Born An Indian Man
From 'A Producer's Thoughts': 'Jim sings from the heart, and Jim's heart and voice reach out to the whole world. His is a tradition that stretches back as far as the Plains and the Black Hills. The Lakota People and their vision have always held the Earth and it's people sacred. Jim's songs and stories embrace that vision and pass it on. Enjoy this man and his music; your world will be a better place that he passed through.' Who Is Jim Young? Singer and songwriter Jim Young was born and raised on the Rosebud Sioux Reservation in Rosebud, South Dakota. He attended high school at St. Francis Indian Mission on the Rosebud Indian Reservation, and earned an Associate of Arts degree at Western Dakota Technical Institute in Rapid City, SD. He was introduced to alcohol and drugs at an early age, which led to a prison term. Jim had time in prison to reflect on his life and to cultivate his lifelong interest in music. He began composing music, including country, country gospel, and Lakota songs. Since his release in1990, Jim has made his home in Hot Springs, in the Black Hills of South Dakota. He has not returned to the reservation, but gears his music toward his cultural background. Jim is also a veteran, and uses his music to honor those who have served in the military. Jim performs under his given name, Medicine Boy, which was handed down to him by his father in a ceremony when he was a teenager. He performs frequently, at schools and VA Medical Centers as well as at special events and local clubs. He is a regular speaker/entertainer at the Substance Abuse Rehabilitation Treatment Programs for the Black Hills Veterans Administration, and visits the Custer Youth Forestry Camp, a correctional facility for young boys. Jim's songs have had a profound impact on the men and women who grew up on Indian reservations and have had similar life experiences to his. His music touches people of all ages, including elders, youth, and veterans. Part of Jim's great talent is that by relating his experiences as a Native American, he is able to move listeners from many cultures to a real sense of the shared trials and joys of people everywhere.