Jimi Jamison Biography
Continuously acclaimed as one of the Top Ten Male Vocalists in the World by the Kasey Kasem Countdown, Jimi Jamison delivers a strong and powerful performance regardless of the venue. His recently released song I'm Always Here, which he wrote and performed for the #1 syndicated TV show Baywatch is certain to solidify his standing as one of the premier performers in the music industry today.
From humble beginnings in rural Mississippi to established superstar residing in Memphis, Tennessee, his achievements call to mind the other Memphis Rock and Roll Legend, whom Jimi met as a young boy while Elvis was on one of his famous shopping sprees.
Like Elvis, Jimi has never forgotten from whence he came and continues to be dedicated to benefits assisting St. Jude's Childrens Hospital, The Special Olympics, and The ARF Foundation, with Tony LaRussa of the St. Louis Cardinals.
Beginning with the nationally acclaimed band Target in the Seventies, Jimi continued his rise to stardom with Cobra through the early Eighties. In 1983, he joined Survivor as the group was to go on to enjoy 5 singles in the Top Ten, four gold, platinum, and double platinum albums and multiple movie soundtracks. His renditions of Eye of the Tiger from Rocky and Burning Heart from Rocky IV thrill concert audiences to this day. Other fan favorites include High On You, The Search is Over and I Can't Hold Back, all delivered with crisp, clean live band backup for the strong voiced Jamison. The explosive Rock Hard from Jimi's 1991 solo album, When Love Comes Down, also features the unmistakable power of Jamison's voice.
In addition to his career as lead vocalist, he has also made six music videos and has made multiple television appearances. He has served on the Grammy Awards Committee and as a member of AFTRA, SAG and NARAS. He has performed back up vocals for recordings by ZZ TOP, Krokus, Jeff Healy Band, and numerous other recording artists. Billy Gibbons refers to Jimi as the fourth member of ZZ Top. He has been recognized by the Govenors of Tennessee, Ohio and Arkansas for his work on and off the stage and he commands a loyal an dedicated following appearing at each of his concerts.
Jimi Jamison All Music Guide Biography
Vocalist Jimi Jamison has long been associated with a number of bands, among them Survivor and Cobra. When his venture with Survivor broke down, he established his own band. He released several solo albums, beginning with When Love Comes Down in 1991. Empires, a CD that first saw release in Europe, followed in 1999. Fans of the television program Baywatch will recognize his voice from a song he penned for the show's theme, "I'm Always Here." The Mississippi native started out during the '70s with Target (members of the band still occasionally reunite for concerts). Jamison and the group put out a pair of albums for A&M and opened for Black Sabbath, Boston, and Kiss. He followed up with a stint in Cobra early the following the decade, putting together one recording for Epic Records. By 1984, the singer became a member of Survivor after auditioning in Chicago. The band already had chalked up a hit, "Eye of the Tiger," before he came on board. The song was featured in Rocky III in 1982. Jamison's tenure took the band through five Top Ten hits, appearances on numerous film soundtracks, and a handful of recordings that achieved gold and platinum status. His first appearance was on the Vital Signs album, and he took the band into the Top 20 with the singles "Can't Hold Back," "Search Is Over," and "High on You." "Burning Heart," the theme for the next Rocky sequel in 1985, hit pop's number two spot. Another Top Ten slot followed with "Is This Love," but Survivor soon broke up and Jamison was on his own in 1987. His track record includes appearances on a number of television programs and half a dozen music videos. In addition to his solo recordings and his work with the bands above, he also contributed backup vocals to such artists as the Jeff Healy Band, Krokus, and ZZ Top. He is a founding member of the organization Voices of Classic Rock. Jamison's charity efforts include work on behalf of Tony LaRussa's ARF (Animal Rescue Foundation), the Make-A-Wish Foundation, the Special Olympics, and St. Jude's Children's Hospital. The governors of three states have bestowed commendations on the vocalist. In 2000, Jamison again teamed with other members of Survivor for a reunion. A tour with the bands Styx and REO Speedwagon followed. The reunion also took the band to Germany for a month-long series of concerts. His own backing band during the years away from Survivor included Lance Binder, Pete Mendillo, Klay Shroder, Paul Brown, Hal Butler, Jeff Adams, and Chris Adamson. Jamison released a solo album, Crossroads Moment, in 2008. Two years later, he teamed up with Jim Petrik--the songwriter behind many Survivor smashes -- for the album Extra Moments. ~ Linda Seida, Rovi