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Spend an evening with Jim Brickman

Nov. 24, 2008

KALAMAZOO--Take a break from the hectic demands of the holiday season to spend a few hours with Jim Brickman. The platinum-selling recording artist, pianist and composer will be at Miller Auditorium for one performance at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 11.

Brickman's 13th annual Holiday Homecoming Tour is filled with classic and contemporary favorites of the season. Joining the 30-city tour is Canadian vocalist and pianist Mark Masri, vocalist Anne Cochran and electric violinist Tracy Silverman. The trio has performed with Brickman every December for more than a decade.

A native of Cleveland, Brickman began playing piano when he was just 5 years old, later studying at the prestigious Cleveland Institute of Music. He revolutionized the sound of adult contemporary music with his pop-style solo piano and signature romantic songs.

Since the release of his debut album "No Words" in 1994, Brickman has had more charted adult radio hits (24) that any other artist. His signature style has also brought him six gold and platinum-selling albums, consistent Billboard chart toppers, a Grammy nod and several prestigious honors, including a Society of European Stage Authors and Composers Songwriter of the Year Award, Canadian Country Music Award and Gospel Music Association Dove Award.

Brickman's best-known hits include "Valentine," "The Gift," "Love of My Life," "Destiny," "Simple Things" and "Peace." In November 2005, he held the top three spots on the Billboard new age charts for his albums "The Disney Songbook," "Grace" and "Greatest Hits." His international tours span from Spain to Thailand, and he's debuted at both Carnegie Hall and the White House.

Some of Brickman's other artistic endeavors include a weekly radio show, "Your Weekend," and two best-selling books, "Simple Things" and "Love Notes." TV audiences have seen him perform on ABC's "Gala for the President" at Ford's Theatre, "Good Morning America," "Extra," and "Regis and Kelly." He served as special performance correspondent the NBC "Today" program and hosted A&E's "Winter Solstice on Ice."

The Jim Brickman Holiday Homecoming Tour is part of the Lake Michigan Mailers Spotlight Series. Tickets range from $39.75 to $75 and are available by calling (269) 387-2300 or (800) 228-9858, online at millerauditorium.com, or by visiting the Miller Auditorium Ticket Office or Epic Center Box Office in downtown Kalamazoo. Groups of 20 or more should call (269) 387-2312 for special discounts.

Media contact: Tracey Lawie (269) 387-2309, tracey.lawie@wmich.edu

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