Rich Harrison

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Rich Harrison
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Background information
Born 1978 (age 35–36)
Origin Washington, D.C., U.S.
Genres R&B, go-go, hip hop, funk
Occupations Producer, songwriter
Instruments Percussion, piano, trumpet
Years active 1999–present
Labels Richcraft Records
Associated acts Amerie, Lionell Davis, Lorenzo Lynch, Ron Harrison, Chucky Thompson

Rich Harrison (born in 1978) is an American record producer and songwriter from Washington, D.C., specializing in R&B and hip hop music.

The winner of a Grammy Award, Harrison is well known for producing songs such as "Get Right" (by Jennifer Lopez), "1 Thing" (by Amerie) and "Crazy in Love", performed by Beyoncé Knowles and Jay-Z.[1]

Early life and education[edit]

A classically trained pianist and trumpet player, from an early age Harrison demonstrated an liked to play music he heard on the radio. He attended Howard University in Washington, D.C. and graduated with degrees in history and communications in 2001.[2]

Career[edit]

Harrison's first big music deal came in 1999 when Harrison worked with Mary J. Blige on "Beautiful One" for her album Mary. In 2001, he created his own production company, Richcraft Inc., and immediately wrote and produced Amerie's debut album, All I Have. In 2004 he won a Grammy Award for Beyoncé Knowles' "Crazy in Love" and a nomination for his work on Usher's Confessions album.

Harrison was back in the spotlight early in 2005 to work with Amerie, and produced Amerie's "1 Thing", from her album Touch, known for its infectious breakbeats and Amerie's unconventional vocals. A similar beat was used by Harrison for Toni Braxton's "Take This Ring" from her 2005 album Libra both tracks include elements of go-go (mainly in the strong, funky drumming with added percussion). New York Times call him "one of R&B's most exciting producers".[3]

Harrison is currently involved in projects with 50 Cent, Tweet, Missy Elliott, Eve, Brandy, Young Steff and Dawn Robinson, and is still assisting the South Korean pop singer Se7en with his first American album, assisted by his producer Lionell Davis.[4]

Harrison has been approached by many artists to assist with album productions, but it appears he is now focusing his time on his own artists, such as Yonug Steff and girl group RichGirl. There is a possibility that he may be appearing on Toni Braxton's forthcoming album.

Other works include tracks for Claudette Ortiz's solo album, 3LW's latest and as yet unreleased album and tracks that may appear on 50 Cent's next album. It was reported that Rich Harrison is working once again with Jennifer Lopez.

Production discography[edit]

1999[edit]

Mary J. BligeMary

2001[edit]

Mary J. Blige – No More Drama

  • 15. In the Meantime

2002[edit]

AmerieAll I Have

  • 01. "Why Don't We Fall In Love"
  • 02. "Talkin' to Me"
  • 03. "Nothing Like Loving You"
  • 04. "Can't Let Go"
  • 05. "Need You Tonight"
  • 06. "Got to Be There"
  • 07. "I Just Died"
  • 08. "Hatin' on You"
  • 09. "Float"
  • 10. "Show Me"
  • 11. "All I Have"
  • 12. "Outro"
  • 13. "Just What I Needed to See" (Japanese bonus track)

Kelly Rowland - Simply Deep

2003[edit]

Tha RayneReign Supreme

Beyoncé KnowlesDangerously in Love

2004[edit]

UsherConfessions

Destiny's ChildDestiny Fulfilled

2005[edit]

Jennifer LopezRebirth

Christina MilianBe Cool soundtrack

  • 08. "Ain't No Reason"

Amerie – Touch

Missy Elliott - The Cookbook

  • 10. "Can't Stop"

Pussycat Dolls - PCD

Toni Braxton - Libra

2006[edit]

Christina Milian - So Amazin'

  • 11. "Wind You Up"

Christina Aguilera - Back to Basics

Beyoncé - B'Day

DiddyPress Play

Mos DefTru3 Magic

2007[edit]

Che'NelleThings Happen for a Reason

  • 10. "Summer Jam"

2008[edit]

Jean GraeJeanius

  • 15. "That's What's Up Now" (Bonus track)

2011[edit]

Marsha AmbrosiusLate Nights & Early Mornings

Jennifer HudsonI Remember Me

Eric Roberson - Mister Nice Guy

  • 01. Mister Nice Guy

RichGirlRichGirl

RichGirlFall in Love with RichGirl

Unreleased[edit]

3LW

  • "Do Ya"
  • "No Matter What"
  • "Senses"

Amerie

  • "Love's Off the Chain"

Cynthia Lissette

  • "Don't Wanna Go"
  • "What U Say"

Gwen Stefani

  • "Parental Advisory"[5]

Janet Jackson

  • "Clap Your Hands"[6]
  • "Pops Up"[7]
  • "Speed It Up (Put It On Me)"[6]
  • "What Can I Say"[6]

Mary J. Blige

  • "Outta My Head"

Natasha Ramos

  • "Here I Am"

RichGirl

  • "Pimp Cup" (featuring Snoop Dogg)
  • "Foolish"
  • "Treasures"
  • "Blowin' Up Phones"
  • "Millionaire"

Se7en

Usher

Young Steff

  • "Dat Gurl Right"
  • "Don't Trip"
  • "Feeling Myself" (featuring Brave)
  • "Put That on Everything"

References[edit]

  1. ^ Rich Harrison
  2. ^ Artist Profile - Rich Harrison
  3. ^ New York Times on Rich Harrison
  4. ^ English.kbs.co.kr
  5. ^ Vineyard, Jennifer (2005-12-05). "Gwen Stefani Holding Off On That Second Solo LP — For Now, Anyway". MTV News. MTV.com. Retrieved 2011-06-30. 
  6. ^ a b c "New Songs: Janet Jackson – ‘Clap Your Hands’ & ‘What Can I Say’". ThatGrapeJuice.net. 2008-12-16. Retrieved 2011-07-01. 
  7. ^ "POPS UP (BMI Work #8088359)". Broadcast Music Incorporated (BMI). Retrieved 2011-06-30. 
  8. ^ Kee, Li (2007-04-08). "Premature release". Eastern Express. Ecentral.com. Retrieved 2011-06-30. 
  9. ^ "DAT GIRL RIGHT THERE (BMI Work #10078815)". Broadcast Music Incorporated (BMI). Retrieved 2011-06-30. 
  10. ^ "GET RIGHT (BMI Work #7217936)". Broadcast Music Incorporated (BMI). Retrieved 2011-06-30. 
  11. ^ "WHATEVER I WANT (BMI Work #6944146)". Broadcast Music Incorporated (BMI). Retrieved 2011-06-30. 

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