After graduating college in Ohio with a degree in Medieval History, Jim moved to New York City, where he soon became a staff recording engineer at Noise New York, a small, funky room in midtown Manhattan which became one of the foci for the burgeoning punk and New Wave scenes of the late 70’s and early 80’s.

Spending the next few years building a career as a freelance engineer, producer, and songwriter, Jim spent the last half of the ’80’s as Chief Engineer of Platinum Island, one of New York’s busiest multi room facilities. It was during this time that his producing and songwriting credentials would grow, with over two dozen major label songwriting cuts for acts like Billy Squier (Capitol), Brenda K. Starr (MCA), Sweet Sensation (Atco), and production work for hip hop pioneers Stetsasonic MCs (Tommy Boy), indie outlaws The Raunch Hands (Relativity), and finally scoring big with Atlantic Records Dance/Pop divas Pajama Party, serving as producer, engineer, synth/midi programmer and songwriter on their two albums, yielding three Billboard Hot 100 singles and as many Top Ten Dance hits.

Relocating to three acres in rural Pennsylvania, Jim built a spacious recording facility and spent most of the 90’s recording his own music and composing for film and television, working for clients in advertising (McDonald’s, Coke, ATT, MCI, Bennigan’s, Midas, Pillsbury, Bacardi, Canon, Procter and Gamble, and many others), television (the Sydney and Lake Placid Olympics on NBC, Oprah, The Today Show, Elimidate, MTV’s Tough Enough, Behind the Music on VH1, Operation Junkyard, Martha Stewart Living, the Golf Channel, NFL on Fox to name only a few) and writing on projects for Miramax films, including the score for cult favorite City On Fire, starring Chow Yun Fat.

In 2000, Jim’s composing career took a new turn when he became one of the composers for ABC’s “All My Children”, writing underscores and songs for the longstanding daytime series. He continues to score the show today, and received Daytime Emmy nominations for both scoring and songwriting in 2003, 2004, 2005, 2008, and 2010, winning twice for Outstanding Achievement in Music Composition and Direction.

Today, Jim lives in Philadelphia, still composing and producing music.  Jim also teaches classes in production, engineering, and film and television scoring at Drexel University in Philadelphia, where he is Program Director of the Music Industry Program.


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