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About Jim Halsey

The original star maker, legendary music impresario Dr. Jim Halsey has set the standard in the music industry for over 60 years. In his honored career, he has guided; and in many cases discovered – world famous household names such as The Oak Ridge Boys, Roy Clark, Hank Thompson, Reba McEntire to name but a few.

He founded The Jim Halsey Music Business Institute with educational programs at universities in Oklahoma City and Tulsa, Oklahoma. He continued to develop the program in Nashville and beyond, collecting and curating interviews and information from leaders throughout the entertainment and music business.

Halsey has represented and guided the careers as a manager or booking agent – for nearly thirty members of the Country Music Hall of Fame, of whom countless ACM, CMA, GRAMMYs and number one singles and platinum albums have been awarded.

In 1990, he sold his agency and founded the Jim Halsey Music Business Institute, wanting to focus on helping others pursue their dreams and being successful in the music industry.

When he is not traveling, teaching, or writing, he lives in Tulsa, Oklahoma, with his wife Minisa.

hall of fame clients

Country Music Hall of Fame

  • 2015: Oak Ridge Boys
  • 2018: Dottie West
  • 2018: Johnny Gimble
  • 2017: Jerry Reed
  • 2014: Ronnie Milsap
  • 2014: Mac Wiseman
  • 2013: Bobby Bare
  • 2011: Reba McEntire
  • 2010: Don Williams
  • 2010: Ferlin Husky
  • 2009: Roy Clark
  • 2010: Jimmy Dean
  • 2007: Mel Tillis
  • 2005: Glen Campbell
  • 2003: Floyd Cramer
  • 2002: Porter Wagoner
  • 2001: Waylon Jennings
  • 1999: Conway Twitty
  • 1998: Tammy Wynette
  • 1997: Brenda Lee
  • 1989: Hank Thompson
  • 1996: Ray Price
  • 1994: Merle Haggard
  • 1993: Willie Nelson
  • 1992: George Jones
  • 1978: Grandpa Jones
  • 1977: Merle Travis
  • 1975: Minnie Pearl
  • 1964: Tex Ritter

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

  • 2011: Leon Russell
  • 2009: Wanda Jackson
  • 2003: Floyd Cramer
  • 2003: The Righteous Brothers
  • 2002: Brenda Lee
  • 1987: Carl Perkins
  • 1987: Ricky Nelson
  • 1987: Roy Orbison
  • 1986: James Brown
  • 1986: Jerry Lee Lewis

Oklahoma Hall of Fame

  • 2015: Jim Halsey
  • 2014: Wanda Jackson
  • 1998: Reba McEntire
  • 1982: Roy Clark

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