A modern-day Renaissance Man, Jimmy Dunne comfortably crisscrosses the worlds of art and business as an award-winning, multi-platinum songwriter, TV and film composer, television writer/producer, screenwriter, music producer, columnist, publisher, business entrepreneur – and artist.
Dunne’s songs have been recorded on 28,000,000 records worldwide; along with scores, songs, and themes in over 1,500 television episodes and dozens of feature films.
Along with Country Music Awards (CMA), Grammy nominations, Emmy nominations, Billboard Awards, Cashbox Awards, ACM Awards, Juno Awards, Big Country Awards, and BMI and Ascap Songwriter and Publisher Awards — his songs have garnered numerous gold, platinum, and multi-platinum records from countries spanning the globe.
Credits include songs for Whitney Houston, Kenny Rogers, Take 6 (Grammy winning record) (“Best Gospel & Soul Record”), Janet Jackson, Loverboy, Jermaine Jackson, Anne Murray, Dave Loggins; songs for the series and feature films Pretty Woman, Princess Diaries II, Nothing In Common, Fame, Dear God, Heart Like a Wheel, Exit to Eden, ABC Wide World of ABC Sports, NBC Sports, Fatal Attraction, upcoming Mother’s Day starring Jennifer Aniston, Official Songs of the Olympic Games and presidential campaigns; and many more.
As a solo piano artist (with radio stations on Pandora, Spotify, iTunes Radio, and more), Jimmy Dunne’s piano recordings have been on 40+ records in countries around the world.
The collective catalog of Jimmy Dunne’s songs have been heard or watched 200 billion times on the radio, television, in theaters, on the Internet — by people in every country on the planet.
Jimmy Dunne is President and Founder of Inspire, a leading music and branding firm – executing many of the most celebrated music/branding campaigns for retail stores and corporations in the past decade. Success stories include Whole Foods Market, Staples, JC Penney, Caruso Affiliated, Office Depot, New Form Digital Studios, Coldwater Creek, Ralphs, Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf, USA Gymnastics, American Greetings, Claire’s Accessories, Hudson Booksellers, Legg Mason, Visa, Gymboree, SMU University, UPS, Kimberly-Clark, CBRE, StorageTek, InterCall, NCR, St. Joseph’s Aspirin, O’Neill Clothing, Hollister Co., Buca di Beppo Restaurants, UC Merced; among many others.
In his screenwriting life, numerous television credits include writing and producing for two prime-time ABC hit series, including Paramount Pictures’ #1 hit series, “Happy Days,” and #4 “Joanie Loves Chachi.” Screenwriting credits include feature films for Universal Studios, Disney, Touchstone, Columbia Pictures and HBO.
Jimmy is a Contributing Writer to Huffington Post, along with other national magazines and newspapers. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/jimmy-dunne/
Dunne has been a keynote speaker at numerous music industry, branding and advertising industry, and corporate conferences and events. Dunne has lectured at UCLA, SMU, and USC, along with numerous other universities, and a Board Member of various organizations, including Foundation of New Musicals, U.S. Pop Tennis Foundation, and SMU’s Meadows School of Journalism. Jimmy is active in various initiatives with SMU and UC Merced, including writing their school songs, “SMU Forever” and “My Merced.”
Jimmy Dunne has also been a Brand Strategist for CEO’s across numerous sectors; (national leaders in the real estate, financial services, retail, charity, communications, sporting industries — along with Brand Strategist services for leading politicians, celebrity actors and actresses, religious leaders, entertainment executives, and many others.
Current Inspire projects include Music Supervision for Ron Howard and Brian Grazer’s “‘New Form Digital” Studio; scoring the film, “Grace and Forgiveness”; Strategic Branding services for Putnam Brands; Strategic Branding services for Republican Senate Candidate Duf Sundheim; writing and producing an end title song for “Mother’s Day” (starring Jennifer Aniston), and many others.
Dunne graduated Phi Beta Kappa and Omicron Delta Kappa from the University of Kentucky, with Highest Honors (in the top 1%), and double-major Honors Program Degrees in Journalism and Business, while double-minoring in Music Composition and Communications.
Married to award-winning interior designer Catherine Bailly Dunne, they have two daughters – living in Pacific Palisades, California.
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