1938 - Jim Muir was born on
the 23rd March at
New South Wales,
1940s - His family moved to
and Jim was to grow up there. He loved the beach,
and turned into a pretty good swimmer, becoming a member of the
Surf Life Saving Clubs of Wollongong and North Wollongong.
Music always was an integral
part of the Muirs' lifestyles. His father, Jim
Senior, could play almost anything from a saw to an organ, but
mostly played the banjo, while Jim's mum, Dorothy, also had a
way with a song. His brother Ron was taught the
saxophone, and Jim, the piano. Many an enjoyable
night was spent singing around the family piano, and it was
during these wonderful family evenings that his dad taught Jim
to harmonise. Jim started to play the banjo and
ukulele to accompany himself while playing for the boys and
girls in Open Air Sunday School. He eventually
graduated to a guitar, and has not been without one since!
1959 - Jim married Lyn on 14th
November and they have three children, a girl and two boys, and
are now the typical proud grandparents.
With his easy to listen to, laid
back style, "country" was the most natural form of music for Jim
to adopt. As well, he felt it was a good way to get
a message across, so country music became part of Jim's
Christian ministry. In addition to musical abilities
he is a talented ventriloquist with two life sized dolls named
Charlie and Andy which he uses in his ministry to children. When
preaching, Jim often uses a sketchboard and paints to illustrate
what he is saying.
Jim's life is a very busy one.
He spends a large part of his year touring outside of
He regularly visits the
and has appeared on the Grand Ole Opry in
with American country music stars Jeannie C Riley, George
Hamilton IV, Dallas Frazier and Paul Overstreet in the "Sunday
Morning Country" program.
1990, Jim and Lyn toured the
Republic of Ireland, and because of the tremendous influence
that Ireland has had on country music, he was very well received
wherever he performed. Some of his major venues there were in
In the same year, Jim toured
in the West Indies.
The West Indians really appreciated his music and "meeting"
Charlie, the dummy.
His frenetic schedule has
recently taken him from
and while in
during the famous annual "Calgary Stampede", Jim performed his
special brand of country gospel music at the Stampede Breakfast
When Jim comes home from his
overseas ministry, he doesn't have much time to "put his feet
up!" He tours extensively through the eastern states
of Australia, taking part in the larger festivals of Roma,
Charters Towers and Gympie, and, of course, the largest
Australian Country Music gathering of them all, in Tamworth.
In the early '80s, Jim was several times an invited guest at the
Queensland C. M. Awards, where he sang before several thousand
enthusiastic country music fans. The Pavilion of
Promise at Expo '88 invited Jim to be one of the regular
performers, and this was another great opportunity for his
talents to be shared by an international audience.
In recent years, Jim has
appeared in the TV Specials: "Jim Muir's Country Gospel" and
"Lord Let Me Leave a Song." These programs were
produced by the Queensland Christian Television Association.
He had a regular weekly radio
program called "Jim Muir's Country" which went to air from
Family Radio 4EB, Brisbane and 4YOU Rockhampton, and he journeys
to Tamworth, to lovingly record tapes and CDs of the types of
songs he believes will enrich and bless. Jim
believes that because there are so many negative attitudes
saturating many of today's lyrics, he should sing about the
positive things of life: God, Family, True Love and beauty.
His first love is Country Gospel Music, but he performs many of
the quality standard country songs like "Cool Water", "Ghost
Riders in the Sky", "I Walk the Line" and "You are My Sunshine".
As a result, Jim Muir concerts are good, wholesome family
entertainment. Jim is not a man prepared to
compromise his standards. His sincerely obliging
nature and professionalism have gained him the respect of his
peers within the music industry.
2008 – Inducted into the Hands