Return to Romance
Bio For Jim Lionberger I am 48 years old, born in Lincoln Nebraska, but have lived the vast majority of my life in Texas. I've sang all of my life. Growing up I listened primarily to country music enjoying my favorite artist like Jim Reeves, Marty Robbins and Merle Haggard. I would often visit my Uncle and he would play his old 78 rpm records of Glen Miller, the Mills Brothers and other big band and swing tunes. While many of the other kids called it old fogy music, I found myself enjoying it and would go back by myself and listen to it. I found myself watching the Dean Martin Variety Show more for the music than for the Goldiggers. I spent many years playing my guitar and singing country music for anyone who wanted to hear me. I don't regret that, I love real country music, primarily the old songs. One high stress day at work, I found a 'Music of Your Life Station' and shortly after tuning in I found myself much more relaxed and at ease. A light bulb came on and I said to myself 'This is what music is supposed to be!' I began practicing on these songs and found that they fit my voice much better than the country music that I had been singing. I've been singing this type of music every since. I like the idea of singing music that people can understand the words to and I like the idea of bringing romance back to music if in only a small way. Besides just loving the old big band, standards and swing music, I consider myself quite patriotic. I realize that many of the folks we owe our freedom to (the people who fought and endured through World War II) are not being thanked nearly enough. As far as music goes, there are very few mainstream artists who are singing for these folks. This is my goal. If I can say thanks by singing the type of music that these folks remember and bring some enjoyment to them, than I'll consider myself successful. So for all you folks who risked your lives and for those who held down the home front, and for those who went through harder times than I've ever seen, my music is my way of saying thanks to you. In making my first CD, my goal was to sing the songs of the World War II era as close to the way they were intended to sound as possible. Some of the songs came out a little later than this time period and some maybe a little earlier. However, my listeners should remember them all. I included a hymn at the end because we should never forget who we ultimately owe our freedom and way of life to.