Jimmy Mack

Most famous musicians experience the excess that invariably comes with fame and fortune, and many eventually come to the realization that they must change their lifestyles to preserve their music, if not their very existence. Jimmy Mack is no exception.

In 1988 Jimmy realized he couldn’t continue on the “Rock Star Lifestyle” path and survive, moved out of his high-priced digs and headed for the serene beauty of Sedona, Arizona where he still resides today. That doesn’t mean however, that Jimmy has given up on his music - far from it - Jimmy is more prolific and his music more varied and sophisticated then ever.

The first steps of his musical journey began in Northern California in the middle 1960s, where as a teenager Jimmy was hurled into the boiling cauldron of creativity that was the San Francisco psychedelic scene. Jimmy, already an accomplished bassist at the age of 17, began jamming with many of the musical legends of the time, but found himself drawn more to the essential Americana roots of music, and by the early 1970s had established himself as a major force in the Blues, Soul and R&B genres.

In the 1970’s and early 80’s Jimmy performed and recorded with many artists. Jimmy toured nationally with Sly & The Family Stone (1974-76) and for four years toured nationally and internationally with Edwin Starr & Starrchild (1978-1982). With Starrchild, Jimmy recorded several albums and singles all of which charted. One of the many highlights of Jimmy’s early career was selling out Royal Albert Hall for two consecutive shows. In 1981 Jimmy performed with Kim Carnes for the rock video Draw of the Cards,  one of the first videos ever broadcast on MTV.

In 1982-83 Jimmy toured Japan with Hiroshi Takabo as a piano/bass duet performing jazz and blues with an international flavor. The tour traveled throughout Japan and was notable for selling out every single performance.

Jimmy returned to the States in 1983 and formed the Rock & Roll band Killing Time. Killing Time headlined the inaugural “Earth Day Festival” at U.C. Davis and for a time was a fixture throughout Northern California. While playing with Killing Time, Jimmy was asked by Lydia Pense and Cold Blood to perform a special engagement with Michael Shrieve and Pete and Coke Escovedo of Santana. Jimmy and Coke hit it off musically, and beginning in 1984 they hit the studio for a number of recording sessions featuring Coke’s original music. Jimmy and Coke continued to collaborate on recording and production, but the album was never completed due to Coke’s untimely passing in 1986.

In 1984 Jimmy joined forces with Christian and Soul music great Jon Gibson. Jimmy toured and recorded with Jon for four years, and during that time recorded the albums “On The Run” featuring Joe Satriani and “Change of Heart” featuring M.C.Hammer. Both of these records produced #1 hits on the CCM Charts. It was during a lackluster performance on the support tour for “Change of Heart” that M.C. Hammer yelled out to the audience ”I

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