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Jimi Jamison

Jimmy Wayne Jamison

Remastered CD | ICON 1073

  • Originally released 2024
  • Survivor lead singer Jimi Jamison’s PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED 2007 solo album!
  • Entirely written and produced by fellow former Survivor member Jim Peterik
  • All track versions are previously unheard
  • Liner notes essay by Matt Wardlaw (Ultimate Classic Rock radio DJ and journalist)
  • Second posthumous release from the Jimi Jamison Archives
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Track Listing

  • 1. Live Life
  • 2. Love You All Over the World
  • 3. Runaway Train
  • 4. Strong at the Broken Places
  • 5. I Wanna Touch You There
  • 6. Heart of a Woman
  • 7. Sound of Home
  • 8. Alive
  • 9. Till You Love Someone
  • 10. Come Dancing
  • 11. A Kiss to Remember You By

Lineup

  • Jimi Jamison - Lead and Background Vocals
  • Jim Peterik - Guitar, Bass, Keyboards, Background Vocals
  • Mike Aquino - Guitar, Mandolin
  • Klem Hayes - Bass
  • Ed Breckenfeld - Drums
  • Christian Cullen - Keyboards
  • Scott May - B3 organ on “Alive”
  • Lisa McClowry - Background Vocals

  • Produced by Jim Peterik and Larry Millas

After leading Survivor to the top of the charts in the mid-’80s with hits like “I Can’t Hold Back,” “High on You,” “The Search Is Over,” “Burning Heart,” and “Is This Love” and being acclaimed by none other than Casey Kasem as “The Voice,” powerhouse vocalist Jimi Jamison reunited with his former Survivor band-mate, songwriter Jim Peterik (“Eye of the Tiger,” “Hold on Loosely,” “Vehicle”) to cut…a country-rock album?

On the face of it, the concept seems perplexing, yet it makes perfect sense. The singer was born Jimmy Wayne Jamison in smalltown Durant, Mississippi. He performed songs by The Marshall Tucker Band in his dues paying club days, cut background vocals for Molly Hatchet, and sang prominent harmonies all over ZZ Top’s massive Eliminator album, featuring hits like “Gimme All Your Lovin’.” ZZ Top frontman Billy Gibbons referred to Jamison as the “fourth member” of the group after working, touring, and hanging out with them in multiple occasions. Those who knew him best said that you could hear his Southern roots, no matter what he was singing, even when he joined Survivor.

Meanwhile, master songwriter Jim Peterik had written with Lynyrd Skynyrd, 38 Special, and Blackhawk. Peterik zeroes in on one thing about Jamison’s vocals that he registered almost immediately. “I heard what I called ‘the yodel’ in his voice, which is what I call the ‘Southern twang,’” he explains. “It’s not really Southern, but he’s got a catch in his voice that I made sure was in every song.”

When we think of country music today, the line often blurs between true old school country, pop, and straight up rock & roll. The same is true with Jimmy Wayne Jamison, which at times, doesn’t stray too far from the Jimi Jamison that we all know and love so dearly. “It’s not like he sings this album with a certain twang or anything like that, it’s just Jamison,” Peterik offers as an expert summary. “I mean, there’s really not a huge dividing line between the two Jamisons, the ‘rock Jamison’ and what you’re hearing on this record, at least in my opinion. It’s not like he’s twang-y or anything like that. Maybe it’s a little more gentle? But he’s still rockin’.”

Jimi Jamison’s Jimmy Wayne Jamison album has never been heard…until now!