Devo Springsteen

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Devo Springsteen
Birth name Devon Harris
Born (1977-12-09) December 9, 1977 (age 37)
Origin Columbus, Georgia,
United States
Genres R&B, Rap, Pop
Occupation(s) Producer, Songwriter, DJ
Years active 1994–present
Labels Astor Place Music / GOOD Music / Geffen Records
Website MySpace

Devon Harris (born December 9, 1977 in Columbus, GA), better known as Devo Springsteen, is a Grammy Award winning producer, songwriter, and entrepreneur.[1] Springsteen launched the career of multi-platinum selling recording artist John Legend by signing him to Kanye West’s GOOD Music in 2003. Springsteen produced and co-wrote "So High", "Live It Up", and "Refuge (When it’s Cold Outside)" from Legend’s freshman album Get Lifted. Springsteen has also produced songs for The Last Poets, Ol' Dirty Bastard, Rhymefest, Estelle, Consequence, and won the Best Rap Song Grammy in 2006 for his production of "Diamonds (from Sierra Leone)" with Kanye West. In addition, he is a well known DJ featured at events in London, Sydney, Nairobi, Tokyo, and Johannesburg.

Biography[edit]

Devo Springsteen grew up in many different regions of the U.S. and lived in Germany for five years because both of his parents were in the U.S. Army. He graduated high school from The Pembroke Hill School in Kansas City, Missouri and shortly after attended the University of Pennsylvania. At Penn, he wrestled and played football but also was active in the Philly club scene - DJing at clubs and parties as well as hosting local radio shows including WPPR and WQHS FM. After graduating from Penn’s Wharton School with a degree in Economics and Strategic Management, he moved to New York in 2000 with college roommate John Stephens (John Legend). A couple of months after Springsteen moved to New York, he was made aware by his Aunt that his cousin (Kanye West) was also to move to New York. Springsteen helped Kanye become adjusted to his new life and soon found himself working full-time at a venture capital firm and part-time on music assisting Kanye West with his production company, G.O.O.D. Music (then called Konman Productions). Devo Springsteen accurately recognized the benefits in linking Legend with West and successfully got John Legend signed to Kanye’s G.O.O.D. Music record label in 2003. He holds an MBA degree from Columbia Business School.

Springsteen’s influences include Stevie Wonder, the Beatles, The Doors, Michael Jackson, Rick Rubin, Timbaland, Dr. Dre, and Kanye West.

Not only has Devo Springsteen written and produced for major label artists, but he has also done music for companies such as MTV, Dr Pepper, and MTV2. He has appeared on MTV Base, BET Style, and VH1. Springsteen was featured as a guest DJ on BET’s Rap City.

More recently, Devo Springsteen produced and co-wrote "Stereo" which appears in John Legend’s 2006 second album Once Again. He also produced and co-wrote "Let There Be Light" on Nas’s recent release Hip Hop Is Dead and "Misunderstood" on Common's new album, Finding Forever.

Springsteen also co-wrote the track "Let Go" with Britney Spears and Tom Craskey. The song appeared on the demo version of Britney's album Blackout.

In 2008, Springsteen collaborated with John Legend on "If You're Out There" which appears in John Legend's third studio album Evolver. The song was also used as President Barack Obama's campaign theme song and was performed at the 2008 Democratic National Convention.

Devo Springsteen founded his own label, Champion Sound Entertainment, which will begin operation and distribution in 2009.

In 2010, Reservoir Media Management acquired 100% of Springsteen's publishing assets which had formerly been administered by TVT Music Enterprises, LLC.[2]

Astor Place Music[edit]

Astor Place Music is Springsteen’s multimedia and production company which specializes in innovative marketing campaigns and products connecting corporations with the youth demographic. For example, Astor Place Music launched and executive produces The Good Life mixtape series with Bacardi Big Flavors, which features G.O.O.D. Music artists.

Discography[edit]

Singles[edit]

Year Title (Album) Artist/Project Label Released
2008 "If You're Out There" John Legend Sony/Columbia
2008 "Association" Nas The N Mixtape
2008 "The Promise" Deborah Cox Deco Recording Group
2008 "You Know Where My Heart Is" Deborah Cox Deco Recording Group
2007 "What Y'all Came To Do" Aretha Franklin J Records
2007 "Misunderstood" (Finding Forever) Common GOOD Music
2007 "Always Lovin' You" Kreesha Turner Virgin
2007 "Celebrate" Cassidy J Records
2007 "To Love, Let Go"[3] Britney Spears Jive Records
2007 "Sweeter" Estelle Homeschool/Atlantic
2007 "Come Together" Estelle Homeschool/Atlantic
2007 "Blowin' My Phone Up" Consequence Sony/Columbia
2006 "Let There Be Light" (Hip Hop Is Dead) Nas IDJ/Sony/Def Jam
2006 "Stereo" (Once Again) John Legend Sony/Columbia
2006 "My Love, My Life" GLC GOOD Music
2006 "When I Was..." Rhymefest J Records
2006 "Back In The Day" The Last Poets Jambetta
2005 "Diamonds from Sierra Leone" (Late Registration) Kanye West Roc-a-fella/IDJ
2004 "Refuge (When It's Cold Outside)" (Get Lifted) John Legend Sony/Columbia
2004 "So High" (Get Lifted) John Legend Sony/Columbia
2004 "Live It Up" (Get Lifted) John Legend Sony/Columbia
2004 "Sunkist Sunlab Radio" Dr Pepper/Sunkist Soda Radio Spot
2004 "And You Say" Consequence SureShot Records
2003 "Summer Beach House Direct Effect Theme" MTV TV Spot

Mixtapes[edit]

  • 2006, "Bacardi Big Apple & Devo Springsteen Present: The Good Life"

Grammy Award history[edit]

Year Category Song/Album Artist Result
2006 Best Rap Song "Diamonds from Sierra Leone" Kanye West Won
2006 Best Rap Album Late Registration Kanye West Won
2006 Best R&B Album Get Lifted John Legend Won
2006 Best Album Late Registration Kanye West Nominated

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Interactive Video". Ochre. Retrieved 2013-08-03. 
  2. ^ [1][dead link]
  3. ^ BMI Repertoire @ BMIRepertoire