Mother Norma Mendoza singer, songwriter and vocal coach released a single titled Souvenirs (Firebird 108) and a album titled All About Norma both on the Firebird label in 1960 and also a single with Jimmy Wisner on the Decca label in 1966 titled The Girl On The Beach . Her recordings were pressed in small numbers and are very collectible today. In her retirement she still gives vocal lessions and JPW is currently one of her students.
Father Jimmy Wisner to insiders, is known as "The Wiz," having produced, arranged, written and/or conducted more than 100 hit records earning 36 Gold and 22 Platinum awards. Wisner worked with artists including Judy Garland, Frankie Avalon, Chubby Checker, Nat Adderley, Tony Bennett, Carly Simon, Barbra Streisand and many others.
Following in his father’s footsteps, James Paul Wisner is a multi gold record producer and mixer.
He has produced and mixed some of the most genre influencing bands of recent times including Under Oath’s ground breaking “They’re Only Chasing Safety”, Dashboard Confessional’s seminal “The Places You Have Come to Fear the Most” as well as Further Seems Forever’s “The Moon is Down”. Other notable bands he has produced and/or mixed are: Paramore, Hands Like Houses, The Academy Is, There For Tomorrow and Go Radio.
“Coming from a musical family, I learned to play multiple instruments at an early age including piano,guitar,bass and drums which I usually add to the projects I work on.
My mission is to create music that moves people and to encourage bands and artists to be their best and express themselves authentically while achieving their goals. My passion is to work with bands to create something special and unique as well as commercially viable.”
His passion for creating great music continues with bands like Hands Like Houses including their upcoming record on Rise Records, “Dissonants”.