Devo Springsteen

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Devo Harris
Birth nameDeVon Harris
Born (1977-12-09) December 9, 1977 (age 41)
OriginColumbus, Georgia,
United States
GenresR&B, rap, pop
Occupation(s)Entrepreneur, Producer, Songwriter
Years active1994–present
LabelsAstor Place Music / GOOD Music / Geffen Records
Websitehttps://www.instagram.com/springsteezy/ Instagram

DeVon “Devo” Harris (born December 9, 1977 in Columbus, GA), also known as Devo Springsteen, is an entrepreneur and Grammy Award-winning producer and songwriter.[1] Harris launched the career of EGOT winner John Legend by signing him to Kanye West’s GOOD Music in 2003. Harris produced and co-wrote many songs from Legend's first albums as well as songs for Nas, Britney Spears, Aretha Franklin, Ol' Dirty Bastard, The Last Poets and more in addition to DJing around the world. Devo won the Best Rap Song Grammy in 2006 for his production of "Diamonds (from Sierra Leone)" with Kanye West and Jay-Z. After earning his MBA from Columbia Business School in 2011, Devo turned to technology where he became an award-winning media entrepreneur and inventor.

Biography[edit]

Devo Harris grew up across the U.S. and Germany because both of his parents were in the U.S. Army. He graduated high school from The Pembroke Hill School in Kansas City, Missouri and then attended the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. At Penn, he wrestled, played football, and DJed at local radio stations WPPR and WQHS FM. After graduating with degrees in Economics and Strategic Management, he moved to New York City in 2000 with college roommate John Stephens (John Legend). While working in venture capital, he began working part-time assisting and serving as A&R at Kanye West's production company G.O.O.D. Music (then called Konman Productions). Devo eventually signed his roommate to the label in 2003 and managed Legend's project. Devo then earned an MBA degree from Columbia Business School.

Music[edit]

Devo's influences include Stevie Wonder, The Doors, Michael Jackson, Rick Rubin, Timbaland, Dr. Dre, and Kanye West. Harris has appeared on MTV Base, BET Style, and VH1 and was a featured guest DJ on BET's Rap City.

Harris also co-wrote the tracks "Lullaby" and "Let's Go" with Britney Spears and Tom Craskey. The song appeared on the demo version of Britney's album Blackout.

In 2008, Harris collaborated with John Legend on "If You're Out There" which appears in John Legend's third studio album Evolver. The song was also used Barack Obama's campaign theme song and was performed at the 2008 Democratic National Convention.

Technology[edit]

After graduation from Columbia Business School in 2011, Devo started his career in technology by teaching himself to code and eventually working his way up to become a Senior Product Manager at Vimeo. Devo specializes in next generation technology with a focus on radical simplification and integration with 3rd party applications and services.

Discography[edit]

Singles[edit]

Year Title (Album) Artist/Project Label Released
2008 "If You're Out There" John Legend Sony/Columbia
2008 "Association" Nas The N Mixtape
2008 "The Promise" Deborah Cox Deco Recording Group
2008 "You Know Where My Heart Is" Deborah Cox Deco Recording Group
2007 "What Y'all Came To Do" Aretha Franklin J Records
2007 "Misunderstood" (Finding Forever) Common GOOD Music
2007 "Always Lovin' You" Kreesha Turner Virgin
2007 "Celebrate" Cassidy J Records
2007 "Let Go"[2] Britney Spears Jive Records
2007 "Sweeter" Estelle Homeschool/Atlantic
2007 "Come Together" Estelle Homeschool/Atlantic
2007 "Blowin' My Phone Up" Consequence Sony/Columbia
2006 "Let There Be Light" (Hip Hop Is Dead) Nas IDJ/Sony/Def Jam
2006 "Stereo" (Once Again) John Legend Sony/Columbia
2006 "My Love, My Life" GLC GOOD Music
2006 "When I Was..." Rhymefest J Records
2006 "Back In The Day" The Last Poets Jambetta
2005 "Diamonds from Sierra Leone" (Late Registration) Kanye West Roc-a-fella/IDJ
2004 "Refuge (When It's Cold Outside)" (Get Lifted) John Legend Sony/Columbia
2004 "So High" (Get Lifted) John Legend Sony/Columbia
2004 "Live It Up" (Get Lifted) John Legend Sony/Columbia
2004 "Sunkist Sunlab Radio" Dr Pepper/Sunkist Soda Radio Spot
2004 "And You Say" Consequence SureShot Records
2003 "Summer Beach House Direct Effect Theme" MTV TV Spot

Mixtapes[edit]

  • 2006, "Bacardi Big Apple & Devo Springsteen Present: The Good Life"

Grammy Award history[edit]

Year Category Song/Album Artist Result
2006 Best Rap Song "Diamonds from Sierra Leone" Kanye West Won
2006 Best Rap Album Late Registration Kanye West Won
2006 Best R&B Album Get Lifted John Legend Won
2006 Best Album Late Registration Kanye West Nominated

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Interactive Video". Ochre. Retrieved 2013-08-03.
  2. ^ BMI Repertoire @ BMIRepertoire