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Jim Wilson

One of the most popular pianists on the contemporary instrumental scene, Jim Wilson returns with two new albums: “My Mother’s Son” and “Jim Wilson: The Solo Piano Collection”.

The first CD is “My Mother’s Son” — a tribute not just to his Mom, whom he lost a couple of years ago, but to Moms everywhere. It will feature 2 versions of the new title cut, as well as a collection of Jim’s Mom’s favorite songs from his first 7 CDs. The record features Jim’s critically-acclaimed “film score meets folk/pop” signature sound – his unique piano style combined with his eclectic blend of instrumentation.

The second CD is Jim’s is debut “Solo Piano Collection” recording, and will be a compilation of long-requested, piano-only versions of the most popular songs from his first 7 CDs. Both CDs are slated for an September 2014 release.

Wilson writes in his dedication on the back of My Mother’s Son, “My Mom was my biggest champion – she loved helping out after concerts, selling CDs. She would accost a passerby, put a CD in their hands, point to the speakers and say, “Listen to that… isn’t that beautiful?!” She loved my music and it made me proud to make her proud. . . . ‘I stand tall, I am My Mother’s Son’.”

Jim’s previous releases include his breathtakingly evocative BENEATH THE OLYMPIAN SKIES and his Billboard bestseller, A PLACE IN MY HEART, which received rave reviews, placed in the top 5 for two months in a row on national airplay charts and was nominated by radio programmers around the world for Album of the Year and Best Instrumental Album — Piano in the 2005 NAR Music Awards. Wilson’s other albums include NORTHERN SEASCAPE, CAPE OF GOOD HOPE, MY FIRST CHRISTMAS WITH YOU, and QUIET SHADOWS (his versions of pop standards). NORTHERN SEASCAPE, CAPE OF GOOD HOPE, and A PLACE IN MY HEART all made it to the Top 20 in Billboard's instrumental charts.

In concert, Jim transports his audiences on a cinematic “melodic journey” enhanced by his compelling performance videos: evocative multimedia montages coordinated with Jim’s music, projected behind him as he plays. In the course of an evening, Wilson weaves his musical themes around breathtaking visions of Ireland’s Cliffs of Mohr, the majesty of the California redwoods, and enchanting moonlit visions of late-night Paris.

These “performance videos” are featured in his latest one-hour public television special, “JIM WILSON & FRIENDS: A PLACE IN MY HEART,” which received substantial airtime on PBS affiliates around the country. Now available on DVD, the concert special was taped before the first sold-out audience in the new 30 million-dollar Texas landmark, the Globe-News Center for the Performing Arts. The event was by all accounts a truly magical evening during which the audience was transported on a “cinematic melodic journey.” Jim’s musical themes were woven around breathtaking images and movies coordinated with the music, projected on a 25-foot screen filling the stage behind the performers. Jim and his band were joined by world-renowned Irish-flute player, ERIC RIGLER, and L.A.-based string ensemble BELLA MUSICA.

Wilson’s music, sometimes referred to as “melodic tone poems,” has been described as “a magical carpet ride of melodic beauty” by music legend Carole King and as making “a classy, artistic statement” by master tunesmith Burt Bacharach.

Although the public thinks of Jim Wilson as a rapidly emerging pianist and composer, the music industry knows he has even more talents. He helped develop a revolutionary MIDI-adaptor for the acoustic piano, which for the first time allows this age-old instrument to interact with computers and synthesizers. He developed a topflight reputation, teaching uses of MIDI-piano to the upper echelon of pop musicians such as Paul McCartney, Elton John, Bruce Springsteen, Billy Joel, Jackson Browne, Burt Bacharach, Carole King and many, many more. Whenever Jim played his own music for them while sitting at their pianos, they encouraged him to pursue his own musical dreams.

Jim soon landed an official endorsement by Yamaha Pianos, with the company providing instruments for his performances across the country both as a solo artist and with his six-piece band (more than a thousand shows so far and counting). Wilson has composed music for the CBS-TV series “Frank’s Place” and CNN’s “Showbiz Today” television show devoted a segment to Jim’s music.

Jim grew up in Texas, beginning his love-affair with music at the age of 7. He picked up a guitar at the house of a family friend who gave the instrument to Jim on a whim. “From then on I had this incredible passion for music and learning to play it. Around nine or ten I started composing songs. About that time my charismatic cousin from California came to visit. He breezed into town with his long hair, guitar, songs and stories, and that really ignited the musical fire in my life. I couldn’t wait to be a musician. I started playing in professional bands when I was 14. I switched to playing piano when I was 19.” Soon thereafter, Jim packed up all of his possessions in a van and headed to California to pursue his dreams of a career in the music business. “For many people California has represented the Promised Land, the Land of Dreams. I love the energy of the people and the encouragement of the arts.

Jim began his recording career in 1997 when his best friend died suddenly. “That was a life-changing event that made me realize that you never know when you’re going to be called, so you better be proud of what you’ve done and the legacy you’re leaving behind.” Now that musical legacy is enriched even further with his two new CDs: “My Mother’s Son” and “Jim Wilson: The Solo Piano Collection”.

For more information, contact:
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