Percussion teacher in Tampa. 22 students...ages 8 to 60. Primarily beginner lessons.
Jim Chambers has been involved in all facets of the music business for 20 years. Jim's career started in the mail room of Sky Records. Chambers worked in the mail room for 5 days before Amy Ray of the Indigo Girls (co-owner of Sky/Daemon) discovered he could actively speak "music biz." Chambers worked with the regional bands Flat Duo Jets, Lava Love, Insane Jane, 58, Pylon, and the Swans.
In 1992 Sony/BMG recruited Chambers as a product development executive for all SONY/BMG's alternative roster. Jim worked with the musical acts TOOL, DAVE MATHEWS, Mathew Sweet, Outkast, Fishbone, TLC, Usher and many others. Chamber's moved to New York City in early 1996 where he was recruited to serve as National Director of Sales for Hybrid Records working with artists Guster, Mike Errico, Art Garfunkel, and Morcheba. In addition to overseeing all Hybrid's global sales and marketing initiatives, Chambers opened Hybrid Recording's direct to consumer sales division selling NASCAR recordings, IFC, and Broadway PBS recordings directly to consumers via mail order and cable advertising. This was a relatively new concept for record labels that paved the way for competitors to follow.
After a 7 year stint at Hybrid/Sire, Chambers was appointed V.P of Sales for Octone Records. Octone was a new start up label that had one act on the label named Maroon 5. Chambers was a key player in the development of Maroon 5 garnering him 2 Grammys — Best New Artist --&-- Best Pop Performance by A Duo or Group With Vocals. Chambers also worked with Octone Record's artist Flyleaf. Chambers opened a new distribution channel for Octone and Flyleaf called the CBA (Christian Bookstore Association). Chambers efforts within the CBA established Flyleaf as a premier hard rock act and garnered the band several prestigious awards including favorite Music Video (MTV), and Best Pop Song issued by BMI.
Leaving Octone Chamber's did a brief stint as consult for Vh1 working within the consumer marketing department. Chambers worked with Vh1's on air talent to provide programming for Airlines, Resorts and Amusement parks like Six Flags and Lego Land. Chambers was instrumental in cross marketing the on air program " love the Eighties" with big box retailers like Best Buy.
Chambers left Vh1 and was quickly hired as GM of Warcon Records. Chambers oversaw all global marketing and sales initiatives for Warcon and implemented many horizontal and vertical marketing campaigns with Fortune 100 and 500 companies.
Chambers discovered the band Care Bears on Fire. He co-managed the band for two years and was critical in the success of the band.
In 2009 Jim Chambers was appointed Global director A&R Department for Redeye distribution. Chambers was instrumental in acquiring the record labels Kill Rock Stars, Sargent House and Hydra Head Records. In 2009 Chambers signed Loudon Wainwright III to Redeye Distribution. Mr. Wainwright won a Grammy for High Wide & Handsome: The Charlie Poole Project (2009) in January 2010, garnering Chambers' 3rd Grammy.