Jim was born in Brooklyn but raised in South Florida. He grew up in a culture fuelled in equal parts by his own inherent love of hip-hop and his parents love of classic rock artists like Lynyrd Skynyrd, Led Zeppelin and Fleetwood Mac. He was a scratch DJ by the age of 14 and formed his first record label by the time he was 18. Rapping on his own record “Party Time” lead to an artist deal with Heat Wave Records and tours with Cypress Hill, 2 Live Crew and Marky Mark & The Funky Bunch. Jim refocussed on studio work in the late 1990s and started engineering for Slip & Slide Records producing the artists Trick Daddy and Trina. His first production hit was the single “Let’s Go” by Trick Daddy featuring Lil Jon & Twista. He met Pitbull in 2004 and the two formed a friendship that lasts to this day. Jim produced songs for Pitbull’s first album before being tapped by P Diddy’s Bad Boy Records to produce Danity Kane from the MTV show “Making The Band”. In 2008 Jim co-wrote and Produced Lil Wayne’s No. 1 and 5 x Platinum single “Lollipop” which won him a Grammy that year for “Best Rap Song”. He went on to co-write and Produce T.I.’s 5 x Platinum single “Whatever You Like” and Soulja Boy Tell ‘Em’s “Kiss Me Through The Phone” single. In 2009 he produced the Beyonce single “Sweet Dreams” (also co-written by Jim) from her “I Am…Sasha Fierce” album, before going back into the studio with Pitbull to Produce “Hotel Room Service”. Jim’s production of Nelly’s platinum single “Just A Dream” was released just a day before the release of his Kid Cudi single “Erase Me” featuring Kanye West, another Jim Jonsin production. Jim produced the Nelly & Kelly Rowland single “Gone” in 2011 and he co-wrote and Produced the Eminem hit “Spacebound” the same year, a song featured on Eminem’s “Recovery” album which was the best selling album of that year. The record won the “Best Rap Album” Award at the 53rd Grammys. He scored a hit with Wiz Khalifa’s “On My Level” and launched his own Rebel Rock label signing the young rapper B.o.B. The single “Nothin’ On You” was a No. 1 hit and was nominated for three Grammys. The second single “Airplanes” (featuring Hayley Williams from Paramore) was also nominated for a Grammy. B.o.B’s third single “Magic” was another platinum-selling hit. Jim then took time away from the studio in 2011 to join Jimmy Iovine’s team of star Producers on American Idol, the experience of mentoring young talent being one he relished. Jim mentored the top 10 contestants on the show and produced music for many of the finalists that year. Jim established his own “Rebel Rock” motor racing team the following year as owner, CEO and driver. Further singles and album work resumed with Jim getting back in the studio and making records with Mary J. Blige, Usher, Machine Gun Kelly, Jamie Foxx, Yelawolf, Austin Mahone and A$AP Rocky before Jim and his family relocated from Florida to Nashville in 2016. Recent work currently pending release has included writing with and producing A$AP Rocky (RCA), Kiiara (Atlantic), Yelawolf (Interscope), SoMo (Republic), LL Cool J, Pitbull, K’Naan, SNO/Ernest K and B.o.B. 2018 saw Jonsin’s production of the Carrie Underwood & Ludacris anthem “The Champion” being used to open the LII Super Bowl and throughout NBC’s coverage of the recent Winter Olympics. The single reached No.1 in iTunes charts in ten countries. Now with the launch of Jonsin’s new Oak Hollow label, publishing company and studio complex, 2018 sees Jim making a huge commitment to helping develop several young Tennessee based artists who have been yearning for support from a more traditionally country based music community often at odds with their own artistic sensibilities. The first two signings to the company are Nathan Littlefoot Fouts and Gracen Hill, and the first “Oak Hollow Sessions EP”, released in early March, saw Jim curating music from those two artists and several others in development within his growing Oak Hollow community of writers, producers and artists.
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