Jim Brickman brings holiday show to Coronado

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Pianist Jim Brickman will make a stop at Rockford’s Coronado Theatre Thursday, Dec. 7, as part of his 2006 holiday concert tour.

In the last 12 years, he’s become a platinum-selling recording artist, solidifying slots on the adult contemporary charts with 22 singles, including four No. 1 hits. His list of awards also continues to grow, adding to his 1998 and 1999 SESAC Songwriter of the Year awards and his 2003 Dove Award for Best Vocal/Instrumental Duet. He was also nominated for a Grammy Award in 2003 for Best Instrumental.

Brickman, who hails from Cleveland, began playing piano professionally in college, writing jingles for commercials before becoming one of the most popular pianists in the world.

His latest collection and 14th release, Escape, includes appearances by 2006 Academy of Country Music’s Female Vocalist of the Year Sara Evans, R&B great Gerald Levert and jazz guitarist Marc Antoine. Brickman is also supporting the 2006 release The Romance of Christmas.

Brickman said he’s passionate about choosing who he recruits to appear on his records, and feels he has done a good job so far.

“It’s become natural for me to work with the people that I admire as musicians and performers,” Brickman said. “I really like to work with vocalists that are up-and-coming and the people that I feel that fit well with my music and that the audiences will like to hear.”

Brickman has also recorded with Donny Osmond, Collin Raye, Michael Bolton, Pam Tillis, Martina McBride and Kenny Loggins.

Aside from his musical venture, which has boasted more than 2,000 concerts in more than 250 cities in the last decade, Brickman is a familiar media personality on both radio and television. He’s a frequent performer, guest host and musical director on NBC’s Today Show, and is the host of the nationally-syndicated radio program Your Weekend with Jim Brickman. He’s also the author of two successfully selling books—Simple Things and Love Notes.

Joining Brickman on the Coronado stage will be vocalist and 2006 Star Search winner Jake Simpson and violinist David Klinkenberg. Singer/songwriter Victoria Shaw, who’s penned No. 1 songs for Garth Brooks and Ricky Martin, is also a part of the 2006 touring lineup.

Early in his career, Jim’s audiences were largely composed of women from the ages of 25 to 64. Now, he said, he’s been attracting more male fans who, in great numbers, accompany their wives and girlfriends to his shows.

Brickman said: “Writing romantic music has really been great. Many people are walking down the aisle to my love songs, then taking the relaxing instrumentals into labor while giving birth.”

Show starts at 8 p.m. Information about ticket prices and the Coronado Theatre can be obtained by calling the MetroCentre box office at 968-5222 or by visiting www.CentreEvents.com.

Additional information about Jim Brickman can also be found online at www.jimbrickman.com.

From the Nov. 29 – Dec. 5, 2006, issue

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