Jimmy Rankin has been playing since his early teens, when he joined his siblings in the internationally-acclaimed Rankin Family, from Mabou, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia. His first major composition, Fare Thee Well Love, was the title track of the group’s smash album from 1992, #1 on the AC charts, quintuple platinum, and in 2013 was voted the #1 East coast song of all time by CBC listeners. More hits followed through the 90’s, including North Country, You Feel The Same Way Too, and Movin’ On, all from Jimmy’s pen. The Rankins became international stars and ambassadors for Cape Breton’s Celtic sound, performing all over the world, teaming up for recording sessions with The Chieftains, and winning six Juno Awards.
By the end of the decade, the brothers and sisters decided it was time to concentrate on solo careers, and Jimmy’s started with a bang. 2001’s Song Dog saw his single Follow Her Around become a huge hit, winning the SOCAN Award for Single of the Year, and tear up the charts all over the radio dial. The hits have kept coming, with Midnight Angel, Morningbound Train, Butterfly, Slipping Away and Here In My Heart all becoming radio favourites.
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