Jimmy Webb is a Grammy Award-Winning songwriter, composer, and singer known worldwide as a master of his trade. His timeless hits continue to be performed and recorded by the industry’s biggest names, and his new compositions span the musical spectrum from classical to pop. Since his first platinum record, “The Worst That Could Happen,” Webb has had numerous hits, including “Up, Up and Away,” “By the Time I Get to Phoenix,” “Wichita Lineman”, “Galveston,” “Highwayman,” “All I Know” and “MacArthur Park.” Webb’s songs have been recorded by some of the greatest voices, including Frank Sinatra, Barbra Streisand, Nina Simone, Isaac Hayes, Art Garfunkel, Linda Ronstadt, Tony Bennett, and Josh Groban. Still, perhaps one of his most outstanding collaborations was his musical partnership with Glen Campbell. His touring multi-media show, “Jimmy Webb: The Glen Campbell Years,” brings fans of his music a unique collection of songs, revealing the stories behind the legacy he created with his friend Glen Campbell through virtual duets, new music videos and stories of how these iconic songs came to be. He’ll bring the show to the Ridgefield Playhouse on Thursday, May 4, 2023 at 7:30pm as part of the Mountain Dew Country & Bluegrass Series and 068 Magazine Singer Songwriter Series. Special guest for the evening is Ashley Campbell. “… A night with Jimmy at the keys is not unlike getting to hear George Gershwin or Cole Porter live. It’s hard to believe one guy could have written all these amazing songs…if you get a chance to see him live, grab it. People ask why nobody writes songs like they used to. Fortunately for us all, Jimmy Webb still does.” – American Songwriter Magazine
Jimmy Webb is the only artist ever to have received Grammy Awards for music, lyrics and orchestration. His numerous accolades include the prestigious Ivor Novella International Award (2012) and the Academy of Country Music’s Poet Award (2016). In 2016, Rolling Stone magazine listed Webb as one of the top 50 songwriters of all time. Jimmy Webb was the youngest member ever inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame and served as its Chairman. He has also served proudly as the Vice Chair of ASCAP. Time and again, Webb has paved the way for songwriters in an ever-changing media landscape, spearheading the ongoing effort to preserve the rights of songwriters and their intellectual property in the digital age.
Webb is an international touring artist, averaging 50 shows a year. Webb is also an author – his memoir The Cake and the Rain (2017) brings to life a 15-year span in Webb’s unique career, written with the same sense of poetry and story as his many hits. Webb’s first book, Tunesmith: Inside the Art of Songwriting, in addition to being a good read, is considered a “bible” among musicians.
Jimmy Webb was trained in the sacred space of Motown and had his first commercial recordings there. Webb’s songs have been recorded by the greatest voices including Frank Sinatra, Barbra Streisand, Nina Simone, Isaac Hayes, Art Garfunkel, Linda Ronstadt, Tony Bennett, Michael Feinstein, Michael Ball and Josh Groban. Per BMI, his song “By the Time I Get to Phoenix” was the third most performed song between 1940 and 1990. Webb continues to write and record, and has released ten solo albums, while also writing for other artists. In 2019 Webb released SlipCover, his piano interpretations of contemporary composers including friends Billy Joel and Randy Newman.
Webb is happily married to Laura Savini, a producer and host for PBS. He has five sons, the perfect daughter and is grandfather to precious Josephine.
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