March 26, 1998 in Features

Brickman Shows He Has ‘Gift’ One-Time Commercial Jingle Writer Now Spends His Time Atop Billboard’s Music Charts

By The Spokesman-Review
 

Yanni better watch out.

Jim Brickman is on his heels, stealing the hearts of romantic piano lovers everywhere.

Here is a man who plays unabashedly lovey-dovey with the ivories, who doesn’t shy away from the gooier sentiments.

And the fans dig it.

His song “Valentine” raced to the top of Billboard’s adult contemporary chart last year. The song features Brickman’s loving piano noodlings along with country star Martina McBride’s warm vocal accompaniment. McBride also released the single, and this week it’s No. 13 on the country chart.

Brickman’s second single to hit No. 1 was “The Gift,” which paired the vocals of country star Collin Raye and Christian singer Susan Ashton.

The 35-year-old Cleveland artist began his musical career as a jingle writer. He’s the man behind ditties like “Just for the taste of it” (Diet Coke), “The unsinkable taste” (of Cheerios), and “We bring good things to light” (General Electric).

Despite his success, he longed for a chance to share his love for romantic music with others.

His third album, “Picture This” (Windham Hill), has risen to No. 30 on Billboard’s Top 200 album chart.

When he performs live, Brickman and his piano are joined only by vocalist Anne Cochran.

“I believe in keeping things simple, melodious and romantic,” Brickman says. “That’s what people seem to like so much about my music.”

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MEMO: CONCERT

Jim Brickman will perform at the Spokane Opera House Saturday at 8 p.m. Tickets are $32.50, $27.50 and $22.50, available at G&B; Select-a-Seat outlets or call (800) 325-SEAT.

CONCERT Jim Brickman will perform at the Spokane Opera House Saturday at 8 p.m. Tickets are $32.50, $27.50 and $22.50, available at G&B; Select-a-Seat outlets or call (800) 325-SEAT.


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