Jim Scott – Inspiring Ecology and Peace Through Song

Jim Scott’s music celebrates the earth.  His lyrical melodies and memorable verses invite everyone to get involved in the ideals he raises. “Jim brings a warmth and authenticity that reduces any size audience to an intimate gathering.” (Eugene OR Register Guard).  His guitar skill and enchanting manner led folk legend Pete Seeger to call him “Some kind of a magician.” Long time guitarist for Paul Winter Consort, Jim was co-composer of their renowned Missa Gaia/Earth Mass.  Paul Winter said of his collaborator, “His music sings of the life spirit.”  

Jim’s recorded 9 albums and published a guitar instruction book along with a growing catalog of choral music used by schools, churches and community choirs around the world. Jim is a sought-after guest performer and thought leader at progressive churches. His much loved, Gather the Spirit and other songs are included in the Unitarian Universalist Hymnbooks.  He was one of the original creators of the Green Sanctuary program to make churches more eologically sustainable. Jim collected and arranged the Earth and Spirit Songbook, an anthology of 110 songs of earth and ecology from many contemporary composers.  A graduate of the Eastman School of Music and Berklee College of Music, Jim is an enthusiastic educator.  He has been Artist-in-Residence or visiting faculty at colleges and led workshops in Improvisation, Guitar and Songwriting in schools and community centers.