Andre Harris

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André "Dre" Harris
Origin Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, US
Genres
Occupation(s)
Instruments
  • Drums
  • keyboards
  • fender rhodes
  • bass
Years active 1995–present
Associated acts

Andre "Dre" Harris is an American songwriter and record producer.

Biography[edit]

Born and raised in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Harris grew up in a city known for its contributions to this genre. Deriving his inspiration from the local musicians that played with a lot of the major artists that came out of the City of Brotherly Love, as well as his musical family, he started playing drums in the church when he was just seven years old. Harris kept with his love for music throughout his youth; eventually teaching himself to play piano, guitar and bass during his teenage years.

His professional break came when he was introduced to DJ Jazzy Jeff as a musician in the early 1990s, and began collaborating with him and other producers at his studio. There, Harris spent a lot of time in the studio working with local Philly acts that were a part of the city’s neo-soul scene. In 1995, Harris signed a production agreement with the legendary hip-hop DJ & producer, and became a part of his A Touch of Jazz team along with five other emerging producers. During the five years he spent under Jazzy Jeff's guidance, Harris worked with Jill Scott, Musiq Soulchild, Floetry, Will Smith, and Michael Jackson, to name a few.

In 2000, Harris and fellow A Touch of Jazz alumnus Vidal Davis decided to go off on their own and work as Dre & Vidal. The two were inspired by another famous Philadelphia songwriter/producer duo – Gamble & Huff. The writing and producing duo is credited with creating hits for Usher ("Caught Up"), Chris Brown ("Yo [Excuse Me Miss]), Ciara ("Oh"), Mariah Carey ("Clown"), Destiny's Child ("T-Shirt"), Musiq Soulchild ("Love"), Floetry ("Say Yes"), and Jill Scott ("The Way"), among others.

They went on to win two Grammy Awards in 2005 for their work on Alicia Keys’ The Diary of Alicia Keys, and Usher's Confessions. In 2009, they won a third Grammy Award for Best Contemporary R&B Album for Mary J. Blige's Growing Pains.

Since 2010, Harris has been working independently as a producer. Most recently, he lent his soulful production to Justin Bieber, Kanye West, Melanie Fiona, Mali Music, and Pharrell's I Am Other signee Cris Cab. He also co-executive produced Jill Scott's album Woman. Harris' signature style of mixing live instruments with studio production continues to be one of his most sought-after sounds.

Production discography[edit]

"All My Love Feat. Melanie Fiona", "Make Luv", "What A Fool Believes Better With Time", "All I See"

"Prayer", "Dear Self (Can I Talk To You)"

  • Crystal Aikin - "Lord, You Reign Forever"
  • Miguel - "To The Moon", "Hero", "Nothing"
  • Lalah Hathaway - "Strong Woman", "Lie To Me"
  • Kindred the Family Soul - "Stars", "Alright", "Rightfully So", "No Limit", "The Sheddington (Intro)", "Magic Happen", "Authentically You", "S.O.S. (Sense of Security)", "The Sheddington (Outro)", "Loving The Night", "One Day Soon", "Not Complaining", "Never Loved You More", "Drop The Bomb", "Look At What We Made", "What I've Learned"
  • Vivian Green - "Anything Out There", "I'm Not Prepared"
  • RichGirl -"Swagger Right"

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