Jim Adkins performing at the 9:30 Club in Washington, D.C.
|Birth name||Jim Adkins|
|Born||November 10, 1975|
|Origin||Mesa, Arizona, U.S.|
|Genres||Alternative rock, emo, power pop, acoustic, pop punk|
|Instruments||Guitar, vocals, piano, bass|
|Labels||Capitol, Dreamworks, Interscope, RCA, Fueled by Ramen, Dine Alone, Big Wheel Recreation|
|Gibson Les Paul Studio
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.
Jimmy Eat World (1993-present)
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)
In 2015 Jim Adkins announced he would be doing his first solo tour.
Adkins married Amy Adkins in 2002, and they have 3 children.
- Jimmy Eat World (1994)
- Static Prevails (1996)
- Clarity (1999)
- Bleed American (2001)
- Futures (2004)
- Chase This Light (2007)
- Invented (2010)
- Damage (2013)
- Book Your Own Fuckin' Life #3: Do-It-Yourself Resource Guide. San Francisco, CA: Maximum Rocknroll, 1994; pg. 3.