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J I M  C O L E
A troubadour of sorts--a man with a voice, a mellifluous voice that grips you and draws you through his heartfelt melodies; and a guitar, an instrument of cedar that he pulls to life with a slight of hand. The music of Jim Cole is made up of the Music that has moved Jim since the days of his youth, growing up in the small town of Lebanon, Ohio. “When I was fourteen, I purchased my first guitar at a paint, wallpaper, and musical instrument shop. As a kid, especially before my conversion to Christ, music was a way of dealing with a lot of internal turmoil” recalls Jim.

After his conversion to Christ in July of 1974, Jim began to use his music as a way to work through his newly found faith.

Today, that fusion of meaningful lyrics and irresistible melodies has carried Jim Cole into the heart of Contemporary Christian Music. Listeners have embraced his honest and unpretentious style, resulting in these top five radio singles: “Light Of The World,” “I Can Trust In You,” “Humble Yourself As A Child,” “He Is The One,” and “Shepherd Of All Who Wander”.

After releasing four albums and performing before thousands across the country, Jim continues to be astonished by the response his music receives. “It’s great to hear from people who have been touched by these songs. It’s great to know that the Lord is using this in ways I’m not even aware of.”

Jim’s fifth album is scheduled for release in 2003.

While Jim feels very fortunate to be a recording artist, his greatest challenge has nothing to do with music. “It has to do with being a committed follower of Christ. I feel as if I’m in a transition from admirer to disciple.”

This is the same challenge that faces many of us, and is an example of the kind of subject matter that goes into Jim Cole’s music. “I want to be as honest as I can about the things I’ve been through--the joys and sorrows, victories and defeats--and to use those experiences as a ‘well’ to draw from. Hopefully the songs that result from that kind of writing will be songs that mean something to others.” Those who know Jim Cole’s music have no doubt about that.