Powerhouse vocalist Jimi Jamison earned recognition as the front man for the Memphis-based hard rock bands Target and Cobra before reaching platinum heights as the lead singer of Survivor, performing the songs “Burning Heart” from the film Rocky IV, “The Moment of Truth” from The Karate Kid, and the top 10 hits “I Can’t Hold Back,” “High On You,” “The Search is Over” and “Is This Love.” Acclaimed by Casey Kasem as “The Voice,” Jimi Jamison’s recordings are treasured by connoisseurs of AOR and melodic rock, who consistently rate him as one of the genre’s top 5 vocalists of all time. Striking out on his own as the ’80s drew to a close, Jamison cut several solo albums, nearly joined Deep Purple, collaborated with Joe Walsh and Toto’s Bobby Kimball, and periodically reunited with Survivor. Jimi Jamison tragically passed away in 2014 but his strong clear voice continues to thrill fans worldwide.
Did you know?
- Jimi Jamison co-wrote and sang the Baywatch theme song “I’m Always Here”
- Jamison sang uncredited harmony and backing vocals on ZZ Top hits including “Gimme All Your Lovin’,” “Legs” and “Doubleback”
- Jimi Jamison and his Survivor bandmates appeared in a 2005 Starbucks TV commercial