Jim Brickman is bringing his 16th annual holiday tour back to Oklahoma this week, but he won't be performing a piano recital or even your typical concert.
“I've never had an opening act. ... It's music but it's not ‘this song and now this song.' Because there's no band, I think people get a different kind of vibe from it. It's more like going to a theater and not going to a concert per se,” he said during a phone interview from the road last week.
“I think of it like an old Andy Williams special: People come in and out and visit and sing songs and chat. ... To me it's nostalgic to have a very warm, invitation-type feel to it.”
The pianist/songwriter will return to Rose State Performing Arts Theatre Wednesday night with his “On a Winter's Night” Tour. Along with Brickman's signature solo piano performances, the show will feature singer-songwriter Luke McMaster, with whom he collaborated on the new single “Good Morning Beautiful,” as well as his longtime tourmates vocalist Anne Cochran and violinist Tracy Silverman.
“‘On a Winter's Night' is the tone of the entire experience. It evokes more of a warm, comfortable, community gathering type of tone,” Brickman said during a walk around Charlottesville, Va., before a show.
“It tends to be very familial and comfortable and very lighthearted. Lots of laughter,” he added. “It's really just fun and sweet and romantic and emotional and all the things that Christmas music is.”
The Grammy-nominated adult contemporary artist will incorporate both seasonal songs and his radio hits into the Christmas show.
“I think that Christmas music by nature is a complement to my style. The two sort of dovetail: emotional, romantic, simple, nostalgic, beautiful,” Brickman said.
His popular yuletide originals like “The Gift,” “Simple Things” and “Coming Home for Christmas” will be featured along with his interpretations of holiday classics like “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen,” “Joy to the World” and “Silent Night.”
“I'm a big fan of the hymns and carols,” he said. “To me, the hymns are the most stirring and emotional.”
The Cleveland native has sold more than 7 million records, released six gold- and platinum-selling albums, charted 30 adult radio hits and earned a Canadian Country Music Award and a Gospel Music Association Dove Award. In January, Brickman landed the top three spots on the top 10 of Billboard's New Age chart with his albums “Love,” “Romanza” and “All Is Calm.”