Jimmy Harnen was born and raised in northeast, Pennsylvania in the small town of Plymouth located near Wilkes-Berre / Scranton. In his early teens Jimmy's dream was to become a recording artist and songwriter, by his early twenties his dream became reality. He formed the Pop/Rock group Synch, later to be known internationally as Jimmy Harnen and Synch. After formation and many rehearsals, He was ready to venture into the recording studio, while taking his band Synch into John Nasser studio Holland "Sound Studios to record, He was looking for producers. He chose former Columbia recording artists Jerry Hludzik and Bill Kelly (Dakota), to produce and Rick Manwiller who came along as part of a package deal. Rick wound up playing keyboards, arranging and co-producing "Where Are You Now?", released in 1989 on WTG/Columbia Records. WTG was owned by three recording company legends, Walter Yetnikoff of Columbia records, Tommy Mottola former CEO of Sony Records and Jerry Greenberg former head of Atlantic Records in New York City.
Where Are You Now?" in 1990 went to #10 on Billboard's Hot 100 Chart, and #3 on the Adult Contemporary Chart. The record continued well into 1990's receiving national airplay. Jimmy was also featured on the national television show Dancin' USA over the USA cable network. The song still shows up on 80's rock compilation albums from time to time. Jimmy accomplished what many aspiring artists only dream about. In 1996 Jimmy and Rick Manwiller co-wrote "The Best I Can Do (without you)" which went Top 5 on Tampa Bay's Mix-96 (WMTX-FM), and received major airplay on 15 radio markets across the U.S. Something to note is Jimmy and Rick songwriting , "All About Time", recorded at Franklin, Tenn.'s North Beach Studio with producers Cliff Downs and Randy Goodrum (who's written songs like Toto's "I'll Be Over You", Michael Johnson's "Bluer Than Blue", and Steve Perry's "Foolish Heart"). Also included on this release 'Blind Lead the Blind' (Harnen / Manwiller / Brophy / Downs) and 'Can You Hear Me When I Talk to You?' (Harnen / Manwiller)., an interesting fact is Jimmy and Rick's song "Can You Hear Me When I Talk to You" broke Brenda Lee's 46 year-old record of being the youngest female singer to hit the country charts, when the honor went to Ashley Gearing as the new youngest female singer to hit the country charts.
Jimmy and his wife Lynn moved to Nashville, His first position in Nashville was National Promotional Director for DreamWorks Records. Later he served at Refugee Management in Nashville, representing international country recording artist Jo Dee Messina. In 2004 Jimmy also served at Capitol Records Nashville as Sr. Director of National Promotion. Capitol Records more info Jimmy Harnen has now been appointed EVP Big Machine Label Group and President of Republic Nashville. Jimmy has worked with Borchetta in a previous capacity at DreamWorks Nashville more info
American Artists Entertainment is proud to be part of Jimmy's Dream, from 1988 - 1994 acting constantly on his behalf with professional representation and development worldwide, under personal management in the performing arts.
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