Jim Adkins

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Jim Adkins
Jim Adkins performing at the 9:30 Club in Washington, D.C.
Background information
Birth name James Christopher Adkins
Born (1975-11-10) November 10, 1975 (age 42)
Origin Mesa, Arizona, U.S.
  • Musician
  • singer
  • songwriter
  • guitarist
  • Guitar
  • vocals
  • piano
  • keyboards
  • percussion
  • bass
Years active 1993–present
Associated acts Jimmy Eat World
Website jimadkins.net

James Christopher "Jim" Adkins[1] (born November 10, 1975) is an American rock musician. He is best known as the lead guitarist, lead vocalist, and songwriter of the rock band Jimmy Eat World.

Music career[edit]

Jimmy Eat World (1993-present)[edit]

Jimmy Eat World formed in Mesa, Arizona in 1993. Guitarist Jim Adkins and drummer Zach Lind, who had been friends since preschool, joined with guitarist Tom Linton and bass player Mitch Porter to try their hand at music. The band originally formed with a punk rock sound and first released a demo tape in 1993, followed by their first EP in 1994, entitled One, Two, Three, Four. Their debut self-titled album (1994) was released with Linton singing most of the lead vocals on the album. Within the span of a couple of years, the band recorded and released three singles and a full-length on local label Wooden Blue Records.

During their formative period the band claimed as influences such pop-punk bands as Mr. T Experience, Radon, and Tempe's Horace Pinker.[2]

The four-piece's commercial breakthrough came with the successful release of several singles from the album Bleed American (2001). Four singles from the album charted within the top twenty positions of the Hot Modern Rock Tracks chart, with "The Middle" reaching the number one position. Jimmy Eat World's follow-up album Futures (2004) featured another Modern Rock Tracks number one song, "Pain". The RIAA certified Bleed American platinum and Futures gold, rewarding the two albums for selling over one and a half million records between them. The band's sixth album Chase This Light (2007) became the band's highest charting album, peaking at number five on the Billboard 200.

Solo work (2015-present)[edit]

In 2015 Jim Adkins announced he would be doing his first solo tour.


External links[edit]


  1. ^ Adkins, James Christopher. "ASCAP Ace Search". American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP). Retrieved September 2, 2016.
  2. ^ Book Your Own Fuckin' Life #3: Do-It-Yourself Resource Guide. San Francisco, CA: Maximum Rocknroll, 1994; pg. 3.