Jimmy Jam Biography
James “Jimmy Jam” Harris III is a Music producer and songwriter. Most of his success came in the 1980s due to his collaboration with his partner, Terry Lewis. They emerged as one of the most successful producers and songwriters of the 80s.
Jimmy Jam Age
He was born on 6th June 1959 in Minneapolis, Minnesota, United State of America.
Jimmy Jam Nationality
He is an American national born to both American parents in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Jimmy Jam Family
His father is famed jazz and blues musician Cornbread Harris. He is married to Lisa Padilla from 1994 and they have three children one being famous model Bella Harris.Jimmy Jam
Jimmy Jam Roland TR-808
The duo was noted for its early use of the Roland TR-808, which is a drum machine manufactured by the Roland Corporation in the 1980s. It was one of the first drum machines which allows users to program rhythms instead of using preset patterns.
Unlike its nearest competitor at the time, the more expensive and less convenient Linn LM-1, the 808, generates sounds using analog synthesis rather than playing samples. This drum machine was most used by the duo in their productions.
Jimmy Jam Career
In a fruitful career that has spanned more than three decades, Jimmy Jam alongside his partner Terry Lewis have been fairly successful locally and as well as in the international scene. Their debut single, Optimistic served as a breakthrough track stressing positivity and encouragement to people.
The song served as a summer and fall anthem and began taking Lewis and Jam’s new label towards the top. Other successes followed with “Blackness” as well as music from labelmates Lo-Key?, Solo and Mint Condition. A point to note is that they had the opportunity to release the soundtrack for the 1992 motion picture Mo Money.
Executive produced by Jam and Lewis, the soundtrack featured cuts from Mint Condition, Caron Wheeler and, Ralph Tresvant as well as a duet song by Janet Jackson and Luther Vandross.
Jimmy Jam Net Worth
He has a net worth of $50 million dollars, which he has accumulated throughout his career as a songwriter and producer alongside his partner Terry Lewis.