singer songwriter JVA
Hi. I’m Jim Walker
I was born in Los Angeles, where I performed with several bands before forming the schizophrenic pop group, Lost Anthony, which existed in the late 80’s.
I had a nice bit of good luck when my friend, Phil Joanou (director - U2: RATTLE AND HUM, GRIDIRON GANG), asked me to write a song for his first feature film, Universal Picture’s THREE O’CLOCK HIGH. My song SOMETHING TO REMEMBER ME BY (produced by legendary session drummer/producer Rick Marotta) was featured throughout the film. Great flick too!
I spent the next few years working with Rick Marotta, writing songs and doing music for film and television. During this time we scored the films COVER GIRL MURDERS and DEAD AIR, plus episodes of HBO’S - TALES FROM THE CRYPT and Fox’s - DOWN THE SHORE.
I also wrote the song, IN MY ARMS, for the creepy horror film, MIRROR MIRROR.
After brief signings with RCA and Geffen Records, I moved to Portland, Oregon where I scored the film REDLINE, had songs featured in the films BREATHLESS, LURKERS, and FLOATER, and also had several songs placed in the daytime dramas, THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS, and GENERAL HOSPITAL.
One of the first people I met here in Portland was the uber-talented musician Tim Ellis.
We started working together as the mighty acoustic power-duo, Tim & Jim.
Tim and I also worked with violinist, Aaron Meyer, scoring the modern dance project ETHOS in the early 2000’s.
We also opened for Crash Test Dummies, Loverboy, The Temptations, The Four Tops, Little Feat, Karla Bonoff, Boz Scaggs, Warren Zevon and many, many others.
Though the duo is now defunct, Tim and I played between 150-175 shows every year between 1994 and 2014. I’ve spent a lot of time on stage with that gentleman, and I’m very proud of the work we did together.
Tim Ellis RIP: 2.15.1956 - 3.21.2016
I’ve released over 50 albums of original music under the name JVA on my own independent label JVAMUSIC including my latest album, DOLL HOUSE.
The album, released in May of 2020, is available at the MUSIC STORE with all other JVA releases.