Award-Winning Music by
Jim Mayer a.k.a. "Uncle Jim"
Finding Joy and Wonder in Everyday Life.
- XM Nation Awards 2005: Best New Kids Artist
- #1 on XM KiDS Radio twice in 2004!
- Children's Music Web Award
- iParenting Media "Hot Product" Award
Jim Mayer, aka Uncle Jim, is an award-winning children's music performer who has been playing children's music since 2002. The term "Uncle Jim" is not a figurative one; Jim has twenty nieces and nephews and he knows what kids like!
Mayer's first children's CD, "Uncle Jim – Funky As A Diaper" (Mailboat Records) reached #1 on XM KiDS Radio (twice!) and is the recipient of an iParenting "Hot Product" Media Award and a Children's Music Web Award. All of the material on “Funky As A Diaper” has been child tested and some of the songs have even been co-written with Jim’s nieces and nephews. Joining Uncle Jim on "Funky" are former Arrested Development singer Nadirah Shakoor, Grammy award-winning saxophonist Jeff Coffin of Bela Fleck and the Flecktones, as well as fellow Coral Reefer band members, creating richly textured music that's designed for adults as well.
A quick peek behind the talent and creativity of Uncle Jim reveals why he was voted Best New XM Kids Artist in the XM Nation Awards 2005. Jim’s talent shines on both electric and upright acoustic bass, playing with performers ranging from jazz legend Mose Allison to James Taylor to Ringo Starr. As a member of Jimmy Buffett’s Coral Reefer Band since 1989, Mayer has been writing, recording and performing worldwide with Buffett.
In addition to appearing on numerous television shows, some of Mayer's career highlights have been: touring with and opening for The Moody Blues and Chicago as a member of PM (1989), performing as a Coral Reefer band member at President Clinton's Inauguration (1992) and President Clinton's White House Birthday Celebration (1995), performing with Joni Mitchell in a benefit for the New Orleans Homeless (1994), performing with Robert Greenidge, Michael Utley and Grammy winning artist Ralph MacDonald at the Trinidad-Tabago Jazz Festival (1996), and being featured on the XM Kids Rumpus Room Concert Series.
Mayer has played on over thirty studio recordings. Some recent recording credits include upcoming CD releases from Little Feat, JD Souther and Annie Sellick. And in his spare time, (spare time, what's that?) he's engineered and produced eleven CDs in addition to his own.
Jim resides in Nashville where he's working on completing his first DVD release “Let There Be Fun” – The Video. He loves dogs, climbing trees, and chunky peanut butter.
UNCLE JIM VIDEOS AND MUSIC