Jimmy Dunne is president and founder of Inspire, one of the most respected and successful music promotions firms – accelerating brands and creating meaningful revenue streams for retail franchises, corporations and charities.
Inspire has created many of the most celebrated musical campaigns in recent years for Whole Foods Market, Staples, JCPenney, Coldwater Creek, Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf, USA Gymnastics, American Greetings, Claire’s Accessories, Hudson Booksellers, Legg Mason, Visa, Picture People, Wild Oats, Gymboree, UPS, Kimberly-Clark, CB Richard Ellis, StorageTek, InterCall, NCR, St. Joseph’s Aspirin, Gloria Jean’s, Buca di Beppo Restaurants; among many others.
Dunne is also accomplished as a songwriter, TV and film composer, music producer, television writer and producer, screenwriter, recording artist and music publisher.
Dunne’s songs have been recorded on 27,000,000 records worldwide; along with scores, songs, and themes in over 1,400 television episodes and dozens of feature films.
Along with (CMA) Country Music Awards, Grammy nominations, Emmy nominations, Billboard Awards, Cashbox Awards, Academy of Country Music Awards, Juno Awards, Big Country Awards, BMI and Ascap Songwriter and Publisher Awards, his music has garnered numerous gold, platinum, and multi-platinum records from countries spanning the globe.
Credits include songs/scores for Whitney Houston, Kenny Rogers, “Pretty Woman” (Touchstone Films), Take 6 (Grammy winning record) “Best Gospel & Soul Record of 1998″), Janet Jackson, Loverboy, “Princess Diaries II,” “Nothing In Common” (Tri-Star Pictures), Jermaine Jackson, Anne Murray, “Fame” (MGM), Dave Loggins, “Dear God” (Paramount Pictures), “Heart Like a Wheel” (20th Century Fox), “Exit to Eden,” ABC Wide World of ABC Sports, NBC Sports, “Fatal Attraction,” and Official Songs of the Olympic Games.
America, written and produced by Dunne, is featured on Barack Obama’s Official CD; “Yes, We Can; Voices of a Grassroots Movement,” with Kanye West, Sheryl Crow, John Legend, John Mayer and Stevie Wonder.
As a recording artist, Dunne has recorded many of the most successful CD releases for Sugo Records; including “Summer Stories,” “Cinema,” “Rhythm,” “Passion, Heart and Soul” and, most recently, “Sanctuary.”
Numerous television credits include writing and producing two primetime ABC hit series; including Paramount Pictures’ “Happy Days” and “Joanie Loves Chachi.” Screenwriting credits include feature films for Universal Studios, Disney/Touchstone, Columbia Pictures, Kings Road Films and HBO.
A sought-after speaker on the music industry’s relationship with national retailers, corporations and charities, 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, USC, along with numerous other universities. Very active in SMU and USC activities, Dunne is also on the SMU Meadows School of Journalism Board.
Mr. Dunne graduated Phi Beta Kappa and Omicron Delta Kappa from the University of Kentucky, with Highest Honors (in the top 1%) with double-major Honors Program Degrees in Journalism and Business, while double-minoring in Music Composition and Communications.
Married to Interior Designer Catherine Bailly Dunne, they have two daughters – living in Pacific Palisades, California.