Jim Peterik is a survivor. Those words were prophetically spoken first on the back of his first solo album “Don’t Fight The Feeling” back in the seventies. In the decades since, Jim has lived up to that term. Jim’s “home base” has always been The Ides Of March, where Jim wrote and sang the evergreen hit Vehicle. But in the seventies, Jim combined his love for melody with driving rock and started the band Survivor. Their phenomenal rise to the top was borne on the back of the amazing songs that Jim co-wrote. The Eye Of The Tiger from the film Rocky III, has become an indelible classic, and garnered Jim GrammyTM and People’s Choice awards; as well as an OscarTM nomination.
Other Billboard chart-toppers followed: The Search Is Over, High On You, and I Can’t Hold Back. Further hits from films followed, too. Burning Heart from Rocky IV topped the charts; and Jim co-wrote the theme of the seminal animation hit Heavy Metal with Sammy Hagar. A long lasting and fruitful relationship started in 1980 between Jim and the southern-rock group .38 Special. Jim co-wrote their platinum hits Hold On Loosely, Caught Up In You, Wild-Eyed Southern Boys, Fantasy Girl, and Rockin’ Into The Night.
Their collaboration continues to this day. Jim has also written with the beloved Lynyrd Skynyrd. The turn of the century saw the genesis of World Stage, an ongoing project that brings together Jim and artists that he has a history with as either co-writer or touring for live shows and recordings. The World Stage shows have also showcased New Talent that Jim mentors. Jim Peterik has never lost his verve for the style of music that he helped forge, namely melodic rock. His group Pride Of Lions tours the European continent regularly, and their albums and DVDs are best sellers. A new POL CD is due later in 2012. Expanding (but not too far) from the musical realm in 2002, Jim co-authored Songwriting For Dummies This book distilled a lifetime of successful songwriting into simple language, and shed light on some of the arcane wisdom of writing songs.
In the years since the Book has achieved “Best Seller” status and has recently gone into it’s second printing, with a major update. Jim is now undertaking master classes at Arts centers across the country. Jim’s latest passion has been a move into the “Smooth Jazz” realm. A surprising direction for a dedicated rocker, but not so surprising, when you remember the rich melodies that have always been Jim’s calling card. Jim Peterik’s Lifeforce has released two albums acclaimed by the press and public. Jim has also taken vocalist Lisa McClowry under his wing as producer and co-writer, Her latest CD “Lisa McClowry Sings Acoustic Alchemy” is enjoying a wide success, garnering nationwide airplay, and fine reviews.