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Jimmy Yeary

Jimmy Yeary was writing songs long before becoming the lead singer of the Grammy Award winning supergroup SHENANDOAH. These were years that saw Jimmy performing #1 hits like Mama Knows, Somewhere In the Vicinity of the Heart, and Sunday in the South.

Today, in Nashville and Los Angeles, one of the most common calls in the music industry is from an artist’s representative to Sony Publishing requesting availability on songs from Jimmy Yeary’s catalogue of music.

It’s not surprising. Jimmy has written more than two-thousand songs, many of which have been featured on albums selling millions of copies–Grammy winners, gold and platinum awards among them. Nine of Jimmy’s songs have been certified “Number 1” hits as singles by Billboard Magazine.

Recently, both the CMA and ACM awarded Jimmy Yeary with “Song of the Year” for I Drive Your Truck–the inspiring song he wrote about the father of a fallen soldier and how he continues to remember his son. Jimmy’s most recent Number 1 was Everything’s Gonna Be Alright, a song he wrote for Kenny Chesney and David Lee Murphy.

Now, Jimmy has written and recorded two very special songs just for Wisdom Harbour.

Jimmy Yeary

Jimmy Yeary was writing songs long before becoming the lead singer of the Grammy Award winning supergroup SHENANDOAH. These were years that saw Jimmy performing #1 hits like Mama Knows, Somewhere In the Vicinity of the Heart, and Sunday in the South.

Today, in Nashville and Los Angeles, one of the most common calls in the music industry is from an artist’s representative to Sony Publishing requesting availability on songs from Jimmy Yeary’s catalogue of music.

It’s not surprising. Jimmy has written more than two-thousand songs, many of which have been featured on albums selling millions of copies—Grammy winners, gold and platinum awards among them. Nine of Jimmy’s songs have been certified “Number 1” hits as singles by Billboard Magazine.

Recently, both the CMA and ACM awarded Jimmy Yeary with “Song of the Year” for I Drive Your Truck–the inspiring song he wrote about the father of a fallen soldier and how he continues to remember his son. Jimmy’s most recent Number 1 was Everything’s Gonna Be Alright, a song he wrote for Kenny Chesney and David Lee Murphy.

Now, Jimmy has written and recorded two very special songs just for Wisdom Harbour.

You Are Not Alone

The day this song was written, Jimmy Yeary had received a call from a family member who admitted she was suffering through a dark time.  She was not only deeply depressed, but ashamed to tell anyone. “I just feel so isolated,” she told Jimmy, and added, “It’s as if I’ve been abandoned.”

After their conversation, Jimmy thought about the times he’d felt the same way.  He had come to believe that life’s toughest moments were infinitely worse when faced without the comfort of another. The perspective available to everyone, Jimmy decided, was to choose the understanding stated in the title of this song.   

Can’t Leave It Behind

Jimmy was raised in a little town named Hillsboro, Ohio.  One particular morning, he was really homesick and wishing he could–at least for a moment–return to the place he’d grown up.  The more he thought about it, the more it became clear that he had never really left at all. He realized that even today, when he goes fishing, he remembers being a young boy at Rocky Fork Lake, about 10 minutes from his childhood home…

“I see the pier lights,” Jimmy says.  “I smell the kerosene lantern. I feel the wax paper coming off of the bologna and cheese sandwich that my father made. Whenever I cross a small, lonely bridge, I can’t help but remember the countless hours swimming in the creek below the bridge near our house.”

Jimmy was quiet for a minute before concluding, “You know, you can drive as far away as you want, but when it’s all said and done, you never really leave the place you grew up. Can’t Leave It Behind became an obvious title for this song.  Authentic emotion is a glorious songwriter.”

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