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 38)
Chicago, Illinois, United States
Origin Los Angeles, United States
Genres Hip hop, R&B, pop, rock
Occupation(s) 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 Jonson, Christina Aguilera, John Legend, Macy Gray, Earth, Wind & Fire, Ginuwine, Sérgio Mendes
Website www.hpmusic.net

Keith Harris (born September 5, 1976) is Grammy Award-winning American record producer, songwriter and musician.[1][2]

Education[edit]

"Harris was born and raised in Chicago's South Side and got his start in music playing with the city's New Friendship Baptist Church gospel choir."[3]

Recalling to Modern Drummer Magazine how he started: "Harris survived being thrown to the lions thanks in part to how he got his start behind the kit – playing drums in his church’s band. “I come from a Gospel background,” he explains. “Having to learn songs fast is part of the everyday life of a church musician doing Gospel music. A lot of times we would do concerts where there was no sheet music and we had thirteen songs in different styles. So just being able to absorb music quickly and keep it locked in is how I’ve learned to approach music.”[4]

"At Chicago’s Curie performing arts high school, Harris picked up more important tools of the trade, building his sight-reading chops, honing the keyboard and bass skills he’d picked up in church, mastering concert percussion, and performing blazing drum solos with the advanced jazz band and stage bands. After high school, Harris attended Berklee College of Music in Boston, graduating with a degree in production and engineering. Armed with the skills and know-how to succeed on both sides of the music-making process, he relocated to New York to work as an engineer for Bad Boy Records hit maker Richard Younglord Frierson."[5]

Career[edit]

"Producer, songwriter and musician Keith Harris 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 native, Harris is best known for his drumming chops that round out the sounds of multi-platinum selling recording artists The Black Eyed Peas and Fergie. In addition, Harris' album credits read like a who's who of the music industry including Michael Jackson, Mary J. Blige, Mariah Carey, Christina Aguilera, Chris Brown, Pussycat Dolls, Earth Wind and Fire, John Legend and many more."[6]

DRUM! Magazine says of Harris: "the hottest drummer in hip-hop.. pocket provider."[7]

"Harris produced three tracks on the Peas' smash CD The E.N.D., including the Top Ten hit "Meet Me Halfway," which went Number One on the UK Singles Chart, and "Ring-A-Ling.""Imma Be" is the third single from the Peas record-breaking The E.N.D. to hit Number One. He worked on Fergie's 2006 solo smash The Dutchess.[8]

In 2007 Harris released the album entitled "The Band Behind The Front" with Bucky Jonson on the BBE label.[9]

Discography[edit]

will.i.am – It's My Birthday[edit]

  • "It's My Birthday" (writer)

Goapele – Strong As Glass[edit]

  • "Strong As Glass", "Hey Boy", "My Love", "Powerful", "Truth Is" (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

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)

EstelleShine[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 JonsonThe Band Behind The Front[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 and 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 Jonson 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]

  1. ^ EurPublisher (11 April 2013). "Grammy-winning Producer Keith Harris Shares How Prayer, Practice and Patience Led Him to the Black Eyed Peas". eurweb.com. Retrieved 1 December 2014. 
  2. ^ "Universal Music Publishing Group Signs GRAMMY-winning Keith Harris Co-writer/Co-producer of the No. 1 Single Black Eyed Peas 'Imma Be'". PRNewswire.com. 2 March 2013. Retrieved 1 December 2014. 
  3. ^ "Black Eyed Peas Keith Harris on ABC7". ABC News. 16 March 2010. Retrieved 1 December 2014. 
  4. ^ "Keith Harris with The Black Eyed Peas". ModernDrummer.com. 12 May 2004. Retrieved 1 December 2014. 
  5. ^ Styles, Stephen (17 December 2010). "The Black Eyed Peas’ Keith Harris". ModernDrummer.com. Retrieved 1 December 2014. 
  6. ^ "ARTISTS/WRITERS Keith Harris BIOGRAPHY". Universal Music Publishing Group. 2 March 2013. Retrieved 1 December 2014. 
  7. ^ Lentz, Andrew (July 2009). "Keith Harris: Soul In The Machine". DRUMmagazine.com. Retrieved 1 December 2014. 
  8. ^ "Black Eyed Peas Keith Harris on ABC7". ABC News. 16 March 2010. Retrieved 1 December 2014. 
  9. ^ "The Band Behind The Front". bbemusic.com. Retrieved 30 November 2014.