Music has moved Jim since the days of his youth, growing up in the small town of Lebanon, Ohio. "When I was fourteen, I purchased my first guitar at a paint, wallpaper, and musical instruments shop. As a kid, especially before my conversion to Christ, music was a way of dealing with a lot of internal turmoil."After his conversion to Christ in July of 1974, Jim began to use his music as a way to work through his newly found faith.Today, that fusion of meaningful lyrics and irresistible melodies has carried Jim Cole into the heart of contemporary Christian music. Listeners have embraced his honest and unpretentious style, resulting in top radio singles, including: "Light of the World," "I Can Trust in You," "Humble Yourself as a Child," "He is the One," and "Shepherd of all Who Wander."While Jim feels very fortunate to be a recording artist, his greatest challenge encompasses more than his music. "It has to do with being a committed follower of Christ. I feel as though I am in a transition from admirer to disciple."This is the same challenge that faces many of us, and is part of the essence of Jim Cole's music. "I want to be as honest as I can about the things I've been through - the joys and sorrows, victories and defeats - and to use those experiences as a well to draw from. Hopefully, the songs that result from that kind of writing will be songs that mean something to others." Those who know Jim Cole's music have no doubt about that.