Born in Rigside, Lanarkshire, Scotland. Jimis first Rock band was in 1978, singing mainly Rush & Deep Purple songs & so his passion for ‘Classic Rock’ had begun. The next few years brought many hours of practise & to Paul Rodgers, David Coverdale & Ronnie James Dio for inspiration.
He began writing songs and formed the rock band Sahara whilst spending any spare time attending a gazzillion gigs at the Legendary ‘Glasgow Apollo’ till it closed in 1985. Various incarnations of the band ensued including a name change to “The Hardline” until they were picked up by Wet Wet Wet’s manager Elliott Davis and offered a management contract on the strength of a demo tape.
Showcasing his phenomenal voice, five years of recording demo’s, touring, notable sell out gigs at Glasgow’s King Tut’s, London’s ‘Borderline Club’ and a support to Wet Wet Wet in front of 30,000 people at Glasgow Green. Jimi continued writing, performing and recording, appearing on Michael Barrymore’s shows ‘ My Kind of People’ & ‘Barrymore’ in 1997/98 and went on to sing at concerts & festivals in Romania, Turkey and Holland. Living now in York, Jimi has continued writing.
The vocalist moved on to spend two years as lead vocalist with Tribute Band ‘A Foreigners Journey ‘ he toured extensively in the UK and Rhodes. Meeting new friends along the way, and his voice just got better and better so a decision was made to leave “A Foreigners Journey” and the next adventure started. His latest project is a tribute to great American Melodic Rock with some great musicians and friends “Legends of AOR” debut gig was in Spain in front of a crowd of Rhodes Rockers, safe to say it was so emotional that tears were shed.
After recently recording an album of original songs at FML studios in Scotland with Sandy Jones and Greame Duffin he is now starting a new challenge to take his music on the road, and so the Jimi Anderson Group was born. The new album Longtime Comin is fusion of Classic Melodic Rock and AOR, and the original tunes showcase Jimis voice perfectly.
Line-up: Jimi Anderson (vocals),Sandy Jones (bass, guitars, drums), Greame Duffin (lead guitars)