Jim Whitaker Music





     JIM WHITAKER is a BMI writer, musician, vocalist.  He was born in Texas and raised in Oklahoma.  Jim’s first break came in 1978 when he wrote ‘Ode To The Farmer’. It was the national theme song of the national farm movement.  His first album was recorded at Studio One in Nashville and produced by Bobby Boyd on Boyd Records and engineered by Tommy Strong. He was on the same program with Merle Kilgore, Penny Dehaven, and The George Jones Band. Jim played at Constitution Hall in Washington D.C. for many members of Congress and received a standing ovation at the hall.. He also opened for Jerry Reed that year.

     In 1979, Jim moved to California and co-found “The Mojave River Band”, playing fiddle, banjo and guitar. The band was the house band at the famous Cocky Bull in Victorville, California. Some of the highlights were winning the Wrightwood Bluegrass Festival and Jim won awards as instrumentalist and entertainer of the year at the Apple Valley Days. During this time he did programs with Roy Rogers, Dale Evans and Dusty (Roy’s Son) as well as programs for St. Judes Hospital with Danny Thomas’ daughter, Terri in 1980. Jim co-founded “Renegade Band” In Hollywood with Monte Beach and Rocky Barrett. The band immediately signed a recording contract with Jack Luttrell (Ventures, ETC) of Fox Fidel Records. The band recorded it’s first album at Gold Star Studios in Hollywood and Stan Ross (Eagles, Beach Boys, Etc) was engineer. The songs were written by Jim and Rocky. Some of the highlights were “Cold Hearted Woman” Hit the charts and The band toured for two years, including playing Vegas and traveling in Alaska. The Renegade Band were on the same programs with such artists as The Oak Ridge Boys, David Frizzell, Willie Nelson, Dottie West and many others.

     In 1983, Jim moved back to Oklahoma and played in coffee houses and Holiday Inns. He started doing anti-drug programs in schools with a group called Dreamstring, out of California. Matt Kaae was the director. Jim also started singing in churches and working with kids during this time. In 1985, good friend, Ray Peterson (Corrina, Corrina, Tell Laura I Love Her, ETC convinced Jim to move to Nashville, He became youth pastor at the Chapel Of Love in Mt. Juliet, Tennessee. He began working with multi-Grammy winner Gary’s. Paxton for a while writing and publishing, during this time he had several Indie Cuts. In 1987, Jim went on a mission trip to Haiti for ten days. He produced an album and video to help raise money to feed the children in the orphanage there. K.O. White was the artist. In 1989, Jim produced an album on Zane Trusty At Fox Farm Studio. Zane was working with Anita Bryant at time in the Arkansas.

     In 1990 through 1992 Jim produced several sessions on “The Country Thunder Band and Jayne Lance, as well as another self produced album to help raise money for “New Canaan Ranch” in Pulaski, Tennessee. During this time, Jim did several sessions in Memphis with musicians such as Willie Hall (The Blues Brothers) and B.B, Cunningham, Jr. (Jerry Lee Lewis). Jim also co-wrote many songs with Jack Fultz that were recorded by several artists such as Rebecca Lynn Howard. In 1993 he went to work for Gibson Guitar Company until 1998. In 1997 The Fox Brothers recorded “Red Top Mountain” Jim had co-written with Daniel Johnson, The song went to number one on the charts. As well as Dan Johnson, Jim has written songs with many successful writers such as Greg Gordon (Elvis, Tanya Tucker, Etc.), Royce Porter (Ocean Front Property, My Amy, Miami, Etc.) Jim Goff (allman Brothers), Jim Robinson (Restless Heart, Etc)

     In 2003, longtime friend Charlie Hayward (Bass player for Charlie Daniels), encouraged Jim to do a CD of original material.. along with Charlie and several of Jim’s friends and it was released this fall.. In the last few months he has been o the same programs with Billy Currington, Stella Parton, Charlie Louvin, Johnny Carver, Jeanie Seely and many more.. Jim supports “School For Life Ministry” In Iaeger, West Virginia. McDowell County is the poorest county in the U.S.

     Jim is currently working on two more CD’S with producer Dan Duncan in Nashville. For more information go to Jims web site at www.JimWhitakerMusic.com 

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Matthew 22:14 For many are called, but few are chosen.

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