Born on January 13, 1955, in Detroit, Michigan, James Ian Lifton, aka Jimmy Lifton is a renowned American musician, director, producer, writer and composer. It did not take long for the talented young Jimmy Lifton to begin his career. Before he was sixteen years old, he was offered the apprenticeship to the Master Organist for the Detroit Symphony, graduated from the Toronto Conservatory of Music and attended Berklee College of Music. Jimmy Lifton’s first professional band was “Merlin”. This band earned the status of the very first Detroit based mixed race Rock and Roll band. The band performed throughout the state including the People’s Ballroom in Ann Arbor and opening for Bob Seger and Mitch Rider.
Jimmy Lifton co-founded Orphan Records, which was considered one of the United States’ great R&B, Pop and pioneering house music labels. Billboard magazine nominated Jimmy Lifton’s music video “Harmony” as the Best Independent Production of the year. He also managed to rank two in the charts of music videos. He worked himself up to the 22 in the record charts of the U.S.
Jimmy Lifton co-founded Oracle Post, a post-production facility, in 1996. As President of Oracle Post, he worked with the major studios including Warner Brothers, Disney, Paramount, Sony and Nickelodeon.
Jimmy Lifton has produced numerous feature films and television episodes. He has directed and written many of those productions as well.
Jimmy Lifton has been nominated for fifteen Golden Reel Awards and has won five. He has been nominated for five Emmys and has won two (The Penguins of Madagascar and Kung Fu Panda)
Jimmy Lifton is currently an active producer, director and composer of features and television. He is the Founder and CEO of Lifton Institute of Media Arts and Sciences (LIMS) which trains Veterans and unemployed adults to be crew members for the movie and television industry.
Jimmy Lifton is a man who has contributed greatly to the entertainment industry and has earned accolades from around the world.