2017 began with a bang when Jim was called and asked to create and conduct two events for the 58th Presidential Inauguration. Jim delivered two outstanding shows. The first was an invitation only candlelight dinner for then President-Elect Trump and Vice President-Elect Pence at Union Station with guest vocalist, Jackie Evancho. Secondly, after the inauguration Jim led the orchestra in 2 hours of celebration and dance with guest artists Sam Moore, Pelican 213 and Erin Boheme. Immediately upon landing back in Nashville Jim began the process of composing 12 cues for the License Lab of music to be used in Asian television commercials overseas.
After a rush of a start to 2017, Jim made his debut as orchestrator for the Nashville ballet with world premiere of the Seven Deadly Sins ballet, with music composed by the Nashville-based music collective Ten Out of Tenn.
Jim also wrote an arrangement on the Nashville Symphony Sensory Concert for artist Logan Wade. The remainder of 2017 kept Jim busy with a number of fun projects. Jim had his big band back in the studio with legendary producer Keith Thomas, recording a single called “Won’t” for Kaylee Bergin. He also created string orchestrations for Lucia Parker and Ricardo Sanchez, recorded at The Castle Studios in Franklin, TN. Next up, were piano and strings recordings for Canadian gospel artist Marquelle Piers, in collaboration with Grammy winning producer and engineer, Danny Duncan.
Jim had the opportunity to conduct some soundtrack recordings for a mobile game called “Dots & Co,” part of an award-winning game series on Apple and Android platforms. He is pictured here at Ocean Way Nashville conducting the orchestra with composer Ross Warner.
With the holiday season approaching, Jim orchestrated Bernie Herm’s arrangement of “Happy Xmas (War Is Over)” for Josh Groban’s album, Noël, and conducted the orchestra for Andrew Ryan’s Christmas album, “No Season Apart.”
Rounding out the year, Jim flew to San Diego to hear live recordings of 4 orchestrations he wrote for Japanese musician, Kento Masuda, conducted by Enrico Lopez-Yanez.