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Biography

“Jim Gill writes with more depth than your average poet and has a quiet intensity much like Greg Brown and John Gorka.” — Jeff Niesel, Cleveland Free Times Music Review

“Absolute killer voice!” — Nancy Lackner, Three Rivers Productions

In the summer of 2017 Jim will eclipse his 2000th show mark. That’s a lot of music! Over the course of a music career that began in 2001, Jim Gill has shared stages with notable artists as varied as John Gorka at The Village Folk Festival, Peter Mulvey at the Beachland Ballroom in Cleveland, Tommy James and The Shondells at The Ritz Theatre in Tiffin, Ohio and Mary Gauthier as part of the Six String Concerts series staged in the Columbus Performing Arts Center which plays host to the top acoustic folk and roots artists in the country. Jim has also enjoyed performances with Ohio legends Michael Stanley and Alex Bevan.

“People really enjoyed your songs and your beautiful, warm voice. Great show!” — Kim Rice Wilson, President, Six String Concerts

Jim has performed multiple times at the acoustic folk/roots concert, Rootstock in legendary Cleveland venue, Cain Park. He was first runner-up in the 2006 Pittsburgh Singer/Songwriter Competition presented by Three Rivers Productions. He has toured thru Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, New York, Rochester, Boston, and Vermont. Jim was the headliner at The Ritz Theatre in Tiffin, Ohio for their “First Fridays” event in 2005. They were so taken with his performance that they have invited him back every season since! Perhaps most notably, Jim Gill was a finalist in the New Song Competition of the 2006 Kerrville Folk Festival. As a result, “Walk In My Shoes”, has enjoyed considerable airplay on Christin Lavin’s XM 16 Satellite Radio program, The Village.

“Jim Gill took the stage and lovingly led our audience through the highs and lows of life. His guitar work, sensitive and clever lyrics, and warm stage presence embraced the crowd. We truly felt like we were part of an experience…a relaxed, colorful, beautiful journey, rather than mere patrons at a concert.” — Michael Strong, Executive Director, The Ritz Theatre

Article previewing Jim’s appearance at Lakewood Library Concert Series:

“Jim Gill brings a bright new voice to the Ohio music scene. This gifted singer-songwriter grabs your ear and doesn’t let go, whether he’s delivering hard-hitting tunes about the world around us or heartfelt personal ballads. He’s a captivating performer, too–so don’t miss a chance to catch Jim Gill in concert!” — John Soeder, Cleveland Plain Dealer Music Critic

Gill’s songs evoke the same emotional scenery as Ellis Paul, Richard Shindell, Jeffrey Foucault, Greg Brown and John Gorka. “Sparse, introspective and compelling”, writes the Medina Gazette. The songs are conveyed in his signature, lush, baritone voice that producer Jim Ballard of Skylyne Studios describes as, “Jim Croce with warmth and range!” Audience members routinely comment on his memorable voice and the depth, and breadth, of his lyrical subject matter. He covers everything from coal mining to motorcycles, coffee to politics, from the raucous to the sublime.

His live shows are punctuated with outlandish stories culled from his life as the only son in an Irish Catholic family of 10. His banter with audience members is a trademark delight. Venue owner Kelly Steele observed, “His outrageous anecdotes and lightning-fast wit engender in the audience a sense of being in their own living room at a great house party!”

In his live shows, Jim sings along with himself on a “looping” device, which allows him to make layered vocal tracks where he actually harmonizes with his own voice. These on-the-fly aural effects are truly arresting.

“Jim Gill is a singer/songwriter/guitar player/storyteller extraordinaire! His stories about growing up with seven sisters in an Irish Catholic family are hilarious. His songs, based on life experiences, are sensitive, funny, and musically engaging. Jim plays six and twelve-string guitars as well as the harmonica. Occasionally he uses a looping device so that he can sing both lead and harmony parts. His songs are pure originals, and all of them are outstanding. Jim has a rare talent for engaging the audience, and a house concert is the ideal venue for this. The audience wants him back and we are going to do just that!” — Tom Fleming, Huntington Wood House Concerts, 2006

Jim was invited to contribute a track to the 2007 John Bassette tribute compilation CD which also features covers by Tom Paxton, Michael Stanley, Alex Bevan, Marti Jones & Don Dixon among others.

Jim was honored with an invitation to write and perform three new songs for the Baldwin Wallace College Theater production of The Laramie Project. Those songs are now available on his 2013 release, Blue. Jim’s first two studio efforts, So Fine and Sky were followed up by his third release, Jim Gill Live Volume One. A brief time later, Jim Gill Live Volume Two engaged his fans with original favorites plus opened them up to some new material recorded for the first time in front of a live audience. His 2011 release of original material, All The Time was followed up by Blue in which 12 tracks explore themes as varied as immigration, salvation and damnation. He then produced the 2013 full band live album, Jim Gill Band Live at Lock 3 recorded in Akron, Ohio. Plus you can throw in a couple of cover discs available only at shows. If you’re interested in his tunesmithing you can click here to purchase his CD’s online. Of course, all of Jim’s recordings are available at his live shows. Click here to listen to audio clips of the music!

To view samples of Jim’s artwork from his 30 year professional illustration career visit: www.Gillustration.com