Jimi was the lead singer for Survivor. You know, “Eye of the Tiger.” But he didn’t sing that song. Jimi stepped in to replace the original singer, and did he ever! Just take a fresh listen to some of Jamison’s hits, “I Can’t Hold Back,” “High on You” and “The Search is Over” just to list a few.
This guy was amazing. Want to know the best part? He was amazing up to the very end. When he died suddenly of a heart attack at age 63 he was still writing, still recording and still singing. That voice was as powerful, emotional and engaging as ever.
It wasn’t enough for this member of Survivor to merely survive, Jimi always fought to thrive. He clearly understood that life was a gift, and he wanted to live it. His heart was even larger than his voice, not just contributing to, but working with a number of charities including St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and the Animal Rescue Foundation.
But oh, that voice! It was something that Jimi, who was humble and appreciative his whole life, never took for granted. It’s why at age 63 he sounded just as strong as ever. He was really excited about his latest work and felt he still had a lot left to contribute.
Even though his death was quite unexpected, it turns out that he did leave a compelling message for us in his final solo album. It also happens to be an album that’s all about Growing Bolder.
It’s called “Never Too Late,” something Jamison always believed. He had just performed with Survivor the night before he died, and was just two weeks away from leaving on yet another tour. He loved being on the road, being on stage, and making a difference in people’s lives.
When “Never Too Late” was first released one of Jimi’s friends, Julie Myers sent it to me. She thought it would be a great theme song for Growing Bolder. Take a listen and see what you think. At the very least, it’s the kind of song that will serve as his legacy, something he believed in very much. It’s his reminder to us all to live our lives to the fullest, and realize that until the very end, it truly is never too late.
Jimi, thank you for the incredible music, thanks for being such a positive influence and thanks for proving to us all that it is “Never Too Late.”
Julie was right. This song is all about Growing Bolder.
“It will be tough but don’t give up, even if it’s hurting. Can take you years, will cost you tears but it’s worth it in the end. Never too late, never too late to start.” – Jimi Jamison