Jimy Graham is an Award-Winning Blues, Rock and Reggae Artist who has performed his music worldwide.
At age 8, he picked up the guitar and began playing melodies in his native state of New York. He found that he loved the many variations of sound that music had to offer; from the soul of Motown, to the truthful strains of the blues, the power of rock, to the allure of Caribbean beats.
As a teenager, he was overheard by a neighborhood musician that was working with Wilson Pickett. The neighbor encouraged Graham to audition for Pickett’s band; and the audition resulted in Jimy’s first professional job. The young artist received quite a break considering the guitar job was previously held by legend Jimi Hendrix. (Another parallel with the life of Hendrix would occur years later, when Graham would portray him in the production of “Morrison: A Rock Opera” at the Hollywood Palace).
Ever hungry to pursue his musical dream, Graham found himself traveling to the West Coast. There he performed and recorded with Los Angeles based Reggae band, Babylon Warriors. Jimy also had the opportunity to open for UB40 with Reggae Superstar Pablo Moses.
Zimbabwe Africa was to be Grahams next stop as a guitarist. As he was asked to tour with Reggae superstar Don Carlos for the legendary Black Uhuru. The tour was quite extensive and went extremely well.
After which, Graham returned to New York, and did session work with artists such as Peter Tosh, Dennis Brown, Grace Jones and Sly and Robbie.
After all this traveling and playing Jimy found he had developed a name for himself.
Next, Japan was calling. In Japan, Jimy performed with Japan pop icons TRF at the world famous Budokan. The artists performances as a solo artist also continued and he went on to play packed houses in other areas of Asia. Venues like Shanghai’s Piccone Club, Hong Kong’s Rock school, The Roomful of Blues in Singapore and both The Hard Rock Cafe and The Roadhouse in Macau, China were all on the performance menu.
Now known as an A list musician for soul, R&B, Blues, Rock and Reggae; Graham got the call to perform in Jamaica. Accepting the offer Jimy played around Jamaica and ended up selling out nights at Kingston’s trendy Red Bones Blues Cafe. Graham would later play main stage at Jamaica’s Jazz and Blues Festival 15th Anniversary in 2011. His performance electrified the crowd with a set that included a medley of the National Anthem of Jamaica and the Star Spangled Banner (With portions played with his teeth ala Jimi Hendrix).
RSP is happy to welcome Jimy Graham as a new artist and artist family member.