Jim Brickman, a musician who has released eight Christmas albums since 1997, is making a stop in Springfield for his holiday tour, “A Christmas Celebration.”
Brickman, known for his romantic piano sound, said Christmas hymns naturally lend themselves to his style of music.
“The nature of the music is so melodic and romantic,” he said. “It seems like a perfect compliment.”
After years of performing hymns like “Silent Night,” and his own original pieces, Brickman said people have come to expect Christmas music from him this time of year.
Brickman released two new albums this month, including a Christmas album, “All is Calm,” and a romantic album, “Romanza.”
For people who haven’t seen his show before, Brickman said it won’t be a “piano recital,” and isn’t comprised entirely of Christmas music.
“When people come to see me, I give them a great variety show,” he said. “Half of the show is Christmas music, and the other half is made up of other songs.”
Special guests are featured on the tour, including Anne Cochran, Tracy Silverman and Ben Utecht, a recording artist and former tight end for the Indianapolis Colts, with whom he won the 2006 Super Bowl.
Brickman started out writing jingles for television commercials, but he said once he realized there was a market for his writing style he wanted to make his own records.
“I wrote jingles for many years, and it was a lot of fun, but I felt like I had something more to say with my music than writing songs about cat food,” he said jokingly.
Brickman has six gold and platinum albums and nominations for two Grammy awards.
With his albums, he holds four of the top 10 spots on Billboard’s New Age Chart.