Jim Witter

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Jim Witter
Born (1964-11-02) November 2, 1964 (age 52)
Origin Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
Genres Country, contemporary Christian music
Occupation(s) Singer, songwriter, producer
Instruments Vocals, piano, guitar
Years active 1993–present
Labels FRE, Curb
Website thepianomen.net

Jim Witter (born November 2, 1964) is a Canadian award winning country music and Christian music singer/songwriter. Ten of Witter's songs reached the top 10 on Canadian country radio.[1]

Biography[edit]

Jim Witter grew up playing music. In 1982, he performed four songs on the "Music for Safe Water" compilation by 1280 CHAM radio. As a teenager, while still in high school, Jim honed his musical talents by playing evenings at a piano bar and restaurant called Snuggles, in Hamilton Ont. In 1990, one of Witter's demos caught the attention of a Sony Music Canada executive.[1] Within three years, Witter was signed to FRE Records. His debut album, Jim Witter, was released in 1993.[2] The first single, "Everything and More," entered the National Country Chart at No. 40, at the time a first for a debut Canadian single.[3] Every single released from the album reached the top 10 on the Canadian country singles chart, including "Distant Drum," "Stolen Moments," "Sweet Sweet Poison" and "Chevy Coupe." Witter received a 1994 Juno nomination for Best New Solo Artist, an award that covered all genres of music, as well as a nomination for Best Country Male Vocalist.

Witter signed a songwriting deal with Curb Records in 1999. That resulted in a record deal and the release of his second album, All My Life, in both Canada and the United States. He continued his string of hits in Canada with songs like "All My Life," "Jumpin' Right In," "Tough As A Pickup Truck," "One Beat at a Time" and "One Hundred Years." Unfortunately, none of his singles reached Billboard's Hot Country Songs chart in the U.S.

When it came time to go back into the studio, Witter was encouraged by Mike Curb to record a Christian record.[4] The result was his third album, 2003's Forgiveness. The album received a nomination at the 2004 GMA Dove Awards for Album of the Year.[5]

Witter is currently performing in The Piano Men, a tribute to the music of the 1970s, performing the songs of Billy Joel and Elton John.[6]

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Title Details
Jim Witter
All My Life
Forgiveness
  • Release date: January 14, 2003
  • Label: Curb Records

Singles[edit]

Year Single Peak positions Album
CAN Country
1993 "Everything and More" 5 Jim Witter
"Distant Drum" 4
"Stolen Moments" 5
1994 "Sweet Sweet Poison" 6
"Human Highway" (with Cassandra Vasik) 24 Borrowed Tunes: A Tribute to Neil Young
"Chevy Coupe" 6 Jim Witter
1999 "All My Life" 8 All My Life
"Jumpin' Right In" 10
"Tough as a Pickup Truck" 7
2000 "One Beat at a Time" 7
2001 "One Hundred Years" *
"I Want You to Want Me" *
2003 "Forgiveness" * Forgiveness
"You Are the Sun" *
"Turn! Turn! Turn!" *
* denotes unknown peak positions

Music videos[edit]

Year Video Director
1993 "Everything and More" Keith Harrick
"Distant Drum"
"Stolen Moments" Keith Harrick
1999 "All My Life" Warren P. Sonoda
"Tough as a Pickup Truck"
2000 "One Beat at a Time"
2003 "Turn! Turn! Turn!" Antonio Hrynchuk

Awards and recognition[edit]

Canadian Country Music Awards
  • 1994 Video of the Year: "Stolen Moments"
  • 1995 Vocal Collaboration Of The Year
  • 1996 Vocal Collaboration Of The Year
GMA Dove Awards
  • 2004 nominee, Inspirational Album of the Year: Forgiveness
Juno Awards

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Jim Witter's Biography
  2. ^ Larry LeBlanc (4 February 1995). Canada: Who's Who. Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. pp. 80–. ISSN 0006-2510. 
  3. ^ Jim Witter Online - Facts
  4. ^ Jim Witter - Biography
  5. ^ TEP MUsic Review: “Piano Men”
  6. ^ Jim Witter's Biography

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