Harnen chats with Jim Asker about running the label that includes Florida Georgia Line & reminisces about his own chart success in 1989 with beloved ballad "Where Are You Now."
Jimmy Harnen, Big Machine Label Group executive vice president and BMLG Records president, is a rare find in Nashville. He's the only Music Row executive who is also a one-hit wonder, a moniker of which he's quite proud.
On the latest Chart Beat Podcast, Harnen joins Billboard country, Christian, gospel and bluegrass chart manager Jim Asker to discuss his evolution from drummer in his high school marching band to scoring a top 10 hit single on the Billboard Hot 100 and subsequently becoming one of Nashville's music industry leaders.
Harnen joined the Big Machine Label Group as president of Republic Records Nashville (now BMLG Records) in 2009, reuniting with chairman/CEO Scott Borchetta, who had previously hired him at DreamWorks Records. (Thanks to his earlier career as an artist, Harnen had become a quick study on how songs were promoted to radio.) Harnen was integral in signing The Band Perry, as well as Florida Georgia Line. Today, as head of BMLG Records, Harnen oversees an artist roster that includes FGL, Cassadee Pope, Brett Young, A Thousand Horses and Ryan Follese.