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|Birth name||Michael Harvey, Jr|
1 May 1979 |
Plymouth, Devon, England
|Genres||UK garage, hip hop|
|Occupation(s)||MC, footballer, actor|
|Associated acts||So Solid Crew|
Michael Harvey, Jr (born 1 May 1979 in Plymouth, Devon), better known as MC Harvey or simply Harvey, is an English rapper, actor, television personality and former non-League footballer. He first came to fame in the early 2000s as a member of English rap group So Solid Crew before then pursuing a solo career in 2008. In 2012, he was a contestant on Celebrity Big Brother 10.
Harvey is the son of Michael Harvey, a bodybuilder and former Gladiators participant "Bullit". Harvey (Snr) owns a record label, Artiste Promotion & Management (APM), to which Harvey was once signed.
So Solid Crew
Growing up on the Plough Road area of Battersea in South London, Harvey was one of the founder members of UK garage collective So Solid Crew.So Solid Crew's first album They Don't Know was released in October 2001, followed by a remix album entitled Fuck It in December 2001. They also had tracks on the UK garage CD series Pure Garage. In 2002 Harvey and the rest of So Solid Crew were the subject of the Channel 4 television documentary, This Is So Solid, directed and narrated by David Upshal. This was later released on DVD by Universal along with a live performance.
After leaving the band, Harvey released his first solo single, "Get Up and Move", which went into the charts at number 24. His debut album Back to the Beginning was released in 2008 and produced singles "Excuse Me Miss", which featured Romeo and Asher D, and "If I Was Your Man", featuring Nathan. The album failed to chart.
It 2011 Harvey released Hot Gyal Ft. Mista Brown and Gyptian, which was a big hit on the clubscene. In 2012 he released another song called "Finally Along" with Lady Lesharr and former footballer Leon McKenzie; a new album is to follow. The same night he entered Big Brother he released a new mixtape that is available to download from his Twitter.
He made his theatre début in London's West End in the musical Daddy Cool in 2006.
He joined the line-up of Angie Le Mar's play The Brothers at the Hackney Empire in 2008. The play was broadcast on MTV Base. He also had a hit show on MTV Base called The Young Gods of Comedy. He visited Robertsbridge Community College as a motivational speaker about the music industry, singing songs and inviting students to show their rapping skills.
Harvey has also appeared on reality TV shows The Games on Channel Four in 2003 (which he won) and several series of The Match on Sky One. He has also appeared on Never Mind the Buzzcocks, Newsnight and has hosted the dance competition Bump 'n Grind on the youth cable channel Trouble and Footballers' Pads on Sky One.
In 2007, Harvey appeared on The Weakest Link Music Extravaganza Special, and was the fourth contestant voted off. In 2008, he participated in Channel 4 show Celebrity Come Dine with Me, along with Jonathan Ansell, Tamara Beckwith and Lynsey de Paul, finishing joint first with Ansell. In summer 2012 he was a contestant on Celebrity Big Brother 10, Harvey made the final on 7 September 2012 Day 24 after never facing eviction during his entire stay within the Big Brother house. He was the first to leave the house on finale night finishing in 6th place.
Harvey supports Liverpool and has also been a non-league footballer. He has played for AFC Wimbledon, Aldershot Town and Lewes. He was signed by the Conference South side St Albans City in 2007 but left because of work commitments.
Harvey began dating singer Alesha Dixon in 2000 and the two were married in June 2005. In November 2006, the couple split following Harvey's affair with singer Javine Hylton. They would later star in a West End version of Daddy Cool. Hylton gave birth to their daughter, Angel Hylton Harvey, in February 2008.
So Solid Crew
- Back to the Beginning (2008)
- Christian Bale (2013)
- FIFA Street (2005)
- Official Myspace
- Biography on BBC website
- Daddy Cool website
- BBC: So Solid Crew MC Harvey
- MC Harvey at the Internet Movie Database