As one of the most successful songwriting/production teams in modern musical history, Terry Lewis along with his partner Jimmy Jam have penned hits for music superstars including Janet Jackson, Michael Jackson, Celine Dion, Usher, Sting, Gwen Stefani, Mary J. Blige, Mariah Carey, Yolanda Adams, and many more.
The 5-time Grammy winning duo has crafted distinctive, memorable and instantly engaging songs for over three decades. Crossing stylistic boundaries, from pop, rock, and soul, to rap, hip-hop and dance they have fashioned a sound completely their own. With more Billboard Number Ones than any other songwriting and production team in history, they have produced 16 Billboard Hot 100 No. 1 hits, and 26 Billboard R&B No. 1 hits. They are among a handful of producers to have No. 1 records in three consecutive decades and have had 41 songs reach the Top 10 of the Billboard Hot 100,
They first met in Minneapolis in 1972 and were signed by Prince 1981 as members of the seminal group, The Time. While members of The Time, the pair was tapped by Tabu Records Chairman Clarence Avant to produce the SOS Band, which resulted in chart topping hits, "Just Be Good To Me," and "Tell Me if you Still Care" launching them as full time songwriter/producers.
By the mid-eighties they became the most sought-after collaborators in music, thanks largely to their work with Janet Jackson on her 1986 breakthrough album, Control, which earned them a Producer of the Year Grammy. Three years later they followed it up another multi-platinum smash for Janet, Rhythm Nation 1814. By that time the duo had also racked up such chart toppers as Force M.D.'s "Tender Love" and legendary trumpeter Herb Alpert's hits "Keep Your Eye On Me" and “Diamonds." Their widespread musical approach included such diverse artists as R&B singers Cherrelle and Alexander O’Neal, British New Wave pioneers, Human League, legendary soul singers Gladys Knight and Patti LaBelle and iconic Pop legends Rod Stewart, Elton John and Sting.
The duo formed Flyte Tyme Productions (music production), Flyte Tyme Tunes (music publishing) as well as their own label, Perspective Records, which included the powerful gospel choir Sounds of Blackness, whose debut release, The Evolution of Gospel, was another Grammy winner.
The pair has also received Oscar and Golden Globe nominations and composed music for the 1996 Atlanta Olympics. They been named ASCAP Songwriters of the Year 9 times, are recipients of the Lifetime Achievement Award from the NAACP, and have a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Lewis and his partner recently completed composing and music producing the critically acclaimed “The New Edition Story” miniseries for BET which drew over 29 million viewers.
The Duo were inducted into the Song Writers Hall Of Fame in 2017.