Pianist Jim Brickman performs holiday concert Friday
Romantic American songwriter and pianist Jim Brickman brings his pop-style instrumentalist music to The Center for the Arts Friday for a holiday concert.
The show features special guest, vocalist Luke McMaster, and is one stop among 40 U.S. cities, part of Brickman’s annual holiday tour, “On a Winter’s Night.”
“I’m addicted to touring. To me, it’s an adventure,” Brickman has said.
Brickman revolutionized the sound of solo piano with his pop-style instrumentals and star-studded vocal collaborations, beginning with his 1994 debut album, “No Words.” Brickman’s best-known compositions include the chart-toppers “Valentine,” “The Gift,” “Love of My Life,” “Simple Things” and “Peace.”
He’s established a reputation for his collaborations with musical artists such as: Lady Antebellum, Martina McBride, Kenny Loggins, Michael W. Smith, Carly Simon, Herb Alpert, Collin Raye, Michael Bolton, Donny Osmond and Olivia Newton-John.
Brickman has been named the most charted male adult contemporary artist to date with six gold and platinum albums, 30 charted adult radio hits and two Grammy nominations. He recently tied for most No. 1 albums on Billboard’s New Age chart, and he currently holds four of its top-10 spots. Brickman received top honors with two SESAC “Songwriter of the Year” awards, a Canadian Country Music Award and a Dove Award presented by the Gospel Music Association. He has starred in four TV concert specials for PBS.
Brickman began playing piano at the age of five and studied music at the prestigious Cleveland Institute of Music. He founded his own advertising music company in 1980, writing commercial jingles for such advertisers as McDonald’s, Pontiac and Kellogg’s.
As a concert performer, Brickman has won international acclaim, taking his popular live concerts to more than 125 cities each year. Other artistic endeavors include a popular weekly radio show, “Your Weekend with Jim Brickman” and two best-selling books.
Brickman lends a hand to many charitable foundations for children, including Autism Speaks, UNICEF and Camp Heartland. A scholarship was recently established in his name at the Cleveland Institute of Music.
Guest vocalist Luke McMaster experienced the rock star life of studios, videos and touring from a young age. He has cut his teeth on some of the biggest acts of the day from Chantelle Kreviazuk to Justin Timberlake and Christina Aguilera. Formerly, the prolific songwriter sang in the acclaimed duo McMaster and James.
McMaster met Brickman through mutual friend singer/ songwriter Marc Jordan.
“Jim Brickman and I met at such a fortuitous time. He was starting a new record, and being an instrumentalist, he’s always looking for up-and-coming singers to collaborate with. I was such a fan of how he helped develop artists like Lady Antebellum and was so excited to work with Jim. I knew we could do something incredible,” McMaster said.
The two will tour together on a U.S. and Canadian holiday tour.
The concert in the Center’s Main Stage theater will include a “champagne meet-and-greet” for VIP patrons to meet the artists. For information about Brickman, go to http://www.jimbrickman.com.
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