Jim Harding Country Music
Jim Harding was a down to earth country boy who grew up in Mudgeeraba in the Gold Coast hinterland. He lived at Highvale in the Samford Valley just North of Brisbane with the love of his life, Lois.
He became hooked on country music as a boy when he heard Hank Williams Snr sing ‘Your Cheating Heart” on an old valve wireless on the family farm. Inspired by greats Hank Williams Snr, George Jones and Merle Haggard, Jim developed his own singing/song writing style.
Jim competed in numerous talent quests and his first win was at Surfers Paradise at age 12 performing Blue Suede Shoes. He won the 5 pound first prize beating the Gibbs brothers later called The Bee Gees. He also competed in Rodeos and won numerous country music awards including the inaugural 2008 Queensland Masters Champion of Champions.
Any which way you look at it, he was country through and through and a giant of Country Music. He was highly respected as much for his mentoring as his musical talent around Country Music Clubs, particularly in South East Queensland.
His last triumph was a spectacular 90 minute show – Jim and Friends – at Urban Country Music Festival at Caboolture in May 2014.
His music is played throughout Australia, Canada and US.
Jim’s CD releases and legacy
2009 Dawson Creek Dreaming – 10 songs
2013 Dance With Me Molly – 17 songs ($15 plus postage)
2014 With Love – 15 songs ($15 plus postage)
The opening track of ‘With Love’ is ‘A Samford Valley Morning’, a song Jim wrote on his back porch with his late dog – another cancer victim – by his side.
Songs written by Jim include
Songs written by Charlie and Jim and sung by Jim
City Boys and Cowgirls City Boys and Cowgirls
Jacaranda Lane Jacaranda Lane
Our Journey of Love
The Second Time Around
Wonderful You Wonderful You
Nothing Compared to Your Smile Nothing Compares to Your Smile
Other songs written by Charlie include
Two Little Cowboys
The Pages Turned to Cinders
Sixty Six Ain’t Old
My Shepherd’s Call
In My Dreams
Not A Stranger Anymore