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Jimi Yamagishi on Swoop's World Radio Primetime

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His current release, “Talkstory”, derives it’s title from the Hawaiian phrase for hangin’ out with friends, sharing life & enjoying the moment. This is what this collection of songs is all about, from his first inspirations in “Guitarpickin’ Preacher” to his thoughts about the passing of time in the title cut. Jimi speaks from a deeper place, painting stories with words & music, in a unique style that is all his own.

Jimi tends to see the world in lyrical terms, & writes songs that are almost conversational in thought, easy & comfortable to listen to.

Born & raised in East Los Angeles, his cross-cultural influences from teriyaki to tortillas gave him a broader perspective & appreciation for the world around him.

As a child, the radio was always on at home, with orchestrated pop from the likes of Andre Kostelanetz & children’s music from old 45’s filling the rooms. A neighbor’s bossa nova record, & the emergence of the folk movement in the 60’s broadened his appreciation for other kinds of music, & after an epiphany in 1970, he began playing guitar & singing at church.

Jimi is a songwriter advocate, journalist, motivational speaker & someone who knows the importance of knowing people for who they are, not for what they can do for you. In this day & age of virtual reality,

With decades in music on both sides of the glass, Jimi Yamagishi understands what it means to be a songwriter & artist, along with the realities of owning an independent record label as well.