Native to New Orleans, Jim McCormick was raised by a merchant marine, one block from the Mississippi River levee in Algiers. He was influenced by New Orleans radio growing up, and listened to artists like Mac David, Sonny and Cher, Barbara Mandrell and Tom Jones. Having earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Georgetown University, he returned home to complete a Master of Fine Arts at the University of New Orleans.

McCormick has established himself as a staple in the country music world, having his work performed by a slew of popular artists including Tim McGraw, Trace Adkins, Trisha Yearwood, Ronnie Milsap, Luke Bryan, Rodney Atkins, Julianne Hough, Anders Osborne, and Amanda Shaw, to name a few. He has also performed a number of major festivals including the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival; South By Southwest
Music Conference; The Key West Songwriters Festival; Tin Pan South in Nashville; and the Zihuatanejo International Guitar Festival in Mexico.

He has been voted a Best of New Orleans music performer by Gambit Weekly readers, was a nominee for Citysearch.Com’s Best Local Songwriter Award, and runner up for OffBeat Magazine’s Best Male Vocalist Award. He was awarded a scholarship to the third Annual Future of Music Coalition Summit in Washington D.C. in 2003, a forum for musicians, lawyers, academics, policymakers and music industry executives to discuss and debate issues regarding digital technology, artists’ rights, and the current state of the music industry.