Jim Scott is a guitarist, singer and prolific composer of songs that celebrate peace, justice and the earth. One of a rare group of artists who transcend the usual stylistic boundaries, Jim has combined his background in classical composition, virtuoso guitar and his experience with some of the great names in jazz and world folk music to forge a manner all his own.
From his work with the Paul Winter Consort where he co-wrote the celebrated Missa Gaia - Earth Mass and many other pieces, Jim has gone on to create an extensive body of work, recording 7 albums of original music, and creating “The Earth and Spirit Songbook,” an anthology of 110 songs of earth and peace by many contemporary songwriters plus some of his own. Jim’s songs, poetry and short stories address issues of ecology, justice and peace with insight and gentle wit. For all his varied professional background, it is Jim's lyrical songs that remain his greatest offering. He transforms any size audience into an intimate gathering with a guitar skill and disarming presence that inspires and educates.
From songs and choral music to soundtracks for documentaries and the PBS series Body and Soul, Jim has made music with a depth of artistry and craft that separates his art from that of many other singer songwriters. His musical “The Tree and Me” has been given full cast productions in Jamestown NY and Albion MI. A whole line of Jim's choral compositions and his book of guitar technique “All Scales in All Positions” are published by Hal Leonard Corp.
Jim helped to create the “Green Sanctuary” program and accompanying handbook for building an ecological/spiritual awareness in church congregations. He performs many benefit concerts and often appears at events, supporting environmental and peace causes with his music.