Biography and Current Musical Projects
A little bit about Jeff Pike…
The Stage. The Entertainer – An attraction to countless and a home for many. For some like Jeff Pike it is uncontrollably the lifeblood of their craft and existence. Be it through his own intimate compositions or through the words and music of others, entertaining and connecting deeply with an audience is Jeff’s passion, and his gift. Having received nods in comparison to modern day recording artists such as Josh Grobin and Jason Mraz, and classic singer/songwriter/entertainers like Kenny Loggins, Dan Fogelberg, Jimmy Buffett and Elton John, Jeff’s solo performances are intimate, musical, emotional, and fun. In contrast to the soul baring nature of a lot of his original music, Jeff has a strong sense of humor and a caring personality that naturally tends to draw people in.
As a Singer/Songwriter and as a member of his band A1A, Jeff has recorded 7 CD’s of his own original music and produced 4 for other local Atlanta recording artists. While his original music is very important to him, ask Jeff what his dream job would be and he may tell you he would loved to have had Paul Shaffer’s job on “Late Night With David Letterman.” Jeff is an avid record collector and has always had a very deep love for the songs and the artists that record them. It is impressive to many the vast amount of music and lyrics from the past several decades that Jeff has committed to memory, along with his ability to perform, improvise and compose songs of almost any genre at the spur of the moment. He is passionate, real and genuinely cares about the audience and the song. When hiring Jeff for your event, concert, festival, club or private party you can guarantee that you are getting a professional with years of experience who will do whatever it takes to make your evening a success.
Aside from performing as a solo artist, Jeff is also involved in several musical groups. Read on for more information on all of Jeff’s current musical endeavors.
A1A – The Official and Original Jimmy Buffett Tribute Show was born in 1991 when Lead Vocalist and Guitarist, Jeff Pike asked Atlanta Parrot Head Club Founder, Scott Nickerson to join him in his already successful one man tribute to Jimmy Buffett. In 1992, the band won a Jimmy Buffett Sound Alike Contest for Margaritaville Records and the A1A ball started rolling – a ball that is still rolling 25 years later.
Over the years as the band grew A1A was extremely instrumental in the fundamental building and growth of the International Parrot Head Club community and Trop Rock Music genre as it is today. They were the first band to repeatedly headline the annual Jimmy Buffett “Meeting of The Minds” Parrot Head Convention and many more land mark annual Parrot Head Events. They have released 3 CD’s of original Trop Rock music, played to countless high profile clients around the world and continue to draw record crowds to their public performances. Members from Jimmy Buffett’s band, Greg “Fingers” Taylor, Mac McAnally, Michael Utley, Robert Greenidge, Peter Mayer, Nadirah Shakoor and Tina Gullickson have all performed with the band over the years. In 2009 Nadirah Shakoor chose A1A to be her back up band to help promote her Mailboat Records Release, ‘Nod To The Story Teller.’ In 2012, Jimmy Buffett was instrumental in landing A1A in the Lions Gate Major Motion Picture Release, ‘What to Expect When You’re Expecting.’ The band recorded Jimmy’s classic, ‘Why Don’t We Get Drunk,’ which was included in the movie and on the soundtrack released by Capitol Records. Recently in 2016, Jimmy Buffett and Mac McAnally approached A1A with a request that they be Jimmy’s band during a private performance for The World Surf League at The Masters Open in Augusta, Georgia. Not surprisingly, the band was very proud to be Jimmy’s ‘ Coral Reefer Band’ for a day.
A1A performs as a seven piece band, complete with audio and light production, bringing to life a colorful and energetic family friendly Jimmy Buffett Tribute Show. For added ambiance and realism, adding the A1A Beachwrecked Pirates is a sure fire way to boost up the enthusiasm and energy to your event.
When attending an A1A performance you can expect to hear all of your Jimmy Buffett favorites. You will also be treated to some classic Reggae as well as some original A1A Trop Rock music. The energy, musicianship, originality and excitement that have always surrounded an A1A performance is an experience and a driving force that has helped the band remain the first and foremost Jimmy Buffett Tribute Show in history.
One or two months out of the year Jeff tours, plays the piano and performs as ‘Benny’ in the North American cast of Abba Mania – The Worlds #1 Touring Abba Tribute Show. ABBA MANIA has been delighting audiences of all ages since its formation in 1999, selling out UK theatres nationally. In 2002 it played 18 weeks in the Strand Theatre London re-creating the Abba phenomenon for fans from all over the world.
Since that time ABBA MANIA has conquered other parts of the world, with concerts in Demark, Sweden, Russia, France, Luxembourg, South America and North America. Featuring a special concert presentation, which celebrates the music and style of Abba in a respectful and enjoyable way, ABBA MANIA revives special memories of when ‘Abba’ ruled the airwaves. Their songs are timeless and will last forever.
A TRIBUTE TO THE MUSIC OF DAN FOGELBERG
Jeff is in the process of putting together a tribute to the musical legacy of the late Dan Fogelberg. You can listen to his current Demo below.
A Jeff Pike Tribute To Dan Fogelberg
Madmen Across The Water
A Tribute To The Classic Era of Elton John
Jeff has teamed up with A1A Pianist and Keyboardist, Eric Baumgartner to form ‘Madmen Across The Water.’ A tribute to the classic era of Elton John. The duo will be concentrating on all of the classic as well as lesser known album cuts recorded by Elton John recorded from 1969 – 1980. More information coming soon….
What others say…
“Jeff loves everything from show tunes to Alice Cooper and is unapologetic in musical passions. His albums show that he is a great lyricist and not afraid to be diverse with a number of different sounds and instruments. In the same way that he loves a great variety of music, he has mastered the ability to perform many genres.” – Paul Leslie – The Paul Leslie Hour. – www.thepaulleslie.com
“I see Jeff Pike as a deep musical well where people can go when they need to rehydrate their souls.” – Paula Keegan Hamlin
“You will be swept away in the words of Jeff’s songs, forgetting where you are. Seeing Jeff’s solo performance is like finding gold. And ladies, Jeff is a musical charmer, so beware of falling in love with all of his CD’s” – Millie Marie Taylor