Amodern-day Renaissance Man, Jimmy Dunne comfortably crisscrosses the worlds of art and business as an accomplished songwriter, TV and film composer, television writer/producer, screenwriter, music producer, 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; 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, the country’s leading music and branding firm – executing many of the most celebrated branding campaigns for retail stores and corporations in the past decade.
Success stories include Whole Foods Market, Staples, Office Depot, JCPenney, Coldwater Creek, Ralphs, Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf, USA Gymnastics, American Greetings, Claire’s Accessories, Hudson Booksellers, Legg Mason, Visa, Caruso Affiliated, Gymboree, Southern Methodist University (SMU), UPS, Wild Oats, Kimberly-Clark, CBRE, StorageTek, InterCall, NCR, St. Joseph’s Aspirin, Gloria Jean’s, and Buca di Beppo Restaurants — among many others.
In his screenwriting life, numerous television credits include writing and producing for two prime-time ABC hit series, including Paramount Pictures’ “Happy Days” and “Joanie Loves Chachi.” Screenwriting credits include feature films for Universal Studios, Disney, Touchstone, Columbia Pictures and HBO.
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. Very active in SMU, Dunne is also on the SMU Meadows School of Journalism Advisory Board (his contributions include writing the SMU Song, “SMU”).
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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