Jimmy Salvemini: Does that name sound Familiar?
If it does maybe it's because a big part of his story is currently featured in the first biography written about the Grammy Award winning Luther Vandross. It was during a performance of Star Search at the tender age of 14 that Vandross saw the raw talent and decided to invite Jimmy to one of his concerts at the Universal Amphitheater in Los Angeles. Upon the request of Vandross, Jimmy conveyed a heart felt performance which ignited Luther to set aside all projects to write and produce his new protege's debut album. In fact many favors were called on by Luther to assist in this venture. Such notable friends as Irene Cara, Phoebe Snow, Brebda Russell, Cheryl Lynn, and Pee Wee Herman just to name a few. Soon after Jimmy's brother (Larry) negotiated a $250,000 deal with Elektra Records. Things were Soaring for this young PHENOMENAL singer.
However, on January 12, 1986 the day after completing the last song for the album, while on the way to the studio to celebrate what seemed to be the pinnacle of Jimmy's teenage career, the car driven by Luther Vandross swerved out of control and collided with two oncoming cars. Jimmy and Luther were rushed to Cedar Sinai Medical, while Larry was rushed to the trauma center where he would lay on an operating table fighting for his life. Larry's wounds proved to be too severe to survive the accident. Jimmy was still in intensive care battling to recover. In light of the circumstances the record company decided that it would be nearly impossible to launch a potential teen heartthrob out of such horrific circumstance. Later, Jimmy was able to return back to Long Island to escape the crowd and take the time to reflect on all that had transpired in his life. It took a long time before Jimmy wanted to sing again but once he discovered that God's plan was to make his dream reality, he stated "it was no stopping me now."
Today, a few things are certain about Jimmy; he has a unique voice that captures your heart and soul. The soulful sound of Jimmy Salvemini can be loved by all ages. When he's not touring or in the studio he can be found in New York City's hottest and finest Open Mic venues, such as the Village Underground, Club Decade, Jimmy's Cafe Whay, Grooves, and Nells. At these hot spots Jimmy has proven that his voice can bring joyful entertainment to all ethnicities. While inspired by Eric Clapton and Marvin Gaye, only Jimmy's music can illustrate such a personal journey of this wonderful young mans life story.