Jimmie Van Zant

Jimmie Van Zant

Jimmie Van Zant was born in Jacksonville, Florida, a city known as "the home of southern rock royalty."

His mother spent hours every day playing gospel tunes on the family's upright piano encouraging Jimmie to start piano and guitar lessons at the age of six. Jimmie's home continued to be filled with music whenever cousin Ronnie Van Zant used his living room as a rehearsal space for the band that eventually became Lynyrd Skynyrd.

The tragedy of Ronnie's death in 1977 inspired Jimmie to focus on his own music career to honor the life... more