Keith Harris (record producer)

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Keith Harris
Keith Harris at the studio.jpg
Harris in the studio
Background information
Birth name Keith Harris
Born (1976-09-05) September 5, 1976 (age 37)
Chicago, Illinois, United States
Origin Los Angeles, California, United States
Genres Hip hop, R&B, pop, rock
Occupations musician, songwriter, producer,
Instruments drums, keyboards
Years active 2003–Present
Labels Harris Productions, A&M, Interscope, will.i.am Music Group
Associated acts Black Eyed Peas, Fergie, will.i.am, Michael Jackson, Jully Black, Murs, Chrisette Michele, Mariah Carey, Estelle, Chris Brown, Nicole Scherzinger, Busta Rhymes, Kelis, Mary J. Blige, Bucky Johnson, Christina Aguilera, John Legend, Macy Gray, Earth, Wind & Fire, Ginuwine, Sérgio Mendes
Website www.hpmusic.net

Keith Harris[1][2] (born September 5, 1976) is an American musical producer, songwriter and musician and is the driving force behind many top 10 singles and Grammy Award-winning hits. "Meet Me Halfway" and "Imma Be" by The Black Eyed Peas and Grammy winners "American Boy" by Estelle and "Be Okay" by Chrisette Michele are just a few. A Chicago[3][4] native, Harris is best known for his drumming chops[5] that round out the sounds of multi-platinum selling recording artists The Black Eyed Peas and Fergie. In addition, Harris's album credits read like a who's who of the music industry, including Michael Jackson, Mary J. Blige, Mariah Carey, Christina Aguilera, Chris Brown, The Pussycat Dolls, Earth, Wind and Fire, John Legend and many more.

In 1998 Harris graduated from Berklee College of Music in Boston with a degree in music production and engineering. While at Berklee, Harris met Bad Boy producer Richard Younglord Frierson. Frierson instantly recognized his musical gifts and took this young talent under his wing. Keith Harris says: “I’ve always been interested in music. As a young child, I would run to the TV during the commercials to watch them, and listen to the music. Once the regular program continued, I left the TV. Music is what I was called to do. I didn’t choose music, music chose me.”[6]

Discography[edit]

will.i.am - It's My Birthday[edit]

  • "It's My Birthday" (writer)

Goapele - Strong As Glass[edit]

  • "Hey Boy" (producer)

Leah McFall - Name of the album TBA[edit]

  • "Home" (producer)

Robin Thicke - Blurred Lines[edit]

Britney Spears - Britney Jean[edit]

will.i.am - #Willpower[edit]

  • "Love Bullets" (writer)

Usher - Looking 4 Myself[edit]

  • "Can’t Stop Won’t Stop" (producer)

Madonna - MDNA[edit]

  • "Gang Bang" (writer)

The Black Eyed Peas - The E.N.D. (Energy Never Dies)[edit]

2010 Grammy Winner for Best Pop Album

  • "Imma Be" x2 Plat (producer)
  • "Meet Me Halfway" x2 Plat (producer)
  • "Meet Me Halfway" x2 Plat (producer)
  • “Ring A Ling” (producer)
  • “Outta My Head” (writer)
  • “Where Ya Wanna Go” (writer)

Chrisette Michele - I Am[edit]

2009 Grammy Award for Best Urban/Alternative Performance

  • "Be Okay" (producer)
  • "Let’s Rock" (writer)

Murs - Murs for President[edit]

  • “Lookin Fly” (writer)

Mariah Carey - E=MC2[edit]

  • “Heat” (writer)

Estelle - Shine[edit]

2009 Grammy Award for Best Rap/Sung Collaboration Nominee for Song of The Year

Jully Black - Revival[edit]

2008 Juno Winner for Best R&B Album

  • Executive producer/ producer

Michael Jackson - Thriller 25[edit]

  • “The Girl Is Mine” (producer)
  • “P.Y.T.” (producer)

Chris Brown - Exclusive[edit]

  • “Picture Perfect” (writer, keyboards)

Nicole Scherzinger - Her Name is Nicole[edit]

  • “Baby Love” (writer, Rhodes)

will.i.am - Songs About Girls[edit]

  • “Will vs Superblack” (writer, synths)
  • ”Impatient” (writer, Rhodes)
  • ”Fly Girl” (writer, drums, Rhodes)

Busta Rhymes - The Big Bang[edit]

  • “I Love My Chick” (producer)

Fergie - The Dutchess[edit]

  • “All That I Got” (producer)
  • “Close To You” (producer)

Kelis - Kelis Was Here[edit]

  • “Till The Wheels Fall Off” (producer)
  • “Weekend” (writer)

Mary J. Blige - The Breakthrough[edit]

  • “About You” (writer)

The Black Eyed Peas - Monkey Business[edit]

  • “Dum Diddy” (producer)
  • “Bend Your Back” (writer)

Ginuwine - Back II da Basics[edit]

  • “In Da Club” (producer)

Sleepy Brown - Mr. Brown[edit]

  • “One of Dem Nights” (Writer, drums, bass)

Fergie - Poseidon Soundtrack[edit]

  • “Won’t Let You Fall” (writer)

Bucky Johnson - Bucky Johnson[edit]

  • Co-­producer and writer

God Made Me Funky - Enter the Beat[edit]

  • Producer

Musician credits[edit]

will.i.am[edit]

  • 2009 Inauguration Neighborhood Ball - Drums

AIRPUSHERS[edit]

  • “Hold The Onions” - Drums

The Black Eyed Peas[edit]

  • Drums, keys

Christina Aguilera[edit]

  • Drums

John Legend[edit]

  • Keyboards

Macy Gray[edit]

  • Drums, organ, bass

Earth, Wind & Fire[edit]

  • Drums

Mary J. Blige[edit]

  • Keyboards

Ginuwine[edit]

  • Keyboards

Sérgio Mendes[edit]

  • Ride and Fills

Ricky Martin[edit]

  • Drums

Busta Rhymes[edit]

  • Keyboards

Musical director[edit]

Will.i.am - #Willpower[edit]

Cheryl Cole - A Million Lights Tour 2012[edit]

CeeLo Green - Loberace Show 2013[edit]

Backstreet Boys - In a World Like This Tour 2013[edit]

Touring[edit]

  • 2003 – present, drummer for The Black Eyed Peas and Fergie

Press[edit]

Print[edit]

  • May 2010, In Tune Magazine, “The Write Stuff” feature
  • April 2010, Drumbead Magazine, “A Day In The Life”
  • February 2010, Music Connection Magazine clip of Keith Harris on stage marriage proposal
  • July 2009, Drum! Magazine, “Keith Harris, Soul in The Machine”
  • Vibe Magazine article on the Bucky Johnson forthcoming CD
  • September 2007, Drum! Magazine, Keith Harris article in the "Trial By Fire"
  • Modern Drummer Magazine, “Pocket Comes First”
  • 2005 Festival International de Jazz de Montreal
  • 2005 Rolling Stone, “Up In It”
  • 2005 Apple Pro/Music “Turning Ideas into Songs”
  • 2005 M-­‐Audio “On The Road With The Black Eyed Peas Band”

References[edit]