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JOHNNYSWIM is the husband-and-wife duo of Abner Ramirez and Amanda Sudano. The pair met in Nashville in 2005, instituting a songwriting partnership not long afterward. They clicked together musically and personally, beginning a romantic relationship along with their creative connection. Choosing the name Johnnyswim (for obvious reasons), they released their debut EP, 1-4, in 2008. The couple married in 2009 and relocated to Los Angeles. A second EP, called 5-8, appeared in 2010, supported by tours along with residencies in New York and Los Angeles. Home, Vol. 1, a third EP emphasizing their folk roots, arrived in 2012. Soon, they began getting attention from fashion brands, including icons Tommy Hilfiger and Louis Vuitton and attracting the interest of labels.  JOHNNYSWIM excitedly decided to sign with Big Picnic, distributed by Sony/RED, and began touring regularly and appearing on TV shows ranging from VH1’s You Oughta Know Concert to NBC’s Tonight Show to having the theme song on HGTV’s Fixer Upper. In 2014, they released their first full length record DIAMONDS, which charted number one on the Singer/Songwriter chart for weeks. The duo will release a live album recorded at Rockwood Music Hall in New York City in October of 2015 and plan to release their Sophomore album in spring 2016. If you’ve read this much you deserve a reward. Not sure what it should be. For now, here’s a solid “Congratulations”!!

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What's Up at the Belly Up this week features JohnnySwim - Amanda Sudano and Abner Ramirez! This episode felt less like a recording and more like a hangout with friends which I guess is the point! Light cyber stalking does pay off folks - not only are these two a super successful musical duo but they are married with an adorable child. We talk about songwriting in Nashville, how the name JohnnySwim came about, and having nice manners. They played here on their Christmas Tour but Christmas is over. We drank Mexican Mules thank you to Beertender Brit.


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