Jerry Harvey (born 1961) is an American audio engineer best known for co-inventing a line of custom two-speaker in-ear monitors with Karl Cartwright in 1995. That same year he founded Ultimate Ears and in 2007 JH Audio. He has worked as a sound engineer for Van Halen, Kiss, Morrissey, the Cult, the Knack, David Lee Roth, Mötley Crüe, k.d., and many others. Long and Lincoln Park.
Jerry Harvey was born in 1961 and grew up in St. Louis, Missouri. He first came to prominence in the music industry in 1980 when the rock tour Gland Slam Superjam, starring April Wine, Judas Priest and Sammy Hagar, performed at Busch Stadium in St. Louis. While Harvey was working on his red 1978 Pontiac Trans Am, Chagall’s men found him on the street and asked him to borrow the car and get free tickets. Then they drove Harvey’s car to the stage to listen to Chagall’s national anthem, “Trans Am.”
The show’s promoters gave Harvey a job running errands, which led to Harvey being on tour with local band The Agents. He soon became the band’s lighting and eventually sound engineer, though he was still a minor at most venues. Harvey soon began touring the world mixing for artists such as Kiss, Morrissey and The Cult.
Harvey met David Lee Roth at a bar in 1986 and soon began mixing for Roth and then for Van Halen on tour. According to Inc. Magazine: “Harvey sat behind a black ledge on stage left, and his job was essentially to make sure the band members liked what they heard (not the people behind the band. The big board outside). The crowd , which only needs to please the drunken crowd).