Jim Kerr

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Jim Kerr
Jim Kerr - Simple Minds.jpg
Kerr performing with Simple Minds in Buesum (2009).
Background information
Birth name James Kerr
Born (1959-07-09) 9 July 1959 (age 62)
Origin Glasgow, Scotland
Genres Rock, folk, punk rock, post-punk, new wave, pop rock, alternative rock
Occupation(s) Singer-songwriter
Instruments Vocals, guitar, dobro, keyboard, percussion, harmonica
Years active 1977–present
Associated acts Simple Minds
Website SimpleMinds.com

James "Jim" Kerr (born 9 July 1959) is a Scottish musician and singer-songwriter, best known as lead singer of the rock band Simple Minds, who achieved five UK No. 1 albums and a No. 1 single "Ballad of the Streets EP".[1] He released his first solo album, Lostboy! AKA Jim Kerr, on 27 May 2010. Kerr's voice has been described as "David Bowie's rich baritone melded with Bryan Ferry's velvety croon".[2]

Early life and Simple Minds work

Born in Toryglen, Glasgow with Irish ancestry, [3] Kerr attended Holyrood R.C. Secondary School there. In 1977, he was one of the founding members of the 6-piece punk rock band Johnny and the Self Abusers. Calling himself Pripton Weird, he played keyboards and shared vocals with John Milarky. Allan McNeill was also involved with the band, and went on to be the manager of the Pop band Hue and Cry. The band lasted 8 months, during which time Kerr emerged as one of the main songwriters. In November 1977 they changed their name to Simple Minds, quickly reduced to 4 members, then increased to 5, then 6, then back to 5 before a period of stability ensued.[4]

He continues to record and tour with Simple Minds, who released their latest album Big Music in October 2014. He currently lives in Taormina, Sicily, where he runs a hotel, Villa Angela.[5]

Three UK club dates in the spring of 2010 featured both new material and Simple Minds' back catalogue and a full European tour followed.[6]

Solo career

Lostboy! AKA Jim Kerr (2010–present)

"Shadowland" was released as the first single from the album. The album version of the song was made available to listen as an audio stream on 13 March 2010. A new remix, more suitable for radio airplay, was done by Cenzo Townshend whom Jim Kerr chose because of Townshends's previous work with Simple Minds' latest album Graffiti Soul.[7] A promotional single with the new radio mixes of the song was shipped to radio stations on 4 April 2010.[8][9]
"Shadowland" was originally meant to be released as a commercial physical release, but it was eventually only released as a download single on 9 May 2010. The three tracks on the download single were the same three tracks previously available on the "Shadowland" radio promo single.[7]

The album version of "Refugee" was premiered on Billy Sloan's show on 7 March 2010. A week later, the full album version of "Refugee" was made available as a download from the initial www.lostboyaka.com website.[10] On 13 April 2010 "Refugee" was released as the lead track of the Welcome Gift 1 free download twin pack which was released as part of the main website launch of www.lostboyaka.com.[11] In addition to the previously released album version of "Refugee", the free download twin pack included the track "What Goes On" (Scary Monsters Mix), which was exclusive to this release. The package also included the artwork and a text file requesting that the tracks not be uploaded to any other site.[11]

"She Fell in Love With Silence" was released as a single on 15 August 2010. The single was released in both digital and physical formats.[12][13]

Jim Kerr released his first solo album Lostboy! AKA Jim Kerr on 17 May 2010 under the name "Lostboy! AKA". Explaining the project name and ethos, he commented "I didn’t want to start a new band. I like my band (laughs)...and I didn’t want a point blank Jim Kerr solo album either."[1][14]

The first Lostboy! AKA 10-date (European) tour occurred from 18 to 31 May 2010. In August 2010, Lostboy! AKA embarked on a 12-date "Electroset Radio" tour for various European/UK radio stations but the band played only 4 dates (3 in Germany and 1 in Spain). A third Lostboy AKA! tour, a new 25-date "Electroset" (European) one (featuring Simon Hayward and Sarah Brown) was scheduled from 18 October to 3 December 2010 but the band played only 9 shows till the rest of the tour was cancelled after the performance on 13 November 2010 in Dublin, Ireland because of Jim's mother Irene who had become ill with a recurrence of cancer.[15]

The second Lostboy! album, The Return Of The Lostboy!, was first mentioned by Jim Kerr in February 2010 during the post-production work on the first album. Jim Kerr wrote, demoed or recorded up to 25 songs for the new album. Its release was planned after Simple Minds' 2013 world tour but was indefinitely postponed.[16]

Other work

Kerr helped organise a 90th birthday party for Nelson Mandela at Hyde Park, London on 27 June 2008.[citation needed] The event came 20 years after Kerr and Simple Minds played a role (releasing the single Mandela Day amongst other activities) in the 70th birthday concert at Wembley Stadium, which was held to demand Mandela's release. Mandela attended the 2008 event in person.

Personal life

Kerr was married to Chrissie Hynde, lead singer of The Pretenders, in 1984 (divorced, 1990).[17] They had one daughter, Yasmin.[18] He was subsequently married to actress Patsy Kensit in 1992 (divorced 1996) with whom he had a son, James (born September 1993).

Jim Kerr is a Celtic FC fan and active supporter of the club.[19]


Solo albums

Solo singles


  1. 1.0 1.1 Official Charts Five number one albums and number one single (retrieved 19 August 2007)
  2. Sutton, Michael. "Jim Kerr". AllMusic. Retrieved 21 March 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. http://www.mcapozzolijr.com/simpleminds.html
  4. "Dream Giver Redux | welcome". Simpleminds.org. Retrieved 1 September 2011.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  5. Villa Angela: a dream come true (retrieved 10 November 2012)
  6. "Lostboy! AKA: Simple Minds' Jim Kerr preps debut solo album, sets U.K. club dates". Slicing Up Eyeballs. Retrieved 21 March 2010.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  7. 7.0 7.1 dream giver redux | discography | lostboy! aka: downloads | shadowland
  8. dream giver redux | discography | lostboy! aka: downloads | shadowland (promo)
  9. Lostboy! A.K.A Jim Kerr - Shadowland (Radio Single - For Promotional Use Only
  10. dream giver redux | discography | lostboy! aka: downloads | refugee
  11. 11.0 11.1 dream giver redux | discography | lostboy! aka jim kerr downloads | welcome gift 1 (refugee)
  12. dream giver redux | discography | lostboy! aka jim kerr singles | she fell in love with silence download
  13. dream giver redux | discography | lostboy! aka jim kerr singles | she fell in love with silence
  14. "pennyblackmusic.co.uk". pennyblackmusic.co.uk. Retrieved 1 September 2011.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  15. "Dream Giver Redux / Tours / Lostboy! AKA Electroset Tour". simpleminds.org. Retrieved 1 September 2011.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  16. Dream Giver Redux / The Return Of The Lostboy!: information
  17. "Chrissie Hynde Marries Colombian Artist". Lewiston Morning Tribune. 18 July 1997. Retrieved 13 July 2011.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  18. "Homegrown Heroes". Cleveland.com. The Plain Dealer. Retrieved 13 July 2011.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  19. "Keep Celtic alive and kicking: Kerr". BBC News. 25 May 1998.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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