Jim Brickman

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Jim Brickman
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Background information
Born (1961-11-20) November 20, 1961 (age 60)
OriginCleveland, Ohio, U.S.
GenresPop, new age
Occupation(s)Songwriter, pianist, recording artist, radio host
InstrumentsPiano, vocals
Years active1994–present
LabelsBMG/Windham Hill, Savoy Label Group, Brickhouse, Mood Entertainment
Associated actsAnne Cochran, Tracy Silverman[1]

James Merrill Brickman[2] (born November 20, 1961) is an American pop songwriter, pianist and radio host. Brickman has earned two Grammy nominations for his albums Peace (2003) for Best Instrumental, and Faith (2009) for Best New Age Album.[3] He won a Canadian Country Music Award, a Dove Award presented by the Gospel Music Association, and was twice named Songwriter of the Year by SESAC. Billboard lists 22 of his albums reaching No. 1 on the New Age chart,[4] and 16 of his songs reaching Top 10 on the Adult Contemporary chart.[5] Four of his albums were certified Gold by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).

Since 1997, he has hosted his own radio show, "The Jim Brickman Show", which is carried on radio stations throughout the United States.[6]

Brickman has collaborated with Lady A, Johnny Mathis, Kenny Rogers, Michael W. Smith, Leslie Odom Jr., Martina McBride, Megan Hilty, Donny Osmond, Delta Goodrem, Olivia Newton-John, Carly Simon, John Oates, Five for Fighting, Michael Bolton, Gerald Levert, Jane Krakowski, Richie McDonald, Mat & Savanna Shaw,[7] and many others.[8][9]

Early life[edit]

Brickman was born and raised in Shaker Heights, Ohio, and began playing piano at the age of five. His Jewish parents took him to services at Suburban Temple-Kol Ami in nearby Beachwood, where Brickman was confirmed in his teens.[1] He attended Shaker Heights High School, and he performed on piano with the high school orchestra. He heard fellow student Anne Cochran sing in a musical, and introduced himself, asking her to join him in performing piano-vocal material. Together, they won a talent competition hosted by the WGCL "G98" radio station. Another high school friend named Meg Tippett convinced Brickman to join the Heights Youth Theatre as accompanist, which grew into four years as musical director.[9]

Brickman studied composition and performance at the Cleveland Institute of Music while taking business classes at Case Western Reserve University.[10] In 1980, Brickman founded his own advertising music company called The Brickman Arrangement,[11] writing commercial jingles for many companies across the country such as McDonald's, Pontiac, City of Cleveland, Ohio Lottery, and Isuzu.[12]

Musical career[edit]

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.[13] 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 track, "By Heart", became his first top 20 adult contemporary (AC) hit. In 1997, Brickman released the album Picture This,[14] adding a vocal performance, "Valentine", sung by Martina McBride.[15] 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 this album, Brickman received a Dove Award from the Gospel Music Association.[16] He later produced several other Christmas-themed albums, Peace (2003), Christmas Romance (2006), Homecoming (2007), and The Hymns and Carols of Christmas (2008);[17] and his two albums Grace (2005) and Faith (2008) concentrated on arrangements of well-known Christian music.[18]

During his career, four albums 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.[19] In November 2005, three of Brickman's albums, The Disney Songbook (2005), Grace (2005) and Greatest Hits (2004), held the top three spots on Billboard's New Age chart.[20] 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".[21] The 2008 album Faith was nominated for the 2009 Grammy Award for Best New Age Album.

Brickman composes a variety of music, and is known for his success in radio's adult contemporary format.[22][23] 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 A, "After All These Years" with Anne Cochran, and "Never Far Away" with Christian contemporary group Rush of Fools, among others. Because of his long association with Windham Hill, his work is sometimes classified in the new-age genre, although Brickman considers his style to be broader than that.[24] In May 2006, Brickman left Windham Hill and signed with Savoy Label Group (SLG) to release music under his own Brickman Music Group imprint. The album Escape was his first release distributed by SLG, following Pure Jim Brickman, a career-spanning compilation from Windham Hill.[22]

In 2015, Brickman released the first album in the Soothe series for relaxation, meditation, yoga and massage. "Soothe, Vol. 1" came with an audiobook. Three more volumes in the series followed through 2019.

Radio show[edit]

Making its debut in January 1997, Your Weekend with Jim Brickman is a four-hour radio show that has been heard across the US featuring music blended with celebrity interviews, lifestyle features and entertainment reports.[25]

In 2018, The Jim Brickman Show Podcast debuted on Pandora. Two years later, his podcast moved to Spotify as The Brickman Bedtime Story.


Brickman filmed the PBS specials My Romance: An Evening with Jim Brickman (2000),[26] Love Songs & Lullabies (2002), The Disney Songbook (2005),[27] and Beautiful World (2009). He has appeared on various TV shows such as Good Morning America and Live with Regis and Kathie Lee.[10]

Personal life[edit]

Brickman grew up in Cleveland, OH. He currently has a residence there as well as in New York, NY.[28]

Other media[edit]

Brickman appeared on the September–October 2013 cover of Making Music Magazine to discuss his life and career.[29]

Brickhouse Direct[edit]

Brickman founded Brickhouse Direct (BHD) in 2003 to provide internet marketing and e-commerce solutions.[9] They specialized in promoting new acts and reinvigorating the careers of veteran musicians. In 2005, Brickhouse bought the online marketing firm Viawerk, bringing Viawerk co-founder Rod Flauhaus on board as partner. Flauhaus co-wrote the album Homecoming.[30] Brickman's younger brother Michael served as president of Brickhouse. The label also published works by saxophonist Dave Koz, comedian Anita Renfroe, singer Chris Sligh[31] and singer Mark Masri.[32][33] Brickman's own 2012 album Blessings was released on the Brickhouse Direct label.[34]



Year Album Chart position RIAA[35] Record label
Billboard 200[36] New Age[4] CAN Country
1994 No Words 13 Windham Hill
1995 By Heart 187 3 Gold
1997 Picture This 30 1 Gold
The Gift 48 1 19 Gold
1998 Visions of Love 170
1999 Destiny 42 1 Gold
2000 My Romance 75 1
2001 Simple Things 54 2
2002 Love Songs and Lullabies 73 1
2003 Peace 87 1
2004 Greatest Hits 134 1
2005 Grace 88 1
The Disney Songbook 142 1 Walt Disney Records
2006 Pure Jim Brickman 2 Windham Hill
Escape 105 1 Savoy Label Group
Christmas Romance Compass Records
2007 Homecoming 96 1 SLG
Hope Compass Records
2008 Valentine Reissue 1 Savoy Label Group
Unspoken 199 1
Ultimate Love Songs 2 Time Life
The Hymns and Carols of Christmas 4 Green Hill
Faith Compass Productions
2009 Beautiful World 89 1 Somerset Entertainment
Joy 85 1 Compass Productions (Target), Somerset
2010 Home 2 Somerset Entertainment
Love 141 1
2011 Yesterday Once More: A Tribute to the Music of the Carpenters 6 Green Hill
All Is Calm: Peaceful Christmas Hymns 84 1 Somerset Entertainment
Romanza 1
2012 Believe 2 Mood Entertainment
Piano Lullabies 4
2013 The Magic of Christmas 58 1 Somerset Entertainment
Love 2 2
2014 Blessed: Songs of Inspiration Mood Entertainment
Pure Worship 6 Green Hill
On a Winter's Night: The Songs and Spirit of Christmas 2
2015 Pure Romance 2
Soothe Vol. 1: Music to Quiet Your Mind and Soothe Your World 1 Brickman Music [37]
2016 Pure Cinema 3
Freedom Rings: Solo Piano 2 Brickman Music
Soothe Vol. 2: Sleep - Music for Tranquil Slumber 1 Valley Entertainment
2017 Wedding Songs 6 Brickman Music
Soothe Vol. 3: Meditation - Music for Peaceful Relaxation 6 Valley Entertainment
A Joyful Christmas 2 BMG
2018 Soothe, Vol. 4: Subzero - Sounds That Spark the Senses 1 Odeon Records [38]
8: Just Breathe Odeon Records Limited
2019 Soothe Vol. 5: Lullaby Dreams - Music for a Peaceful Escape Odeon Records Limited
Underground Odeon Records Limited
A Christmas Celebration 2 Green Hill
2020 Interstellar Odeon Records Limited
25th Anniversary: Greatest Hits Green Hill
"—" denotes releases that failed to chart, not released, or not certified


Year Title Peak chart position Album
Adult Contemporary[5] US Country CAN AC CAN Country CAN
1996 "By Heart" (with Laura Creamer) 16 By Heart: Piano Solos
"Hero's Dream" 24 Picture This
1997 "Valentine" (with Martina McBride)A 3 53 16
"Picture This" 23
"Your Love" (with Michelle Wright) 74 16 15 42 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) 1 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)B 1
2004 "Til I See You Again" (with Mark Schultz) 21 Greatest Hits
"My Love Is Here" (with Roch Voisine) 21 9
2005 "I'm Amazed" (with Lila McCann) 59 The Disney Songbook
"You" (with Tara MacLean) 32 Love Songs and Lullabies
"Hear Me (Tears into Wine)" (with Michael Bolton) 20 Grace
"Beautiful" (with Wayne Brady) 2 The Disney Songbook
2006 "Hideaway (When It Snows)" (with Geoff Byrd) 3 Escape
2007 "Escape" (with Marc Antoine)C
"Never Alone" (with Lady Antebellum) 14 Escape and Never Alone (single)
"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) 4 7 95 Beautiful World
2011 "Fa La La" (with Olivia Jade Archbold) 2
2012 "Good Morning Beautiful" (with Luke McMaster)D 3
2017 "Christmas Where You Are" (with Five for Fighting) 2 A Joyful Christmas
2019 "Feliz Navidad" (featuring Kathy Phillips) 28 A Christmas Celebration
"—" denotes releases that failed to chart or not released
  • A "Valentine" was originally only released to Adult Contemporary and charted on Hot Country Songs as an album cut. It was remixed and released to country radio the following year. It also peaked at No. 50 on the Billboard Hot 100.
  • B "Sending You a Little Christmas" also peaked at No. 15 on Hot Christian Songs.
  • C "Escape" peaked at No. 17 on Hot Contemporary Jazz Songs.
  • D Peak position from Christmas version titled "Merry Christmas Beautiful".

Music videos[edit]

Year Video Director
1997 "Valentine" (with Martina McBride)[39] Alan Glazen, Ron Goldfarb, Ted Zbozion
"Your Love" (with Michelle Wright)[40] David Safian
"The Gift" (with Susan Ashton and Collin Raye)[41] Norry Niven
2007 "Never Alone" (with Lady Antebellum) Glenn Sweitzer
"Coming Home for Christmas" (with Richie McDonald)
2012 "Good Morning Beautiful" (with Luke McMaster) George Tsioutsioulas



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