Jim Farmer - Bio

 







 

Alabama native Jim Farmer comes to country music already a very successful public figure. He’s played to wildly cheering audiences and scored points with fans for years. Of course, those original hits involved the 6’4" star playing basketball for the Dallas Mavericks, the Utah Jazz and other NBA teams before spending three years on Magic Johnson’s touring dream team, the All Stars. Now he is concentrating on another longtime love: music. And one of his best friends couldn’t be happier.

"I’m a longtime fan of Jim’s basketball playing," says Sawyer Brown lead singer Mark Miller. "Now that I’ve heard his CD, put me down as a fan of his music as well!" And, adds Sawyer Brown manager T.K. Kimbrell, "I believe he’s better at music than he is at basketball, and that’s really saying something!"

Producer Adam Mitchell agrees. Mitchell, who has worked with acts as diverse as Manhattan Transfer and Linda Ronstadt, has been working with Farmer since the ballplayer relocated to Nashville. "Jim has that one thing you must have to make good music: an emotional connection," Mitchell reflects. "He has a tonal quality that reaches the listener’s heart."

Although relatively new to Nashville, Farmer has been singing and performing since his High School days in Dothan, Alabama. Time to devote to music lessened while Farmer played on one of the University of Alabama’s most successful teams, averaging 16.5 points a game in the 1986-87 season. When he graduated in 1987, the All-American player once again picked up his singing career, only to be drafted in the first round by the Mavericks.

Living in Los Angeles while playing on Magic Johnson’s All Stars offered Farmer yet another career turn: modeling. His striking and personable look led to a variety of magazine covers and many offers from commercial clients including Sony, Diet Coke, Nike, Converse, and Twix candy bars, among others. Still, his love of music kept pulling Farmer back home to the South.

"I was never sure where I might fit into the music," Farmer admits. "I was country, yet my sound was pop as well. When Garth Brooks came along I realized the country umbrella was big enough for a diverse group of performers. That’s when I decided to get serious about music again. I realized this wasn’t something you could just jump into, though. As in sports, it required discipline and hard work. I moved to Nashville, signed up for vocal coaching with Lisa Van Wye, who has done such great work for people on several labels, like Capitol, Monument and Warner Brothers. And I was fortunate enough to have a producer on the level of Adam Mitchell believe in me. We spent the time to develop my own natural style and find the great songs."

Although he has concentrated on recording and performing since relocating to Nashville, Farmer continued to delight his many fans by suiting up for ball games at many charitable events. At one reunion game the autograph line alone was estimated at six thousand. His dedication to the music paid off, and the result is a seamless contemporary country project.

Farmer’s delivery is smooth and polished, yet with an intimacy that immediately connects. He emerges as a natural song stylist, delivering as if he owned the patent on the material. The CD contains songs with highly visual lyrics backed by infectious melodies, written by some of the genre’s finest including standout performances on Mark D. Sanders’ "Gimme, Gimme, Gimme" and Tim Nichols’ "Do You Ever." The songs reflect Farmer’s personality, as well: upbeat, positive, engaging. The production is clean and tight, expansive, yet without a superfluous note. This is a singer who can move easily from the small club atmosphere to the arena yet retain a one-on-one with the audience. A hit package from a pro.