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Birthname: Jimmy Wayne Jamison
Nationality: American
Born: Aug 23 1951


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Jimi Jamison
The voice that lead Survivor to three top ten songs, 5 top 20 songs, multiple major movie soundtracks and the voice and co-writer of a main TV theme composition, "I'm Always Here" / "Baywatch" (long standing 1 rated TV show worldwide) solidifies his standing as one of the premier singers, writers and performers in the music industry today.

Jimi graduated from Messick High School in Memphis, Tennessee. Born in rural Mississippi and rising from humble beginnings in a tough lower class section of Memphis,Tn to becoming an established star worldwide, his achievements call to mind ... Read more

Jimi Jamison
The voice that lead Survivor to three top ten songs, 5 top 20 songs, multiple major movie soundtracks and the voice and co-writer of a main TV theme composition, "I'm Always Here" / "Baywatch" (long standing 1 rated TV show worldwide) solidifies his standing as one of the premier singers, writers and performers in the music industry today.

Jimi graduated from Messick High School in Memphis, Tennessee. Born in rural Mississippi and rising from humble beginnings in a tough lower class section of Memphis,Tn to becoming an established star worldwide, his achievements call to mind Rock and Roll Legends:
Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins with whom he shared the stage as well as friendships. At 10 years old, one his biggest influences was -Elvis Presley- who he met in a department store while "The King" was on one of his famous shopping sprees, not knowing that years later he would be extended a personal invitation by Elvis' to visit him at his home.

Like Elvis, Jimi has never forgotten from whence he came, and continues to be dedicated to charity work such as:
St. Jude Children..s Hospital, Ronald McDonald House, Juvenile Diabetes Foundation, Dove House for Abused Children, WTC Relief, Special Olympics, Make A Wish Foundation, The Cancer Society, Carl Perkins Foundation, Rock n Jock Charities, The Surfrider Foundation, Fergie's Hep C benefits, George Kleins famous annual Christmas Charity Show and Auction, Friends Way, Tomorrow Fund, The Childrens Diabeties Foundation, Susan B. Komen Foundation,We Promise, Animal Magnitism, The Jerry Lewis Muscular Dystrophy Foundation, Toys for Tots, and the ARF Foundation, headed by Tony LaRussa, manager of the St. Louis Cardinals.

Jimi reveals, "My biggest vocal and musical influences were, Elvis, Wilson Pickett, BJ Thomas, Booker T and the MGs, The Beatles, Mitch Ryder, Deep Purple and Led Zepplin"

Jimi got his first studio recording experience at the age of 15 at the legendary Phillips Recording studio in Memphis, under the direction and guidance of his good friend and renowned engineer/producer Knox Phillips,(son of Sam Phillips who discovered Elvis Presley) recording a single "If I Cry" (which was originally meant for Memphis based chart toppers The Box Tops) but was cut by Jamison and released on the ATCO (Atlantic Records) label. This opened the door of oppourtunity for his band to perform with groups like: Mitch Ryder and the Detroit Wheels and the legendary Roy Orbison.

In the early 70's, at the invitation of TMI Studio staff bass player Jim Johnson, drummer Ritchie Simpson (Roy Orbison, Vince Gill etc...) and guitarist Paul Cannon, Jamison began hanging out and watching sessions being recorded at TMI Studio which was owned by Jerry Williams (manager of Paul Revere and the Raiders and the driving force behind the success of many big acts of the time) and the legendary guitarist/writer/producer Steve Cropper (Blues Brothers, Booker T and The MG's, and writer of numerous hits that came out of Stax Records including Otis Reding's biggest hit "Dock of the Bay").
"I was there so much that Steve and Jerry started thinking that I worked there", laughs Jimi, " I was just amazed at the people and the process of making a record and wanted to be around it as much as possible. I got to watch everyone from Poco to Jeff Beck recording their albums. It was a great experience."
Hanging out finally paid off when Cropper asked Jimi to sing background vocals on a session he was producing. which opened the doors to more and more vocal work.

Popularity soon started gaining momentum with the nationally acclaimed rock band "Target" with 2 album releases (Target and Captured) both on A&M Records.
In the late 70's manager Norman (Butch) Stone and agent Frank Barcelona provided constant touring with groups such as:
Black Oak Arkansas, Styx, Journey, Charlie Daniels, Kansas, Boston, The Beach Boys, Peter Frampton, Robin Trower, Ted Nugent, Hank Williams Jr, Kiss, Bob Seger, John Prine, Rush, Uriah Heep, Thin Lizzy and The Little River Band.

Jimi continued his rise to stardom forming the Swiss/American melodic metal group Cobra, with Mandy Meyer (Krokus,Gotthard, Asia) and recording a cd (First Strike) for Epic Records. To this day the Cobra cd is a much sought after item with fans worldwide.

Cobra made their way through the early 1980..s touring with Quiet Riot and Nazareth. After the groups breakup the members of Cobra went on to join the bands: Asia, Survivor and Krokus. Jamison states that he's had the honor of working with some of the greatest producers who ever graced a studio: Tom Allom, Ron Nevison, Shel Talmy, Frank Fillipetti, Terry Maning, Joe Hardy, John Hampton, Bruce Fairburn, John Ryan and Keith Skyes to mention a few...

In 1983 the group Survivor who had a number 1 hit worldwide with the song from the movie Rocky III (Eye Of The Tiger) had to replace their lead singer,David Bickler, due to voice problems. At the suggestion of Epic Records exec Frank Rand, Jamison was asked to take a shot at singing with the group.
Used to a heavier more rock type of vocal style, Jamison was hesitant about accepting the invitation, but with urging from friends back home and after hearing the quality of the songwriting , he decided to give it a try.

Ironically, Jamison's first MTV video release with the group, (I Can't Hold Back) from the Vital Signs cd, featured Jamison almost exclusively throughout the video and catapulted the bands career to heights they had never before achieved. The video created a fan feeding frenzy, for more videos and more requests from fans for radio airplay.

Jamisons vocals became the magic which would lead Survivor to many top 10, top 20, top 40, gold and double platinum albums and multiple movie soundtracks including "Burning Heart" for Rocky IV and "The Moment of Truth" for The Karate Kid.

Begining in 1991 and through the mid 90's he recorded two solo cd's, performed "Ever Since The World Began" for the Sylvester Stallone movie "Lockup" and became a founding member of:
"The Voices of Classic Rock" which included:
Mickey Thomas of Starship, Bobby Kimball of Toto, Mike Reno of Loverboy and John Cafferty.
This was the first group of its kind which featured the original lead singers from successful bands of the eighties.
Later on Glen Hughes,Leslie West, Dave Jenkins and many other legendary singers were added to the lineup.
In 2000 Jimi agreed to team up with Sullivan and reform Survivor. In 2005, Jimi and the group re-recorded their biggest hit "Eye of the Tiger" with Jimi handling the lead vocals and to this day his renditions of "Eye of the Tiger" and "Burning Heart" electrify concert audiences worldwide.
Currently, his version of Eye of the Tiger can be heard in the movies "Kicking and Screaming" with Will Ferrell, "Big Fat Liar" and several other films and music compilation cd releases.

Some of the huge fan favorites on which Jimi was the original lead vocalist include: "High On You" ,"The Search is Over", "I Can't Hold Back", "Burning Heart", Rocky IV "The Moment of Truth" Karate Kid "In Good Faith" , "Is This Love", "Man Against the World", "Rebel Son", "Too Hot To Sleep", "Across The Miles", "Didn't Know It Was Love", "Burning Bridges", "When Seconds Count" "The Singer Not The Song" "Reach" "Seconds Away" "Gimme the Word" "Can't Give it Up" "The Rhythm of Your Heart" "Everlasting" "Oceans" "Broken Promises" "The Singer Not The Song" "Everlasting" "Keep it Right Here" "I See You in Everyone" and from his solo venture: The Baywatch TV Theme "I'm Always Here."
He also contributed his lead vocals for a cd called Animal Magnetism which benefited abused animals and on which he appeared with Paul and Linda McCartney and a song with Larry Hoppen of Orleans and Steve Cropper for The Dove House childrens charity..

In the early nineties Jimi hooked up with some other legends in the business, John Entwhistle of The Who and Jeff "Skunk" Baxter of the Doobie Brothers and Steely Dan, in an attempt to form one of the first all-star bands doing all new original music, but as budgets ran low for experiments during those times the guys finally had to go their separate ways.

*In the mid-nineties one of Jimi's favorite bands asked him to join but unfortunately was not able to do so. ..... the following is a statement from DEEP PURPLE keyboardist Jon Lord in an interview between Jon and Keyboard Magazine:

Lord: " The guy we actually wanted, if we *had* to work with a replacement for Gillan, was the singer of Survivor [Jimi Jamison], a very nice, very quiet and very pleasant guy. He was an enormous Deep Purple fan and he would happily have taken over the job. But at the time, he had just finished a solo record and the label strongly suggested that he not join the band. They were Italo-Americans; that says enough (laughs)."

KEYBOARDS: You mean,

Lord : Yes, they have connections. After a long period, during which we thought he'd accept the job, he turned it down. We were very disappointed and had to do auditions. """

Jimi released his first solo album "When Love Comes Down" in 1991 and in the late ninetys he released a highly acclaimed solo cd in Europe, "Empires" which allowed more promotional tour dates, interviews, TV shows and concerts.. Empires has also been currently re-released on Frontiers Records and as the result of a huge underground demand for the "Cobra" cd "First Strike" (originally released on Epic Records) it will also be re-released soon on another label..

Jimi has also made nine music videos (Survivor,Cobra), one of which held the number one position on MTV for 3 weeks in a row.

He has made multiple television and live appearances in:
the US , Germany, Belgium, France, Holland, Mexico, France, Trinidad, England, Holland, Greenland, China, Singapore, Philippine Islands, Brazil, Ecuador, Portugal, Argentina, Austria, Venezuela, Colombia, Guyana, Honduras, Puerto Rico, Peru, Bolivia, Netherlands, Panama, Guatemala, Bahamas, Costa Rica, Korea, Guam, Nicaragua, Mexico, Canada, Italy and Japan.

Jimi also has several national jingle spots to his credit including Holiday Inn and most recently the Starbucks TV Campaign which also gained an Emmy nomination in 2005 for best TV commercial.

He has served on the Grammy Awards Committee and is an AFTRA and SAG cardholder.
He has performed background vocals for the groups: ZZ Top, Krokus, Jeff Healy Band, Ten Years After, Tora Tora, Roxy Blue, Todd Agnew, Mylon LeFever, Rick Vito, George Throgood and the Destroyers, Colin James, The Angels, The Fabulous Thunderbirds, Omar and the Howlers, DeGarmo and Key, John Kilzer(with Roseann Cash & Rodney Crowell) , The Angels, Joe Walsh, Gary Chapman, Molly Hatchett, The Blackwood Brothers and numerous other national recording artists.

A little known fact:
Because he was never listed in the credits on the albums/cd's, few know that he was the lone background vocalist on several ZZ Top cd's, singles and movie sountracks including their biggest selling cd to date. His duet with Billy Gibbons on the song Rough Boy added a new twist to ZZ and Billy refers to Jimi as the honorary fourth member of ZZ Top .

Jimi's songs have been recorded by Joe Walsh, Johnny Van Zant, Survivor etc.......

He has been recognized by the Governors of Tennessee, Ohio, Illinois, California, New York and Arkansas for his work on and off the stage. .

This biography was provided by the artist or their representative.

Jimi Jamison
The voice that lead Survivor to three top ten songs, 5 top 20 songs, multiple major movie soundtracks and the voice and co-writer of a main TV theme composition, "I'm Always Here" / "Baywatch" (long standing 1 rated TV show worldwide) solidifies his standing as one of the premier singers, writers and performers in the music industry today.

Jimi graduated from Messick High School in Memphis, Tennessee. Born in rural Mississippi and rising from humble beginnings in a tough lower class section of Memphis,Tn to becoming an established star worldwide, his achievements call to mind Rock and Roll Legends:
Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins with whom he shared the stage as well as friendships. At 10 years old, one his biggest influences was -Elvis Presley- who he met in a department store while "The King" was on one of his famous shopping sprees, not knowing that years later he would be extended a personal invitation by Elvis' to visit him at his home.

Like Elvis, Jimi has never forgotten from whence he came, and continues to be dedicated to charity work such as:
St. Jude Children..s Hospital, Ronald McDonald House, Juvenile Diabetes Foundation, Dove House for Abused Children, WTC Relief, Special Olympics, Make A Wish Foundation, The Cancer Society, Carl Perkins Foundation, Rock n Jock Charities, The Surfrider Foundation, Fergie's Hep C benefits, George Kleins famous annual Christmas Charity Show and Auction, Friends Way, Tomorrow Fund, The Childrens Diabeties Foundation, Susan B. Komen Foundation,We Promise, Animal Magnitism, The Jerry Lewis Muscular Dystrophy Foundation, Toys for Tots, and the ARF Foundation, headed by Tony LaRussa, manager of the St. Louis Cardinals.

Jimi reveals, "My biggest vocal and musical influences were, Elvis, Wilson Pickett, BJ Thomas, Booker T and the MGs, The Beatles, Mitch Ryder, Deep Purple and Led Zepplin"

Jimi got his first studio recording experience at the age of 15 at the legendary Phillips Recording studio in Memphis, under the direction and guidance of his good friend and renowned engineer/producer Knox Phillips,(son of Sam Phillips who discovered Elvis Presley) recording a single "If I Cry" (which was originally meant for Memphis based chart toppers The Box Tops) but was cut by Jamison and released on the ATCO (Atlantic Records) label. This opened the door of oppourtunity for his band to perform with groups like: Mitch Ryder and the Detroit Wheels and the legendary Roy Orbison.

In the early 70's, at the invitation of TMI Studio staff bass player Jim Johnson, drummer Ritchie Simpson (Roy Orbison, Vince Gill etc...) and guitarist Paul Cannon, Jamison began hanging out and watching sessions being recorded at TMI Studio which was owned by Jerry Williams (manager of Paul Revere and the Raiders and the driving force behind the success of many big acts of the time) and the legendary guitarist/writer/producer Steve Cropper (Blues Brothers, Booker T and The MG's, and writer of numerous hits that came out of Stax Records including Otis Reding's biggest hit "Dock of the Bay").
"I was there so much that Steve and Jerry started thinking that I worked there", laughs Jimi, " I was just amazed at the people and the process of making a record and wanted to be around it as much as possible. I got to watch everyone from Poco to Jeff Beck recording their albums. It was a great experience."
Hanging out finally paid off when Cropper asked Jimi to sing background vocals on a session he was producing. which opened the doors to more and more vocal work.

Popularity soon started gaining momentum with the nationally acclaimed rock band "Target" with 2 album releases (Target and Captured) both on A&M Records.
In the late 70's manager Norman (Butch) Stone and agent Frank Barcelona provided constant touring with groups such as:
Black Oak Arkansas, Styx, Journey, Charlie Daniels, Kansas, Boston, The Beach Boys, Peter Frampton, Robin Trower, Ted Nugent, Hank Williams Jr, Kiss, Bob Seger, John Prine, Rush, Uriah Heep, Thin Lizzy and The Little River Band.

Jimi continued his rise to stardom forming the Swiss/American melodic metal group Cobra, with Mandy Meyer (Krokus,Gotthard, Asia) and recording a cd (First Strike) for Epic Records. To this day the Cobra cd is a much sought after item with fans worldwide.

Cobra made their way through the early 1980..s touring with Quiet Riot and Nazareth. After the groups breakup the members of Cobra went on to join the bands: Asia, Survivor and Krokus. Jamison states that he's had the honor of working with some of the greatest producers who ever graced a studio: Tom Allom, Ron Nevison, Shel Talmy, Frank Fillipetti, Terry Maning, Joe Hardy, John Hampton, Bruce Fairburn, John Ryan and Keith Skyes to mention a few...

In 1983 the group Survivor who had a number 1 hit worldwide with the song from the movie Rocky III (Eye Of The Tiger) had to replace their lead singer,David Bickler, due to voice problems. At the suggestion of Epic Records exec Frank Rand, Jamison was asked to take a shot at singing with the group.
Used to a heavier more rock type of vocal style, Jamison was hesitant about accepting the invitation, but with urging from friends back home and after hearing the quality of the songwriting , he decided to give it a try.

Ironically, Jamison's first MTV video release with the group, (I Can't Hold Back) from the Vital Signs cd, featured Jamison almost exclusively throughout the video and catapulted the bands career to heights they had never before achieved. The video created a fan feeding frenzy, for more videos and more requests from fans for radio airplay.

Jamisons vocals became the magic which would lead Survivor to many top 10, top 20, top 40, gold and double platinum albums and multiple movie soundtracks including "Burning Heart" for Rocky IV and "The Moment of Truth" for The Karate Kid.

Begining in 1991 and through the mid 90's he recorded two solo cd's, performed "Ever Since The World Began" for the Sylvester Stallone movie "Lockup" and became a founding member of:
"The Voices of Classic Rock" which included:
Mickey Thomas of Starship, Bobby Kimball of Toto, Mike Reno of Loverboy and John Cafferty.
This was the first group of its kind which featured the original lead singers from successful bands of the eighties.
Later on Glen Hughes,Leslie West, Dave Jenkins and many other legendary singers were added to the lineup.
In 2000 Jimi agreed to team up with Sullivan and reform Survivor. In 2005, Jimi and the group re-recorded their biggest hit "Eye of the Tiger" with Jimi handling the lead vocals and to this day his renditions of "Eye of the Tiger" and "Burning Heart" electrify concert audiences worldwide.
Currently, his version of Eye of the Tiger can be heard in the movies "Kicking and Screaming" with Will Ferrell, "Big Fat Liar" and several other films and music compilation cd releases.

Some of the huge fan favorites on which Jimi was the original lead vocalist include: "High On You" ,"The Search is Over", "I Can't Hold Back", "Burning Heart", Rocky IV "The Moment of Truth" Karate Kid "In Good Faith" , "Is This Love", "Man Against the World", "Rebel Son", "Too Hot To Sleep", "Across The Miles", "Didn't Know It Was Love", "Burning Bridges", "When Seconds Count" "The Singer Not The Song" "Reach" "Seconds Away" "Gimme the Word" "Can't Give it Up" "The Rhythm of Your Heart" "Everlasting" "Oceans" "Broken Promises" "The Singer Not The Song" "Everlasting" "Keep it Right Here" "I See You in Everyone" and from his solo venture: The Baywatch TV Theme "I'm Always Here."
He also contributed his lead vocals for a cd called Animal Magnetism which benefited abused animals and on which he appeared with Paul and Linda McCartney and a song with Larry Hoppen of Orleans and Steve Cropper for The Dove House childrens charity..

In the early nineties Jimi hooked up with some other legends in the business, John Entwhistle of The Who and Jeff "Skunk" Baxter of the Doobie Brothers and Steely Dan, in an attempt to form one of the first all-star bands doing all new original music, but as budgets ran low for experiments during those times the guys finally had to go their separate ways.

*In the mid-nineties one of Jimi's favorite bands asked him to join but unfortunately was not able to do so. ..... the following is a statement from DEEP PURPLE keyboardist Jon Lord in an interview between Jon and Keyboard Magazine:

Lord: " The guy we actually wanted, if we *had* to work with a replacement for Gillan, was the singer of Survivor [Jimi Jamison], a very nice, very quiet and very pleasant guy. He was an enormous Deep Purple fan and he would happily have taken over the job. But at the time, he had just finished a solo record and the label strongly suggested that he not join the band. They were Italo-Americans; that says enough (laughs)."

KEYBOARDS: You mean,

Lord : Yes, they have connections. After a long period, during which we thought he'd accept the job, he turned it down. We were very disappointed and had to do auditions. """

Jimi released his first solo album "When Love Comes Down" in 1991 and in the late ninetys he released a highly acclaimed solo cd in Europe, "Empires" which allowed more promotional tour dates, interviews, TV shows and concerts.. Empires has also been currently re-released on Frontiers Records and as the result of a huge underground demand for the "Cobra" cd "First Strike" (originally released on Epic Records) it will also be re-released soon on another label..

Jimi has also made nine music videos (Survivor,Cobra), one of which held the number one position on MTV for 3 weeks in a row.

He has made multiple television and live appearances in:
the US , Germany, Belgium, France, Holland, Mexico, France, Trinidad, England, Holland, Greenland, China, Singapore, Philippine Islands, Brazil, Ecuador, Portugal, Argentina, Austria, Venezuela, Colombia, Guyana, Honduras, Puerto Rico, Peru, Bolivia, Netherlands, Panama, Guatemala, Bahamas, Costa Rica, Korea, Guam, Nicaragua, Mexico, Canada, Italy and Japan.

Jimi also has several national jingle spots to his credit including Holiday Inn and most recently the Starbucks TV Campaign which also gained an Emmy nomination in 2005 for best TV commercial.

He has served on the Grammy Awards Committee and is an AFTRA and SAG cardholder.
He has performed background vocals for the groups: ZZ Top, Krokus, Jeff Healy Band, Ten Years After, Tora Tora, Roxy Blue, Todd Agnew, Mylon LeFever, Rick Vito, George Throgood and the Destroyers, Colin James, The Angels, The Fabulous Thunderbirds, Omar and the Howlers, DeGarmo and Key, John Kilzer(with Roseann Cash & Rodney Crowell) , The Angels, Joe Walsh, Gary Chapman, Molly Hatchett, The Blackwood Brothers and numerous other national recording artists.

A little known fact:
Because he was never listed in the credits on the albums/cd's, few know that he was the lone background vocalist on several ZZ Top cd's, singles and movie sountracks including their biggest selling cd to date. His duet with Billy Gibbons on the song Rough Boy added a new twist to ZZ and Billy refers to Jimi as the honorary fourth member of ZZ Top .

Jimi's songs have been recorded by Joe Walsh, Johnny Van Zant, Survivor etc.......

He has been recognized by the Governors of Tennessee, Ohio, Illinois, California, New York and Arkansas for his work on and off the stage. .

This biography was provided by the artist or their representative.

Jimi Jamison
The voice that lead Survivor to three top ten songs, 5 top 20 songs, multiple major movie soundtracks and the voice and co-writer of a main TV theme composition, "I'm Always Here" / "Baywatch" (long standing 1 rated TV show worldwide) solidifies his standing as one of the premier singers, writers and performers in the music industry today.

Jimi graduated from Messick High School in Memphis, Tennessee. Born in rural Mississippi and rising from humble beginnings in a tough lower class section of Memphis,Tn to becoming an established star worldwide, his achievements call to mind Rock and Roll Legends:
Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins with whom he shared the stage as well as friendships. At 10 years old, one his biggest influences was -Elvis Presley- who he met in a department store while "The King" was on one of his famous shopping sprees, not knowing that years later he would be extended a personal invitation by Elvis' to visit him at his home.

Like Elvis, Jimi has never forgotten from whence he came, and continues to be dedicated to charity work such as:
St. Jude Children..s Hospital, Ronald McDonald House, Juvenile Diabetes Foundation, Dove House for Abused Children, WTC Relief, Special Olympics, Make A Wish Foundation, The Cancer Society, Carl Perkins Foundation, Rock n Jock Charities, The Surfrider Foundation, Fergie's Hep C benefits, George Kleins famous annual Christmas Charity Show and Auction, Friends Way, Tomorrow Fund, The Childrens Diabeties Foundation, Susan B. Komen Foundation,We Promise, Animal Magnitism, The Jerry Lewis Muscular Dystrophy Foundation, Toys for Tots, and the ARF Foundation, headed by Tony LaRussa, manager of the St. Louis Cardinals.

Jimi reveals, "My biggest vocal and musical influences were, Elvis, Wilson Pickett, BJ Thomas, Booker T and the MGs, The Beatles, Mitch Ryder, Deep Purple and Led Zepplin"

Jimi got his first studio recording experience at the age of 15 at the legendary Phillips Recording studio in Memphis, under the direction and guidance of his good friend and renowned engineer/producer Knox Phillips,(son of Sam Phillips who discovered Elvis Presley) recording a single "If I Cry" (which was originally meant for Memphis based chart toppers The Box Tops) but was cut by Jamison and released on the ATCO (Atlantic Records) label. This opened the door of oppourtunity for his band to perform with groups like: Mitch Ryder and the Detroit Wheels and the legendary Roy Orbison.

In the early 70's, at the invitation of TMI Studio staff bass player Jim Johnson, drummer Ritchie Simpson (Roy Orbison, Vince Gill etc...) and guitarist Paul Cannon, Jamison began hanging out and watching sessions being recorded at TMI Studio which was owned by Jerry Williams (manager of Paul Revere and the Raiders and the driving force behind the success of many big acts of the time) and the legendary guitarist/writer/producer Steve Cropper (Blues Brothers, Booker T and The MG's, and writer of numerous hits that came out of Stax Records including Otis Reding's biggest hit "Dock of the Bay").
"I was there so much that Steve and Jerry started thinking that I worked there", laughs Jimi, " I was just amazed at the people and the process of making a record and wanted to be around it as much as possible. I got to watch everyone from Poco to Jeff Beck recording their albums. It was a great experience."
Hanging out finally paid off when Cropper asked Jimi to sing background vocals on a session he was producing. which opened the doors to more and more vocal work.

Popularity soon started gaining momentum with the nationally acclaimed rock band "Target" with 2 album releases (Target and Captured) both on A&M Records.
In the late 70's manager Norman (Butch) Stone and agent Frank Barcelona provided constant touring with groups such as:
Black Oak Arkansas, Styx, Journey, Charlie Daniels, Kansas, Boston, The Beach Boys, Peter Frampton, Robin Trower, Ted Nugent, Hank Williams Jr, Kiss, Bob Seger, John Prine, Rush, Uriah Heep, Thin Lizzy and The Little River Band.

Jimi continued his rise to stardom forming the Swiss/American melodic metal group Cobra, with Mandy Meyer (Krokus,Gotthard, Asia) and recording a cd (First Strike) for Epic Records. To this day the Cobra cd is a much sought after item with fans worldwide.

Cobra made their way through the early 1980..s touring with Quiet Riot and Nazareth. After the groups breakup the members of Cobra went on to join the bands: Asia, Survivor and Krokus. Jamison states that he's had the honor of working with some of the greatest producers who ever graced a studio: Tom Allom, Ron Nevison, Shel Talmy, Frank Fillipetti, Terry Maning, Joe Hardy, John Hampton, Bruce Fairburn, John Ryan and Keith Skyes to mention a few...

In 1983 the group Survivor who had a number 1 hit worldwide with the song from the movie Rocky III (Eye Of The Tiger) had to replace their lead singer,David Bickler, due to voice problems. At the suggestion of Epic Records exec Frank Rand, Jamison was asked to take a shot at singing with the group.
Used to a heavier more rock type of vocal style, Jamison was hesitant about accepting the invitation, but with urging from friends back home and after hearing the quality of the songwriting , he decided to give it a try.

Ironically, Jamison's first MTV video release with the group, (I Can't Hold Back) from the Vital Signs cd, featured Jamison almost exclusively throughout the video and catapulted the bands career to heights they had never before achieved. The video created a fan feeding frenzy, for more videos and more requests from fans for radio airplay.

Jamisons vocals became the magic which would lead Survivor to many top 10, top 20, top 40, gold and double platinum albums and multiple movie soundtracks including "Burning Heart" for Rocky IV and "The Moment of Truth" for The Karate Kid.

Begining in 1991 and through the mid 90's he recorded two solo cd's, performed "Ever Since The World Began" for the Sylvester Stallone movie "Lockup" and became a founding member of:
"The Voices of Classic Rock" which included:
Mickey Thomas of Starship, Bobby Kimball of Toto, Mike Reno of Loverboy and John Cafferty.
This was the first group of its kind which featured the original lead singers from successful bands of the eighties.
Later on Glen Hughes,Leslie West, Dave Jenkins and many other legendary singers were added to the lineup.
In 2000 Jimi agreed to team up with Sullivan and reform Survivor. In 2005, Jimi and the group re-recorded their biggest hit "Eye of the Tiger" with Jimi handling the lead vocals and to this day his renditions of "Eye of the Tiger" and "Burning Heart" electrify concert audiences worldwide.
Currently, his version of Eye of the Tiger can be heard in the movies "Kicking and Screaming" with Will Ferrell, "Big Fat Liar" and several other films and music compilation cd releases.

Some of the huge fan favorites on which Jimi was the original lead vocalist include: "High On You" ,"The Search is Over", "I Can't Hold Back", "Burning Heart", Rocky IV "The Moment of Truth" Karate Kid "In Good Faith" , "Is This Love", "Man Against the World", "Rebel Son", "Too Hot To Sleep", "Across The Miles", "Didn't Know It Was Love", "Burning Bridges", "When Seconds Count" "The Singer Not The Song" "Reach" "Seconds Away" "Gimme the Word" "Can't Give it Up" "The Rhythm of Your Heart" "Everlasting" "Oceans" "Broken Promises" "The Singer Not The Song" "Everlasting" "Keep it Right Here" "I See You in Everyone" and from his solo venture: The Baywatch TV Theme "I'm Always Here."
He also contributed his lead vocals for a cd called Animal Magnetism which benefited abused animals and on which he appeared with Paul and Linda McCartney and a song with Larry Hoppen of Orleans and Steve Cropper for The Dove House childrens charity..

In the early nineties Jimi hooked up with some other legends in the business, John Entwhistle of The Who and Jeff "Skunk" Baxter of the Doobie Brothers and Steely Dan, in an attempt to form one of the first all-star bands doing all new original music, but as budgets ran low for experiments during those times the guys finally had to go their separate ways.

*In the mid-nineties one of Jimi's favorite bands asked him to join but unfortunately was not able to do so. ..... the following is a statement from DEEP PURPLE keyboardist Jon Lord in an interview between Jon and Keyboard Magazine:

Lord: " The guy we actually wanted, if we *had* to work with a replacement for Gillan, was the singer of Survivor [Jimi Jamison], a very nice, very quiet and very pleasant guy. He was an enormous Deep Purple fan and he would happily have taken over the job. But at the time, he had just finished a solo record and the label strongly suggested that he not join the band. They were Italo-Americans; that says enough (laughs)."

KEYBOARDS: You mean,

Lord : Yes, they have connections. After a long period, during which we thought he'd accept the job, he turned it down. We were very disappointed and had to do auditions. """

Jimi released his first solo album "When Love Comes Down" in 1991 and in the late ninetys he released a highly acclaimed solo cd in Europe, "Empires" which allowed more promotional tour dates, interviews, TV shows and concerts.. Empires has also been currently re-released on Frontiers Records and as the result of a huge underground demand for the "Cobra" cd "First Strike" (originally released on Epic Records) it will also be re-released soon on another label..

Jimi has also made nine music videos (Survivor,Cobra), one of which held the number one position on MTV for 3 weeks in a row.

He has made multiple television and live appearances in:
the US , Germany, Belgium, France, Holland, Mexico, France, Trinidad, England, Holland, Greenland, China, Singapore, Philippine Islands, Brazil, Ecuador, Portugal, Argentina, Austria, Venezuela, Colombia, Guyana, Honduras, Puerto Rico, Peru, Bolivia, Netherlands, Panama, Guatemala, Bahamas, Costa Rica, Korea, Guam, Nicaragua, Mexico, Canada, Italy and Japan.

Jimi also has several national jingle spots to his credit including Holiday Inn and most recently the Starbucks TV Campaign which also gained an Emmy nomination in 2005 for best TV commercial.

He has served on the Grammy Awards Committee and is an AFTRA and SAG cardholder.
He has performed background vocals for the groups: ZZ Top, Krokus, Jeff Healy Band, Ten Years After, Tora Tora, Roxy Blue, Todd Agnew, Mylon LeFever, Rick Vito, George Throgood and the Destroyers, Colin James, The Angels, The Fabulous Thunderbirds, Omar and the Howlers, DeGarmo and Key, John Kilzer(with Roseann Cash & Rodney Crowell) , The Angels, Joe Walsh, Gary Chapman, Molly Hatchett, The Blackwood Brothers and numerous other national recording artists.

A little known fact:
Because he was never listed in the credits on the albums/cd's, few know that he was the lone background vocalist on several ZZ Top cd's, singles and movie sountracks including their biggest selling cd to date. His duet with Billy Gibbons on the song Rough Boy added a new twist to ZZ and Billy refers to Jimi as the honorary fourth member of ZZ Top .

Jimi's songs have been recorded by Joe Walsh, Johnny Van Zant, Survivor etc.......

He has been recognized by the Governors of Tennessee, Ohio, Illinois, California, New York and Arkansas for his work on and off the stage. .

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