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Andreao "Fanatic" Heard
Background information
Birth nameAndreao Heard
Also known as"Fanatic", "Billie Lenox"
BornGreensboro, North Carolina
OriginNew York
GenresPop, R&B, Hip hop
Occupation(s)Producer, songwriter, singer, musical artist
Years active1987–present

Andreao "Fanatic" Heard (also known as Billie Lenox) is a record producer and a musical artist from Greensboro, North Carolina.[1]

Musical career[edit]

Discovered by Vincent Herbert, Andreao moved to New York City, where he connected with P. Diddy and became a part of his "Hitmen" production team and produced records for the Notorious B.I.G. and Ma$e.

In 1997 Andreao produced "Crush on You" for Lil’ Kim and "'Yall Know'" for Will Smith’s debut solo album, that sold ten million copies "Big Willie Style."

In 2001 he produced the song "Heaven Can Wait" for Michael Jackson.

Andreao Heard received recognition from the Grammy association for his participation as a producer on Beyoncé's 2003 debut solo GRAMMY Award-winning album "Dangerously in Love,"[2][3] Fanatic also contributed as a producer on Anthony Hamilton's 2013 Grammy nominated album "Back To Love".[4]

In 2019, Heard collaborated with Reynard Pringle, Mayor Nancy Vaughn and local artists in Greensboro, NC, to produce, A&R, and executive produce the "Artists United to End Poverty" album.[5] This album features original material in various genres of music as well as interludes of spoken word [6] by spiritual leaders, community activists. It was released on September 9, 2019, jointly by Heard's non-profit and entertainment company, The Culture Pushers[7] and Sixthboro Entertainment. All proceeds from the sales of the album went to United Way of Greater Greensboro to help end local poverty.[8][9][10][11]


  1. ^ "Experience the Fanatic". CIVILIAN MAGAZINE. Retrieved 2023-10-06.
  2. ^ "Leah LaBelle Had a 'God-Given Gift': Producer Andreao 'Fanatic' Heard Remembers Late Singer, Talks Plans for Her Unreleased Music". Billboard. 2018-02-05. Retrieved 2023-10-03.
  3. ^ Arnold, Chuck (2022-07-29). "The story behind Beyoncé's meteoric rise: From Destiny's Child to 'Renaissance'". New York Post. Retrieved 2023-10-03.
  4. ^ "Interview With Andreao Heard", HitQuarters, November 25, 2008.
  5. ^ "Journeys of Discovery: Greensboro musicians unite to end poverty". KCBX. 2019-09-17. Retrieved 2024-04-02.
  6. ^ DeCwikiel-Kane, Dawn (2019-07-15). "Album from Greensboro area musical artists will benefit United Way; producer Andreao "Fanatic" Heard says proceeds will fight local poverty". Greensboro News and Record. Retrieved 2023-10-06.
  7. ^ Wallace, Riley (2018-12-26). "Surviving The Bad Boy Curse: "Crush On You" Producer Andreao Heard Talks Career & New Label". HipHopDX. Retrieved 2023-10-06.
  8. ^ Adamian, John (2019-08-23). "Music community tackles poverty". YES! Weekly. Retrieved 2024-04-02.
  9. ^ Matsuoka, Sayaka (2019-09-11). "'We Are the World' in Greensboro: Local producer brings artists together to end poverty". Triad City Beat. Retrieved 2024-04-02.
  10. ^ Yost, Scott D. (2019-08-30). "Greensboro Does Its Own "We Are The World" Album". The Rhino Times of Greensboro. Retrieved 2024-04-02.
  11. ^ "Artists United to END Poverty". United Way of Greater Greensboro. Retrieved 2024-04-02.

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