Full Name
Jimmy Jam

Five-time Grammy Award winner Jimmy Jam is a husband, father, world renowned songwriter, record producer, musician, entrepreneur, and one half of the most influential and successful songwriting & production duo in modern music history, Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis. Along with Lewis his 40 year business partner and 50 year best friend, Jimmy's accomplishments have elevated him to iconic status within the music industry.

Jam & Lewis have collaborated on over 100 Gold, Platinum and/or Diamond certified recordings for a diverse array of artists across all musical genres including Prince, Michael Jackson, Boyz II Men, Sting, Elton John, Mary J Blige, Usher, Beyonce, Luther Vandross, Rihanna, Rod Stewart, Earth, Wind & Fire, Mariah Carey, Gwen Stefani, Willie Nelson, New Edition, Sounds of Blackness, Morris Day, The Time, and Janet Jackson to name a few.

They have written and/or produced over 150 albums and singles that have reached Gold, Platinum or Diamond status with total worldwide sales in excess of a quarter billion records. Jam & Lewis have amassed 26 Billboard #1 R&B singles and 16 #1 Hot 100 hits giving the duo more Billboard #1’s than any other songwriting/production team in chart history. Their “warm for a long time” philosophy of career progression has allowed them the rare feat of delivering chart topping hits across 5 decades (1980’s, 1990’s, 2000’s, 2010’s, and 2020’s).

Jam and Lewis won the Producer-of-the-Year Grammy the first year they were nominated in 1986, And currently have the most Producer-of-the-Year nominations in Grammy history.

As songwriters, Jam and Lewis have garnered over 100 ASCAP Awards, including the ASCAP Writers-of-the-Year award 8 times. The duo also received the ASCAP Voice Of Music Award for “giving voice to the spirit of a generation” and the ASCAP Golden Note Award for “achieving extraordinary career milestones in songwriting.”

The duo have also been Oscar and Golden Globe nominated, have been immortalized with a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and inducted into the 2017 Songwriters Hall of Fame and the 2022 Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame.

Jimmy Jam is the former Chair of the Board of The Recording Academy the first African-American to be elected to that position. He currently serves on the Grammy Museum Foundation Board and is Chair of the Grammy TV Committee overseeing the broadcasts.

Clarence Avant credited as the man who discovered Jam & Lewis, (known as the Black Godfather) famously says, “The World Has Music For Those Who Listen”.

To that Jam & Lewis add “Just Listen” as they continue to rewrite modern music history.

Jimmy Jam