10 Questions with ... Jim Brickman
October 28, 2013
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1) What Got You Interested in music? What inspired you to pursue a career as a recording artist?
I was very aware of the emotional connection I made with the music I was listening to. I always felt that I wanted to create that connection with my own music.
2) Who are some of your biggest musical influences?
Like a typical kid growing up in the 70's, I listened to everything. But the biggest influences on my style ranged from Broadway to Pop. I love great composers like George Gershwin, Cole Porter, Burt Bacharach, and of course singer songwriters like Carole King.
3) What made you decide to go from playing music, to doing your own syndicated radio show?
I was so used to being interviewed that I realized I wanted to ask the questions. I'm curious by nature, so talking to guests and sharing my thoughts really seemed like a logical branch off my music career.
4) What makes "Your Weekend With Jim Brickman" unique to other syndicated radio shows?
"Your Weekend" is designed specifically for what listeners are doing on the weekend. The topics and guests focus on things like entertainment, exercise, food, family and home. The "feel good" music matches the tone of the weekend.
5) Please tell us about your new Christmas release, "The Magic of Christmas" and what it was like working with Johnny Mathis, TV star Megan Hilty (Sean Saves The World) and acclaimed Contemporary Christian artist Sandi Patty?
The Magic of Christmas features fourteen new recordings of favorites including "Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas," "Silent Night," "Angels We Have Heard On High," and two original Brickman compositions, "The Magic of Christmas" and "On A Winter's Night."
Choosing the name 'The Magic of Christmas' I knew this Christmas collection had to be quite remarkable. Songs from legendary hit-makers and stars of today along with the classics mixed in, it's been like a dream working with this incredible musical line-up. Knowing that Johnny Mathis chose to record my song "Sending you a Little Christmas" and featuring it as the title track of his holiday album has really made this a magical Christmas for me."
6) You have collaborated with many top-name artists including Lady Antebellum, Martina McBride, Michael W. Smith, Donny Osmond and Australian singers Olivia Newton-John and Delta Goodrem. Can you share some of your experiences recording with these artists?
I have a real appreciation for the professionalism these artists carry into a recording session. Every singer brings the song to life in their own way, with their own style. They know what they are singing, and how to deliver.
I'm really excited to be working with Johnny Mathis on my song "Sending You A Little Christmas". He is a legend. I've always admired his vocal delivery. It was a thrill to hear how he added his personal touch to my song.
7) In today's world of multi-tasking and wearing many hats, how do you find time to show prep and what sources do you use?
First of all I am a voracious reader and love to talk about what I've read. The show has great contributors like designers from HGTV, chefs from the Food Network, Hollywood reporters and fitness experts. It gives the audience a broad base of knowledge.
8) How are you using new music technologies to work with the music you program on your show, in production, and in your personal life?
New technology provides performers, stations and listeners options they never had before. They have the opportunity to reach more places than with a physical product.
For the Jim Brickman Show, stations can use the music we provide or they choose their own. It's up to them.
9) Please tell us what it was like going from a major label, to starting your own label Brickhouse Music?
I can be more creative and pursue ideas that I have without answering to the label. I have control over the music I play, the CDs I produce, and when they will be distributed.
10) What are the biggest changes you would like to see happen in the music and radio industries?
Audiences can find the type of music they want to hear anywhere. It's important to the future of radio to make a personal connection to the listener. I'd like to see an emphasis back on the personalities. Whether on stage or on air, the opportunity to build a one on one relationship is still important
What do you do in your spare time?
I enjoy my solitude, so I hike and swim to unwind.
Who are some of the artists we might find on your MP3 player?
I enjoy Broadway show tunes, Classic Pop, and singer/ songwriters like Bruno Mars and Sara Bareilles.
Do you have any great road stories you'd like to share?
I have the usual stories of tour busses breaking down or not being able to go up an ice covered hill, strings flying into the audience, tripping over monitors, and of course the foot pedal falling off in the middle of a concert.
Who has had the biggest impact on your life?
My Mom taught me independence, she encouraged me to pursue my passion, and of course she said, "don't take no for an answer".
What is the one truth that has always remained constant throughout your career? Do you have any advice for upcoming musicians or radio personalities?
I feel it's crucial to keep it real. Focus on your ability to do what you do best and don't try to manufacture a sound just to fit in.