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From Albert Lea to Nashville: Albert Lea native reaches number one on Christian and country music charts, writes his own music

Published 9:00am Saturday, April 19, 2014

It’s taken 18 years, but Albert Lea native Jim Anthony has hit No. 1.

Jim Anthony
Jim Anthony

Anthony, née Jim Komoszewski, is a singer and songwriter. His newest single, “Who Do You Think,” reached No. 1 on the Christian Music Weekly chart as of Tuesday. His music is mainly country and faith-based.

“I write about whatever inspires me, really. … Sometimes it’s my wife and kids, life and circumstances, but a lot of the time it’s my faith,” he said.

Anthony, 40, lives in Buffalo, Minn., with his wife, Christen, 15-year-old son, Caleb, and 12-year-old daughter, Eliana. He spends a lot of his time in Nashville recording, and on the road touring churches, fairs, festivals and conferences.

He’s put out eight albums total, with all but one being comprised of original songs that Anthony wrote. Three of those albums have been released in the last three years.

Anthony started getting into music when he was in high school. He learned how to play drums first and then picked up other instruments along the way through college. He taught himself how to play guitar so that he could write his own songs more easily.

“It’s harder to write your own music when you’re a drummer,” Anthony said. “I just did whatever I could musically. … I always wanted to write.”

He said Albert Lea’s always been a supportive community. While Anthony doesn’t have any performances scheduled in Albert Lea for the time being, it’s definitely something he’s open to. His parents, John and Georgia Komoszewski, and brother, Al Komoszewski, all still live in the area. Anthony and his family make at least one or two trips back home every year.

Along with writing, recording and producing his own music, Anthony also writes and produces for other musicians as well. He said he enjoys working with other musicians, and hopes he can help newer artists get their start.

“I’m trying to be for other artists what I wished someone had been for me when I was younger.”