James Michael “Jim” Peterik was born in Berwyn, Illinois. The singer, songwriter, guitarist, and keyboardist of Czech ancestry was the lead singer and sole writer of the Ides of March’s hit “Vehicle,” and he co-wrote and co-produced the Grammy-winning double-platinum number one pop hit and theme song from Rocky 3 “Eye of the Tiger,” and number two pop hit and theme song from Rocky IV “Burning Heart”, which went platinum in late 1985. Both songs were performed by Peterik’s band Survivor.
Survivor 1984 album Vital Signs featured the Top 10 hits “High on You” (No. 8) and “The Search is Over” (No. 4), plus another sizable hit in “I Can’t Hold Back” (No. 13). “The Search Is Over” (No. 4), “Is This Love” (No. 9), and “The Moment of Truth” from the movie The Karate Kid belong to the most famous Survivor singles. In 1986, Peterik left Survivor and reunited with the original members of the Ides of March recording in 2006, releasing the solo Above the Storm album.
Jim Peterik has co-written songs for 38 Special, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Blackhawk, Cheap Trick, Sammy Hagar, Cathy Richardson, Van Zant, Brian Wilson, REO Speedwagon, and the Beach Boys. While continuing to play with the Ides of March, he also fronts melodic rock band Pride of Lions, smooth-jazz project Jim Peterik’s Lifeforce, and has a regular series of yearly concert performances with an all-star cast as World Stage. He is also active as a producer and mentor to young, developing talent.