A modern-day Renaissance Man, Jimmy Dunne comfortably crisscrosses the worlds of art and business as a songwriter and composer, television writer and producer, screenwriter, music producer, artist, author and business entrepreneur.
Dunne’s songs have been recorded on 28,000,000 hitrecords worldwide; along with scores, songs, and themes in over 1,500 television episodes and dozens of feature films.
Along with Grammy nominations, Emmy nominations, Billboard Awards, (CMA) Country Music Awards, Cashbox Awards, ACM Awards, Juno Awards, Big Country Awards, BMI and Ascap Songwriter and Publisher Awards, his songs have garnered a plethora of gold, platinum, and multi-platinum records from countries spanning the globe.
Credits include songs for Whitney Houston, Kenny Rogers, “Pretty Woman,” Take 6 (Grammy-winning record), Janet Jackson, Loverboy, “Princess Diaries II,” “Nothing in Common,” Jermaine Jackson, Anne Murray, “Fame,” Dave Loggins, “Dear God,” “Heart Like a Wheel,” “ABC Wide World of ABC Sports,” “NBC Sports,” “Mother’s Day,” and Official Songs of the Olympic Games and presidential campaigns.
The catalog of songs of Jimmy Dunne have been heard or watched 200,000,000,000 times on the radio, television, in theatres, on the Internet — in every country on the planet.
As a solo piano artist (with radio stations on Pandora, Spotify, iTunes Radio, etc.) Dunne’s piano recordings are released on 50+ records in countries around the world.
Outside of music, numerous television credits include writing and producing for primetime ABC hit series’; including Paramount Pictures’ “Happy Days.” Screenwriting credits include feature films for Universal Studios, Disney, Touchstone, Columbia Pictures and HBO.
Jimmy Dunne is founder of Inspire, a leading music and branding firm – having executed many of the most celebrated national branding campaigns for retail stores and corporations in the past decade.
Inspire’s success stories include using music to emotionally brand Whole Foods Market, Staples, JC Penney, Caruso, Office Depot, Coldwater Creek, Ralphs, Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf, USA Gymnastics, American Greetings, Claire’s Accessories, Hudson Booksellers, Legg Mason, Visa, Gymboree, UPS, Kimberly-Clark, CBRE, St. Joseph’s Aspirin, Buca di Beppo Restaurants – and many, many others.
Evolving into the national leader in university music, Inspire and Jimmy Dunne have written the alma maters, anthems and fight songs for many universities across the country; including SMU, UC Merced, Claremont McKenna College and many others currently in the pipeline.
Jimmy has produced many large-scale charitable multi-media events, including MS Society, Sheriff’s Youth Foundation and Whole Foods Market at Austin “City Limit’s” Moody Theatre.
In the foundation world, Jimmy was a Principal for the Los Angeles County’s Sheriff’s Youth Foundation serving thousands of inner-city youth, increasing revenues by 82% and reimagining every arm of the foundation.
Jimmy is the author of the award-winning children’s book The Shepherd’s Story, published by Loyola Press.
Dunne has been a keynote speaker at numerous music industry, media industry, and corporate conferences and events, and lectures at UCLA, SMU, and USC. He’s on the SMU Meadows School of Journalism Advisory Board, (and wrote SMU’s Song, “SMU Forever”). Jimmy is very active in community leadership roles, recently honored as Pacific Palisades’ ‘Citizen of the Year’ — along with founding multiple youth sports conferences in Illinois and California.
In 2021, Jimmy launched a new venture, USA Bocce, evolving exponentially with intentions on being the new trusted home of bocce for country clubs, parks, hotels, restaurants & bars all across America.
Dunne graduated Phi Beta Kappa and Omicron Delta Kappa from the University of Kentucky; in the top 1% with 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.