UNIVERSAL MUSIC PUBLISHING GROUP SIGNS LEGENDARY SONGWRITING/PRODUCTION DUO, JIMMY JAM AND TERRY LEWIS
Santa Monica, CA, January 30, 2012 – Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, the legendary songwriting and production team, have signed an exclusive worldwide publishing administration agreement with Universal Music Publishing Group (UMPG), as announced today by Evan Lamberg, President, UMPG North America and Zach Horowitz, Chairman & CEO of UMPG. The deal includes all new work written by the duo, one of the most successful songwriting and production teams in modern music history. UMPG will not administer the back catalog.
“Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis are one of the greatest hit-making teams of all time. It’s an absolute honor to be working with them and having them join the Universal Music Publishing family,” said Evan Lamberg.
“Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis have crafted career defining songs for the many artists they’ve worked with over the years. We are thrilled they will now be continuing their incredible legacy as part of the Universal Music Publishing family,” said Zach Horowitz.
“Terry and I have shared a long history of success with Evan and Zach over the years and are thrilled to be partnered with them and their innovative team at Universal,” said Jimmy Jam.
“Like Jimmy & myself, Evan and Zach understand nurturing the collaborative spirit of the creative process. We’re looking forward to creating with, and mentoring the incredible worldwide roster of talent at Universal,” said Terry Lewis.
Since partnering to form their now legendary music company Flyte Tyme on a handshake in 1982, Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis have redefined the rules of modern songwriting and production.
For over three decades the iconic duo have successfully written and produced hit songs across all genres of music ranging from pop, soul, dance and rap, to gospel, rock, country and reggae. They have amassed over 100 gold, platinum, multi-platinum and diamond albums collaborating on landmark projects for a range of artists including Michael Jackson, Boyz II Men, Beyonce, Sting, Mary J. Blige, Elton John, Usher, Yolanda Adams, Herb Alpert, Luther Vandross, Rod Stewart, New Edition, Human League, Earth, Wind and Fire, Mariah Carey, Robert Palmer, Gwen Stefani, Kanye West, and Janet Jackson. With over One Hundred Billboard top 10 songs including Twenty Six No.1 R&B, and Sixteen No.1 Hot 100 hits Jam & Lewis have achieved more No.1’s than any other duo in Billboard chart history.
The five time Grammy Award winners have collected over 100 ASCAP awards for songwriting and publishing including seven ASCAP Rhythm & Soul Songwriter of the Year Awards, two ASCAP Pop Songwriter of the Year Awards, the ASCAP Rhythm & Soul Heritage Award, the ASCAP Publisher of the Year award, and the coveted ASCAP Golden Note Award for career excellence.
This year the pair added two more ASCAP Awards for the #1 Billboard Rap/Hip-Hop smash “My Last” by Big Sean & Chris Brown, and the #1 Gospel Song of the Year “I Smile” by Kirk Franklin.
Their media resume is just as impressive, crafting themes and soundtracks for The NBA on TNT & TBS, NBA Inside Stuff, FOX NFL Sunday, and the opening ceremonies of the Atlanta Summer Olympic Games. They received Academy Award and Golden Globe nominations for Best Original Song for “Again” from the film Poetic Justice, and produced the film soundtracks to How Stella Got Her Groove Back, Mo Money, and The Fighting Temptations. Other film soundtracks include, The Prince of Egypt, Nutty Professor 2 The Klumps, The Emperors New Groove, Shark Tale, Beverly Hills Cop 3, Happy Feet 2, The Best Man, Precious, and Hotel Rwanda. Fittingly the duo have been awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
In 2013 the duo will commemorate their 30year business partnership, and more importantly their 40 years of friendship with their first ever Jam & Lewis album project. The long awaited project will celebrate the beginning of the next creative chapter in the lives of the iconic team.
Current collaborations include Kelly Rowland, IU, New Edition, Robyn, Afrojack, Jordin Sparks, Jessie Ware and RoneyBoys.
About Universal Music Publishing Group
UMPG is one of the world’s largest music publishing companies and represents music in every genre from some of the world’s hottest songwriters and catalogs, both old and new. These include ABBA, Adele, Alex Da Kid, Lily Allen, Beach Boys, Beastie Boys, Irving Berlin, Justin Bieber, Leonard Bernstein, Bjork, Café Tacuba, Mariah Carey, Desmond Child, The Clash, Coldplay, Elvis Costello, The Cure, Eminem, Ester Dean, Jörgen Elofsson, Danny Elfman, Eminem, Gloria and Emilio Estefan, Billy Joel, Juan Gabriel, Al Green, Axl Rose (Guns N’ Roses), Jimi Hendrix, Hunter Hayes, Imagine Dragons, Elton John/Bernie Taupin, Joy Division, R. Kelly, The Killers, BB King, Luke Laird, Linkin Park, the Mamas and Papas, Henry Mancini, Maroon 5, Miguel, Mumford & Sons, Randy Newman, Steve Perry, Otis Redding, Darius Rucker, Carole Bayer Sager, Gustavo Santaolalla, Sex Pistols, Paul Simon, Britney Spears, 3 Doors Down, Justin Timberlake, T-Pain, U2, Diane Warren, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Wisin Y Yandel, and Bill Withers, among many others. UMPG is also a global leader in the areas of Classical, Christian/Gospel, and Production Music. Additionally, UMPG plays a major role in film and TV, administering the music of Warner Bros Entertainment, Universal Studios, HBO, DreamWorks, NBC and Sesame Workshop, among others. For more information please visit www.umusicpub.com.