Jimmy Harnen

Jimmy Harnen

Infobox musical artist 2
Name = Jimmy Harnen

Img_capt = Jimmy Harnen
Background = solo_singer
Born = n/a
Died =
Origin = Pennsylvania
Genre = Pop, adult contemporary
Years_active = 1985–1989
Label = Columbia

Jimmy Harnen is an adult contemporary singer, songwriter and drummer. He sang lead vocals for pop band Synch's 1989 Top Ten hit "Where Are You Now?"


Harnen was born and raised in Pennsylvania in the small town of Plymouth. In high school he played drums in the marching band. In 1985, he became the drummer for local band Synch, made up of lead vocalist Lou Butwin, guitarist Dave Abraham, bassist James A. Donnelly, and keyboardist Chuck Yarmey.

That year, the band recorded some of their songs, with Harnen singing on one song, "Where Are You Now?". He had written the song with a friend named Rich Congdon, and the band decided to release it as a single on the independent label, Micki Records. It was backed by "End The Game," which featured Butwin on vocals.

After receiving local airplay in the Wilkes-Barre market, Synch got signed to Columbia Records, and "Where Are You Now" was re-recorded at The Warehouse in Philadelphia with former Dakota members Bill Kelly and Jerry Hludzik producing. The band would release the album "Get the Feelin"' in 1986 [http://www.aor-fm.com/bands/124_synch.aspx] , and "Where Are You Now" reached #77 on Billboard's Hot 100, but fell off the chart the following week. Synch was soon dropped from Columbia. They spent the next few years trying to recapture the spotlight, before disbanding, at which point Jimmy finally got his hair cut.

In 1989, the song resurfaced and began receiving a tremendous amount of airplay, with the song now credited as "Jimmy Harnen with Synch." WTG, a new label at the time, signed Jimmy and while the song was climbing the charts he began recording a full length release for the label. The song peaked at #10 on Billboard's Hot 100, and #3 on the Adult Contemporary Chart.

Harnen's debut album, "Can't Fight The Midnight" featured well-known studio musicians including future-American Idol judge Randy Jackson (bass), Toto's Steve Lukather (guitar) and a guest appearance by one of Harnen's idols, REO Speedwagon's Kevin Cronin. The album and tour flopped and Harnen spent the next couple of years releasing occasional songs and tapes until his move to Nashville, Tennessee.

There, he worked as the National Promotional Director for Dreamworks Records, and with management at Refugee Records. In early October, 2006, Harnen rose from Vice President of National Promotion to Senior Vice President of Promotion for Capitol Records.

External links

* [http://www.aaeg.com/JimmyBio.html American Artists Entertainment Group Biography]
* [http://melodicrock.nnm.ru/jimmy_harnen_cant_fight_the_midnight_ Additional Info about his first solo album]
* [http://www.aor-fm.com/bands/124_synch.aspx More Synch info]

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