Carvin & Ivan

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Carvin & Ivan
Also known asOrthodox & Ransum, Karma, Karma Productions
OriginPhiladelphia, Pennsylvania USA
Years active1997–present
Associated acts
MembersIvan Barias
Carvin Haggins

Carvin & Ivan are a production duo from Philadelphia consisting of producer and songwriters Ivan "Orthodox" Barias and Carvin "Ransum" Haggins. Initially starting out as solo hip hop artists, Haggins and Barias moved into production and songwriting.[1] They have written and produced songs for Jazmine Sullivan, Jill Scott, Musiq Soulchild, Justin Timberlake, Mario, Chris Brown, Ledisi, Raheem DeVaughn, Keyshia Cole, Jaheim, Estelle, Floetry, Skillz, Ace Hood, Rick Ross and others.

They are notable for introducing Musiq Soulchild to the world and giving him his staple sound.[2] They are responsible for writing and producing the vast majority of Musiq's more popular charted singles such as "Just Friends (Sunny)", "Halfcrazy", "Dontchange", "B.U.D.D.Y.", "Teachme" and others.[3][4]

Ivan currently serves on the board of governors and is the president of the Philadelphia Chapter of The Recording Academy.[5] On February 1, 2011, Carvin & Ivan became creative ambassadors for the city of Philadelphia as a part of Greater Philadelphia Tourism Marketing Corporation's Philly 360°.[6]

Early years and history[edit]

Carvin & Ivan met in the mid 90's at A Touch Of Jazz, a recording studio in Philadelphia owned by DJ Jazzy Jeff.[7]

In 2011, Ivan was selected as an ambassador of the Philadelphia 76ers community program La Liga del Barrio.



Kenny Lattimore - Love Jones: The Music

  • "Can't Get Enough" (produced by Carvin Haggins and Kenny Lattimore)


Kenny Lattimore - From the Soul of Man

  • "Destiny" (produced by Kenny Lattimore, Vidal Davis and Carvin Haggins)


Musiq Soulchild - Aijuswanaseing

  • "Girl Next Door" (produced by Carvin Haggins with Andre Harris)
  • "Love" (produced by Carvin Haggins with Andre Harris)
  • "You And Me" (produced by Carvin Haggins with Andre Harris)
  • "Just Friends (Sunny)"
  • "143" (produced by Carvin Haggins with Keith Pelzer)
  • "Seventeen" (produced by Carvin Haggins with Andre Harris)
  • "Poparatzi"

Jill Scott - Who Is Jill Scott? Words and Sounds Vol. 1

  • "Honey Molasses"


Jill Scott - Experience: Jill Scott 826+

  • "High Post Brotha" (featuring Common)
  • "Gimme"

Angie Stone - Mahogany Soul

Lina - Stranger on Earth

  • "Bye Bye Baby" (produced by Ivan "Orthodox" Barias)


Musiq Soulchild - Juslisen

  • "Newness"
  • "Caughtup"
  • "Stopplayin"
  • "Halfcrazy"
  • "Time"
  • "Solong"
  • "Bestfriend"
  • "Dontchange"
  • "Something"
  • "Ifiwouldaknew"

Justin Timberlake - Justified

  • "Worthy Of"

Dawn Robinson - Dawn

  • "Party, Party"
  • "Get Up Again"

Floetry - Floetic

  • "Headache"
  • "Opera"

Syleena Johnson - "Chapter 2: The Voice"

  • "Dear You"
  • "I'm Gon Cry"
  • "No Words"
  • "So Willingly"


Musiq Soulchild - Soulstar

  • "Youloveme"
  • "Womanopoly"
  • "Forthenight"
  • "Infatueighties"
  • "Whoknows"
  • "Babymother"
  • "Missyou"
  • "Thereason"
  • "Romancipation"
  • "Givemorelove"

Joe - And Then...


Jill Scott - Beautifully Human: Words and Sounds Vol. 2

  • "Bedda At Home"
  • "Family Reunion"

Mario - Turning Point

  • "Like Me Real Hard"

Planet Asia - The Grand Opening

Skillz - Okayplayer - True Notes Vol. 1

  • "Take It Back"

Toshinobu Kubota - Time to Share

  • "Breaking Through"
  • "Hope You'll Be Well"


Faith Evans - The First Lady

  • "Again"
  • "I Don't Need It"
  • "Stop'n'Go"
  • "Jealous"
  • "Get Over You"
  • "Until You Came"

Chris Brown - Chris Brown's Journey

  • "So Glad"

Brian McKnight - Gemini

  • "She"


2pac- Pac's Life

  • "Playa Cardz Right (Female)" (Feat: Keyshia Cole)
  • "Scared Straight"

Heather Headley - In My Mind

  • "Losing you"

Keshia Chanté - 2U (album)

  • "Kiss"


Musiq Soulchild - Luvanmusiq

  • "Teachme" (Grammy Nominated Song: R&B Song of The Year 2008)
  • "Rewind"

2pac- Best of 2Pac Part 2: Life

  • "Dopefiend's Diner" (Previously Unreleased)

Freeway - Free at Last


Raheem DeVaughn - Love Behind the Melody

  • "Customer" (Grammy Nominated Song: R&B Song Of The Year 2009)

Jazmine Sullivan - Fearless

Keyshia Cole - A Different Me

Skillz- The Million Dollar Backpack

  • "Don't Act Like You Don't Know" (featuring Freeway)


Musiq Soulchild - OnMyRadio

Ledisi - Turn Me Loose

  • "Alone"
  • "I Need Love"

Ace Hood - Ruthless

Ameriie - In Love & War


Jaheim - Another Round

Faith Evans - Something About Faith

Skillz - The World Needs More Skillz

  • "Celebrate Life"
  • "Wants and Needs" (feat. Bilal)

Leela James - My Soul

  • "If It's Wrong"
  • "It's Over"


Ledisi - Pieces Of Me

  • "I Gotta Get To You"

Jill Scott - The Original Jill Scott from the Vault, Vol. 1

  • "I Don't Know (Gotta Have You)"


Estelle - All of Me

  • "The Life"

SWV - I Missed Us

  • "Love Unconditionally"

Kenny Lattimore - Back To Cool

  • "Find A Way"

Alex Boyd - Commit Me

  • "Wish I Knew"

Tamia - Beautiful Surprise

  • "Still Love You"

Curt Chambers - One Way Ticket[8] (entire album produced by Ivan Barias & Curt Chambers)

  • One Way Ticket
  • Hollywood
  • Grass Is Greener
  • Keep Calling (featuring Gilbere Forte)
  • Out Of Body Prelude
  • Out Of Body
  • Out Of Body Outro
  • Loaded Gun
  • Loaded Gun Outro
  • Desert Dry
  • Desert Dry Outro
  • Digging For Gold
  • New America Prelude
  • New America
  • Incredible Redux

Q. Parker - The MANual

  • "Belongs to You"
  • "Completely"


Chrisette Michelle - Better

  • "Let Me Win"
  • "Love Won't Leave Me Out"

Raheem DeVaughn - A Place Called Loveland

  • "Interlude - Album Intro"
  • "Love Connection"
  • "Wrong Forever"
  • "Complicated"

TGT - 3 Kings

  • "Burn Out" (produced by Carvin Haggins and Ivan Barias with Javad Day)

Glenn Lewis - Moment of Truth

  • "Random Thoughts"
  • "Up & Down"
  • "Searching For That One"
  • "Closer" (co-produced by Stan Drinks)
  • "I Wanna Go Deep"


Ledisi - The Truth

  • "88 Boxes"


Kenny Lattimore - Anatomy of a Love Song

  • "Find a Way"
  • "You Have My Heart"
  • "What Must I Do"


Bell Biv DeVoe - Three Stripes

Stokley - Introducing Stokley

  • "Organic"
  • "Think About U"
  • "Cross The Line"
  • "Art In Motion"
  • "U & I" (featuring Estelle)
  • "We/Me"

Ledisi - Let Love Rule

  • "Forgiveness" (produced by Ivan Barias)

Awards and nominations[edit]

Grammy Awards[edit]

Year Nominee/work Award Result
2002 "Love" Best Male R&B Vocal Performance Nominated
2003 "Halfcrazy" Best Male R&B Vocal Performance Nominated
Juslisen Best R&B Album Nominated
2006 Turning Point Best Contemporary R&B Album Nominated
2008 "Teachme" Best R&B Song Nominated
"B.U.D.D.Y." Best Male R&B Vocal Performance Nominated
Luvanmusiq Best R&B Album Nominated
2009 "Customer" Best R&B Song Nominated
Fearless Best Contemporary R&B Album Nominated
2010 "IfULeave" Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals Nominated
Turn Me Loose Best R&B Album Nominated
2011 "Finding My Way Back" Best R&B Song Nominated
"Finding My Way Back" Best Male R&B Vocal Performance Nominated
"Gone Already" Best Female R&B Vocal Performance Nominated
Another Round Best R&B Album Nominated
The Love & War MasterPeace Best R&B Album Nominated
2012 Pieces of Me Best R&B Album Nominated
2013 Better Best R&B Album Nominated
Three Kings Best R&B Album Nominated

Ascap Awards[edit]

ASCAP Rhythm & Soul Awards


  1. ^ "Interview: Producers Carvin & Ivan Give Artists "A Better Sense of Who They Are" While Creating Smash Hits in the Process". interview. Retrieved 2013-12-22.
  2. ^ "Interview: Producers Carvin & Ivan Give Artists "A Better Sense of Who They Are" While Creating Smash Hits in the Process". interview. Retrieved 2013-12-22.
  3. ^ Ivan "Orthodox" Barias' Allmusic Discography [1][2].
  4. ^ Carvin "Ransum" Haggins' Allmusic Discography [3].
  5. ^ "The Recording Academy: Philadelphia Chapter Elected Leaders". Archived from the original on 2010-03-04. Retrieved 2010-02-20.
  6. ^ "Carvin & Ivan". biography. Retrieved 2013-12-22.
  7. ^ "Carvin Haggins". Retrieved 2013-12-22.
  8. ^ "Curt Chambers - One Way Ticket". studio album. Retrieved 2013-12-22.

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