"
"Wasted"
2003 "Morning Bound Train" Handmade
2004 "Butterfly"
"California Dreamer"
2006 "Slipping Away" Edge of Day
2007 "Got to Leave Louisiana"
"Still Lovers Now"
2011 "Here in My Heart" Forget About the World
"I'm Just Saying"
2012 "The Hurtin' Part"
"Tinseltown" Tinsel Town
2014 "Cool Car" 33 Back Road Paradise
"Whiskey When the Sun Goes Down"A
"—" denotes releases that did not chart
  • ACurrent single.

Other charted songs[edit]

Year Single Peak positions Album
CAN AC
[3]
2014 "Boogie Woogie Christmas" 44 Tinsel Town

Music videos[edit]

Year Video Director
2001 "Followed Her Around" George Dougherty
2002 "Midnight Angel" David Hyde
2003 "Morning Bound Train"
2004 "Butterfly" Margaret Malandruccolo
"California Dreamer"
2007 "Slipping Away" David Hogan
2011 "Here in My Heart" Jeth Weinrich
"I'm Just Saying"
2012 "The Hurtin' Part" Margaret Malandruccolo
2014 "Cool Car"

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Association Category Result
2002 Canadian Radio Music Awards Best New Solo Artist (Adult Contemporary) Won
Best New Solo Artist (Country) Won
Canadian Country Music Awards Album of the Year - Song Dog Nominated
Roots Artist/Group of the Year Won
East Coast Music Awards Album of the Year - Song Dog Won
Country Artist/Group of the Year Won
Male Artist of the Year Won
Single of the Year - "Followed Her Around" Won
SOCAN Songwriter of the Year - "Followed Her Around" (with Gordie Sampson) Won
Video of the Year - "Followed Her Around Won
Juno Awards of 2002 Best Country Artist/Group Nominated
Nova Scotia Music Awards Music Industry Artist of the Year Won
Songwriter of the Year Won
SOCAN Awards Single of the Year - "Followed Her Around" Won
2003 Canadian Country Music Awards Roots Artist/Group of the Year Nominated
East Coast Music Awards Single of the Year - "Midnight Angel" Won
SOCAN Songwriter of the Year - "Midnight Angel" Won
2004 Canadian Country Music Awards Roots Artist/Group of the Year Nominated
East Coast Music Awards Album of the Year - Handmade Won
Entertainer of the Year Won
Male Artist of the Year Won
Roots/Traditional Solo Recording of the Year - Handmade Won
Single of the Year - "Morning Bound Train" Won
SOCAN Songwriter of the Year - "Morning Bound Train" Won
2005 Entertainer of the Year Won
Single of the Year - "Butterfly" Won
SOCAN Songwriter of the Year - "Butterfly" Won
Video of the Year - "Butterfly" Won
2007 Canadian Country Music Awards Roots Artist/Group of the Year Nominated
2008 Songwriter of the Year - "First Time in a Long Time" (with Deric Ruttan) Nominated
East Coast Music Awards Country Recording of the Year - Edge of Day Won
FACTOR Recording of the Year - Edge of Day Won
Konica Minolta Male Solo Recording of the Year - Edge of Day Won
SOCAN Songwriter of the Year - "Slipping Away" Won
2011 Canadian Country Music Awards Roots Artist/Group of the Year Won
Nova Scotia Music Awards SOCAN Songwriter of the Year - "Here in My Heart" Won
2012 Juno Awards of 2012 Country Album of the Year - Forget About the World Nominated
East Coast Music Awards Fan's Choice Video of the Year Won
Canadian Country Music Awards Roots Artist/Group of the Year Won
2014 Roots Artist/Group of the Year Pending

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