Jimmy White’s return to radio with the re-release of his holiday classic “I Wish You Peace” (WPM) has turned out to be a real winner. The single has been in the “most added” column from FMQB, New Music Weekly to National Radio Hits for the past four weeks and the chart numbers are staggering. He’s already closing in on the Top20 at FMQB, Top10 at National Radio Hits and at New Music Weekly on their AC40 Indie chart.
All of this is not a surprise to the radio stations, music and programmers that have played his music in the past. The track serviced via Play MPE & Airplay Access seemed to have hit the market at just the right time setting Jimmy White up for some greater things in 2016. “I Wish You Peace” is a wonderful song about the importance of loving one another, caring for your fellow man and the world around you.
The song, however, had an interesting beginning. As Jimmy White explains: The song came to me one November morning in 2007 when I was reading a magazine that said every 3 seconds, someone in the world died of ‘hunger related causes.’ I sat there stunned as I began imagining someone dying every 3 seconds. I went in to my studio, and out came this song, as if from another dimension. I recorded it on my little cassette player I use for such occasions, and promptly forgot the entire song! Then I lost the tape player! I was frantic as I could not for the life of me remember the song, but I knew it was very special. Finally, I found the tape player and recorded a pretty elaborate home demo which I sent to my promoter who went wild for it, demanding I do the master immediately for that holiday season. It subsequently became the most added record in the country on both Biilboard AC and FMQB AC, and has resided in the Top 10 of numerous Mediabase stations every holiday season since. But the purpose of ‘Peace,’ what I felt that November morning, was never for anyone to remember me, or the song. It was simply to remember….to care…to do something about the fact that…’Almost every moment, a starving person dies/’ You would think it would be something that we could never forget.’ ” FAFMEDIA