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Jim Wilson

Pianist Jim Wilson had a long career in keyboard-related technical work before he became a recording artist in his own right. Born in Greenville, SC, he moved with his family to Amarillo, TX, when he was six and grew up there. He first began playing the guitar at seven and was composing songs by the age of nine or ten. By 14, he was playing in bands that were earning money. He switched to the piano at 19 and moved to Los Angeles, where he went to piano-tuning school. He also signed on with a song publisher and began submitting his work to television shows. He composed music for the TV series Frank's Place (1987-1988), but he gained his greatest recognition in the music business as a piano tuner while also developing a MIDI adaptor for acoustic piano and teaching its uses to musicians. This work brought him in contact with such stars as Burt Bacharach, Jackson Browne, Billy Joel, Elton John, Carole King, Paul McCartney, and Bruce Springsteen. It was not until 1997 that Wilson found the time to write and record his debut album, which he then offered to record companies. Signing to EMI's Angel division, he issued Northern Seascape in January 1999. The new age effort, including originals by Wilson along with a cover of the 1967 Left Banke hit "Walk Away Renee," featured such guest musicians as Dan Fogelberg, Davey Johnstone of Elton John's band, and Dave Koz, and it reached number 21 on Billboard's Top New Age Albums chart. Wilson followed it in July 2001 with Cape of Good Hope, released by Hillsboro. This time, the cover tune was the Blind Faith classic "Can't Find My Way Home," and the guests included Fogelberg, Johnstone, and Chris Botti; the album hit number eight in the new age chart. Moving to Word Entertainment in 2002, Wilson cut a seasonal album, My First Christmas with You. His next album, Quiet Shadows (aka Playing Favorites) featured his covers of pop hits like "Wichita Lineman" and Elton John's "Your Song." He finished a new album in 2004 and tentatively titled it Sanctuary for a few press copies, though it was never released commercially under that name. In June 2005, Artemis Nashville announced that it had signed him to a contract, and in August the label released the album, by now retitled A Place in My Heart. ~ William Ruhlmann
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  1.   Song
  2.   Donna Lynn by Stephen Bishop
  3.   Doxology/Little Drummer Boy
  4.   Paul's Theme
  5.   Silent Night! Holy Night!
  6.   Hear Our Prayers
  7.   Morning Water Song
  8.   A Place in My Heart
  9.   Sanctuary
  10.   Greensleeves
  11.   Susanna
  12.   Your Song
  13.   Heart of Innocence
  14.   Etheria
  15.   Diango's Hope
  16.   River
  17.   Discovery
  18.   Turn to Me
  19.   Some People
  20.   Walk Away Renee
  21.   Say You Will
  22.   Laura's World
  23.   If the Morningn Never Comes
  24.   Finlandia (Tone Poem Op.23)
  25.   Friend
  26.   Luna de la Jolla
  27.   My First Christmas With You
  28.   Wichita Lineman
  29.   Anna's Blue Skies
  30.   Home in the Heartland
  31.   Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas
  32.   Northern Seascape
  33.   Morningstar
  34.   Sierra Snowfall
  35.   Candle in the Wind
  36.   Maha Maya
  37.   Aspenglow
  38.   Avalon Ballroom 1934 by Lili Haydn
  39.   Silent Night
  40.   Quiet Shadows
  41.   'Til I See You Again
  42.   California
  43.   Cape of Good Hope
  44.   Mon Ami Eternal
  45.   Mona Lisas and Mad Hatters
  46.   More and More
  47.   Evening Song
  48.   Eagle's Flight
  49.   Kaando Kaney Mon
  50.   Doxology/The Little Drummer Boy
  51.   Restless Sea
  52.   Narayana
  53.   Durga
  54.   Foolish Me
  55.   A Universe to Come
  56.   Ama
  57.   Morning on Cannery Row
  58.   Illuminara
  59.   Prayer to the Mystery
  60.   God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
  61.   The Keyhole in the Door
  62.   Heaven Knows
  63.   Hunter's Moon
  64.   Picasso's Midnight Stroll featuring Chris Botti
  65.   O Come All Ye Faithful
  66.   O Holy Night

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