Artist bio

Los Angeles-based duo Johnnyswim has been selected as VH1s first-ever "You Oughta Know +" artist. The husband and wife team will receive long-term video support for their single "Heart Beats" and participate in VH1s Creative Music Integration initiative, where their music will be placed into a selection of VH1 programs. The duo will also be highlighted in custom on-air promotional spots, included in the "Top 20 Video Countdown" and numerous other VH1 outlets. Visit for more information.

Heart Beats, the highly anticipated new music from Johnnyswim, is available now on the independent label Big Picnic Records. The 6-song EP, which is currently #8 on iTunes New Artist Chart, follows the couples first release Home, Vol. 1 (2008) that garnered critical praise from The Tennessean explaining they "complement each other in both tone and aesthetic." Furthermore, the twosome was invited to perform on the "Today Show" stage in Charleston to promote the citys Spoleto Festival. See the performance here: To support the release, the pair performed at Bonnaroo and will continue to tour throughout the summer. See below for details.

Johnnyswim is Amanda Sudano and Abner Ramirez. Sudano was exposed to music at a young age with musicians as parents, while Ramirez studied music at Douglas Anderson School of the Arts in his native Jacksonville, Florida. Now based in Los Angeles, by way of Nashville, the two began writing and singing together in 2006 with similar influences of folk, soul, and rock. Of the new music Ramirez notes, "We wanted to honor some of the voices that have helped us find our own. Not just musically. A lot of the lyrical content was inspired by words and stories of ones we love. From 'Adelina, a song about the life of my mother, to 'Heart Beats, written during the time when Amanda lost her ownwe hope that every moment on this EP is colored with honesty and authenticity."