Don’t let the name fool you—this is no novelty act!
The music of Ukulele Jim combines the soulfulness of James Taylor with the pop sensibilities of Jack Johnson. Stylistically he has also been compared to Paul Simon and Chris Isaak, but where Jim’s talent really shines is in his ability to seamlessly weave together sensitive, melancholic lyrics with upbeat feel and tempo. The unique combination of bright, fun ukulele and somber, self-reflective themes make for a dynamic listening experience that he has truly made his own.
As a self-taught musician, Jim has been playing and writing music since 2004. He picked up the ukulele when he found out his wife was pregnant with twins. As someone who yearned to be brought up in a musical household, Jim took it upon himself to make that dream a reality for his own children and ensure they would grow up in a home that was always full of music. The ukulele was a natural choice for its uplifting qualities. It’s now safe to say that music has become a cornerstone in their lives, and as a result it has brought joy and purpose to his.
From his home studio in Santa Barbara, Ukulele Jim uses the convenience of the Internet to work with talented musicians from all over the world, creating a virtual group free from geographical boundaries. This collaborative freedom allows Jim to switch styles between acoustic solo pieces to songs with a full band sound.
Jim has amassed a rather large body of albums, EPs and singles, which can all be found at www.ukulelejim.com. Today, he is currently chipping away at a new passion project: a second album of children’s music which he plans to release in 2018 as a follow up to the widely popular record Ukulele Jim’s Jumping Flea Circus.
Ukulele Jim’s sound encompasses everything that is wholesome about the Americana genre and has been described as “Cali folk with an island vibe.” The combination of his lilting voice with the sweetness of the ukulele result in infectiously catchy singalong tracks that bridge the gaps between pop, rock, country and folk music.
“Jim’s songs are utterly charming, with lyrics that are clever, funny and, above all, sweet.” — John O’Hara, Call It Folk Music
“There is no doubt that Jim is a special musician with a lot of offer. His breezy tunes combined with lyrics that range from humorous to personal keep you hanging on and waiting for the next song. I wonder if he is really pushing the envelope enough since the songs seem so effortless and almost perfect.” — Radio Maverick
“Central to Clark’s appeal is his inviting singing voice and the ukulele’s unique ability to create a friendly, relaxing mood anywhere, anytime… a winning formula.” —Hyberbolium
“Catchy, sweet, and charming… In a sense, listening to Ukulele Jim is like falling in and out of love in Hawaii. A dynamic album, illustrating raw emotion and presenting it in a light-hearted, easy-listening fashion. A deep, romantic undertone is suggested throughout the entire album, but the playful ukelele pop creates a musical juxtaposition that keeps listeners from feeling burdened.” — Ok Gina, The Band Lounge
“Jim’s voice has nice tone and excellent control. Really catchy, great melody, great production… Ukulele Jim has done it again.” — Mickey Maguire, Ukulele Player Magazine