Jim Klein

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Jim Klein
Associate Professor and Program Director, Music Industry
URBN Center, 260E
Phone: 215-895-1380

Jim Klein has had a variety of roles in his 30-year career in the music industry. As Chief Engineer of Platinum Island recording studios in Manhattan, he recorded hundreds of projects including dozens of albums, jingles, and film/television scores. He has worked on projects for Michael Jackson, Rick Derringer, Bernard Edwards (Chic, Power Station, Madonna), Mantronix, Miramax Films, Epic, CBS, Island, Atlantic, Warner Brothers, Atco, Orion Pictures, and many others.

As a songwriter, Jim was signed to a major songwriting deal with Famous Music and has had over two dozen major label cuts; with several reaching the Billboard Hot 100 singles charts. He has produced dozens of projects, the most notable being Pajama Party (Atlantic). He produced, engineered, and performed on the dance trio's two albums yielding three chart singles and selling nearly a million records. He has also written songs for Billy Squier (Capitol/EMI), Brenda K. Starr (MCA), Sweet Sensation (Atco), Alisha (MCA), Nona Hendryx, Natasha's Brother (Atlantic) and others.

He has written hundreds of commercial jingles and underscores for clients like Coke, ATT, MCI, Bennigan's, Midas, Pillsbury, Bacardi, Canon, Glad, Canon, Secret, Bounty, and many others. His underscore work has been featured on television shows including the Beijing, 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, and dozens more.

Jim has worked as composer on the television series' Pete and Pete (Nickelodeon), The Wubbulous World of Dr. Suess (Nickelodeon), and All My Children (ABC).

Nominated seven times, he received Daytime Emmy awards in 2003 and 2005 for his work on ABC's All My Children and continues to be a featured composer for the show. He owns J2R Music, a music publishing company that supplies music to the film and television community. He is also a member of ASCAP, BMI, SESAC, NARAS, and the Screen Actor's Guild.

BA from Oberlin College