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, 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 that emphasized their country roots, arrived in 2012. By this point they started getting attention from various hip quarters, including fashion icons Tommy Hilfiger and Louis Vuitton, which in turn attracted the interest of labels. Soon, Johnnyswim signed with Big Picnic, distributed by Sony/RED. Following this signing, Johnnyswim worked regularly, appearing on TV ranging from VH1's Mob Wives to NBC's Tonight Show, and they continued to work on their full-length debut, Heart Beats, which was scheduled for release in early 2014.