“Few singers blend grit and grandeur like Jimmy Webb… [his] voice is like an old Mustang heading through a treacherous yet often gorgeous landscape.”
— ROLLING STONE
America’s greatest living songwriter, Jimmy Webb, is making his way to our shores in June and will see him perform in Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne & Perth. The composer and singer, known worldwide as a master of his trade, will perform his catalogue of hits to Australian audiences.
A true living legend of songwriting, Jimmy Webb has been crafting amazing songs, many of which have become cherished standards for some forty years. And he’s still doing it. His platinum selling songs and classics include: “Wichita Lineman,” “By The Time I Get To Phoenix,” “Galveston,” “The Moon’s A Harsh Mistress,” “All I Know,” “The Highwayman,” “Up, Up and Away,” “MacArthur Park,” - and that’s just for starters . Webb is one of those rare songwriters who manages to bring a genuine measure of magic to everything he touches.
During his storied career, Jimmy has received every major award a songwriter can get; including three Grammy Awards, the Academy of Country Music’s Poet Award and PRS for Music Special International Award at the prestigious Ivor Norvello Awards in 2012. His songs have been recorded or performed by many of the best in the business including Frank Sinatra, Elvis Presley, Judy Collins, Isaac Hayes, Art Garfunkel, Glen Campbell, Linda Ronstadt, R.E.M., Michael Feinstein and Carly Simon. Glen Campbell, has recorded the largest number of Jimmy's hits and this is a partnership that is one of the most famous in the music business. Donna Summer recorded a disco version of “MacArthur Park” in 1978 and it went to No. 1 in Australia after it was released as a single. According to BMI, his song” By the Time I Get to Phoenix" was the third most performed song in the 50 years between 1940 to 1990. Jimmy Webb was the youngest man ever inducted into the National Songwriters’ Hall of Fame and he is dedicated to the preserving the rights and the craft of the songwriter.
In this very special and intimate evening, Jimmy will not only bring fans of his music a unique connection to their favourite songs on his piano, he will also reveal the stories behind his hits and a career trajectory that took a teen preacher’s son from a farm town in Oklahoma to the top of his longed-for profession, with pitfalls and blessings in equal measure between. Webb’s much anticipated Memoir, The Cake and The Rain, will be released in April 2017.