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Origin Nashville, Tennessee, United States
Genres Folk, soul, blues, pop
Years active 2005–present
Associated acts Bruce Sudano, Donna Summer, Brooklyn Sudano
Members Amanda Sudano
Abner Ramirez

Johnnyswim is an American folk, soul, blues, pop music duo, consisting of singer-songwriters Amanda Sudano and Abner Ramirez.[1] The duo formed in 2005 in Nashville, Tennessee, United States.[1]


Ramirez trained as a musician at Douglas Anderson School of the Arts in his native Jacksonville, Florida.[2] Sudano spent summers touring the world as a backing singer for her mother Donna Summer.[3]

Ramirez and Sudano first met after Sunday service at a church in Nashville, Tennessee.[1] Four years later in 2005 Sudano attended a songwriting workshop held by Ramirez and became interested in writing songs with him.[1][4]

The pair formed a songwriting partnership and called themselves Johnnyswim.[1] Ramirez has joked that the name Johnnyswim comes from an anecdote about Sudano's childhood pet, a goldfish name Johnny.[5] When the fish died, he floated to the top of his bowl and Sudano's mother tried to dispose of before Sudano found out.[5] However, Sudano walked in and cried out,"No wait - he's alive! Johnny, swim!"[5]


Johnnyswim independently released their first self-titled EP on June 30, 2008.[6]

In 2009, the duo collaborated with Bruce Sudano on the track Morning Song which appeared on his record Life and the Romantic.[7]

In 2010, they released their second EP, 5-8 and toured around the country.[4]

2011 saw the release of the single Bonsoir.[6] In September that year, the duo traveled to India with[8] Inspired by their experiences there, they wrote the track Hallelujah which was released in December 2011 with 100% of the profits going to the efforts of the charity.[9]

In 2012, they released their third EP, Home, Vol. 1.[4] The unsigned duo hit their stride and received support from major brands like Apple, Louis Vuitton and Tommy Hilfiger.[4]

April 24, 2012 saw the release of Home, Vol. 1 a new collection of songs as well as the release of the single Annie.[10]

Johnnyswim were guests on the November 17, 2012 broadcast of the live radio variety show A Prairie Home Companion.[11] They also appeared on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno on July 15, 2013.[12]

Johnnyswim performed "Don't Let It Get You Down" from their album Heart Beats on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson on Friday, September 13, 2013.[4]

The duo signed a recording contract with Big Picnic Records.[13]

In 2014, Johnnyswim released their first full-length record, Diamonds.[4][13] Diamonds held the number one spot on the Singer/Songwriter chart for several weeks.[4]

Johnnyswim were guests on February 13, 2014, episode 65 of the program Live From Daryl's House, joining Daryl Hall and the house band in performing seven songs.[14]

In April 2014, Johnnyswim performed a Tiny Desk Concert at NPR's All Songs Considered.[15]

In 2016, they released a live album Live At Rockwood Music Hall.[4]


The duo married in 2009.[4] At a concert in Portland, Oregon, on November 5, 2014, the pair announced they are expecting their first child. Their son, Joaquin Emmanuel Ramirez, was born in February 2015. They reside in Los Angeles, California.


  • Diamonds (2014)
  • A Johnnyswim Christmas (2014)
  • JOHNNYSWIM Live At Rockwood Music Hall (2016)
  • Georgia Pond (2016)
  • Johnnyswim (2008)[6]
  • Home, Vol. 1 (2012)[6]
  • Heart Beats (2013)
  • "You're Not Gonna Leave Me Here" (2008)
  • "Letting Go" (2008)[6]
  • "Why'd You Do It" (2008)[6]
  • "Away I Go" (2008)[6]
  • "Good News" (2008)[6]
  • "Morning Song" (2009) with Bruce Sudano, Life and the Romantic.
  • "Bonsoir" (2011)[6]
  • "Hallelujah" (featuring Tulsi) in fundraising efforts for Visiting Orphans, a non-profit organization (2011)[6]
  • "Heart Beats" (2012)[6]
  • "Adelina" (2012)[6]
  • "Home" (2012)[6]
  • "Annie" (2012)[6]


  1. ^ a b c d e "Johnnyswim: The Duo You Need In Your Life". Interview. Retrieved May 26, 2012. 
  2. ^ Wilbur, Shae (June 23, 2011). "JOHNNYSWIM on FOX30 Action News". FOX30 Action News. Retrieved May 28, 2012. 
  3. ^ Williams, Kam. "Rain: An Interview with Brooklyn Sudano". Retrieved May 27, 2012. 
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h i "We Are Johnnyswim". Retrieved 9 June 2016. 
  5. ^ a b c Kiernan, Eaddy. "Couple Collaborations: Johnnyswim's Abner Ramirez and Amanda Sudano". Interview. Retrieved June 6, 2013. 
  6. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n Abner Ramirez, Amanda Sudano. "Johnnyswim iTunes". Johnnyswim. Retrieved May 29, 2012. 
  7. ^ Tennessean Music Team. "Bruce Sudano's 'Wedding Day' rings bells with listeners". The Tennessean. Archived from the original on 12 January 2016. Retrieved May 27, 2012. 
  8. ^ "Johnnyswim". Visiting Orphans. Retrieved May 27, 2012. 
  9. ^ Abner Ramirez, Amanda Sudano. "We are so proud to present our new single...". Johnnyswim Blog. Retrieved May 26, 2012. 
  10. ^ Sanfiorenzo, Dimas. "Johnnyswim "Annie" (New Video)". Global Grind. Retrieved May 31, 2012. 
  11. ^ "November 17, 2012". 2012-11-17. Retrieved 2016-02-01. 
  12. ^ "Search for johnnyswim". Retrieved 2016-02-01. 
  13. ^ a b "Johnnyswim". Big Picnic Records. Retrieved 9 June 2016. 
  14. ^ "Episode 65: JOHNNYSWIM :: Live From Daryl's House with Daryl Hall :: Current Episode". Retrieved 2016-02-01. 
  15. ^ Thompson, Stephen. "Johnnyswim: Tiny Desk Concert". Retrieved 2016-02-01. 

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