Rich Harrison

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Rich Harrison
Harrison in 2012
Harrison in 2012
Background information
Birth nameRichard Christopher Harrison
Born1979 (age 42–43)
OriginWashington, D.C., U.S.
  • Record producer
  • songwriter
Years active1999–present

Richard Christopher Harrison (born 1979) is an American record producer and songwriter from Washington, D.C., specializing in R&B and hip hop music.[1]

The winner of a Grammy Award, Harrison is well known for producing songs such as "Get Right" (performed by Jennifer Lopez), "1 Thing" (performed by Amerie) and "Crazy in Love" (performed by Beyoncé and Jay-Z).[2] Harrison is the founder of Richcraft Entertainment, a label that housed artists such as singer Amerie, R&B girl group RichGirl, and rapper Young Steff.

Early life and education[edit]

A classically trained pianist and trumpet player,[2][3] from an early age Harrison demonstrated the ability to play music he heard on the radio, later attending Howard University in Washington, D.C., majoring in history and hip-hop music.[3]


Harrison's first big music deal came in 1999 when Harrison worked with Mary J. Blige on "Beautiful Ones" 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's "Crazy in Love",[4] 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). In 2005, The New York Times called him "one of R&B's most exciting producers."[5]

Harrison is currently involved in projects with 50 Cent, Tweet, Missy Elliott, Eve, Brandy, Young Steff and Dawn Robinson.[citation needed] Harrison has worked with Janet Jackson, Usher, Alicia Keys and Jennifer Lopez, 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 Young Steff and girl group RichGirl.[citation needed] There is a possibility that he may be appearing on Toni Braxton's forthcoming album.[citation needed]

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.[citation needed]

Production discography[edit]


Mary J. BligeMary


Mary J. BligeNo More Drama

  • 15. "In the Meantime", producer[7]


AmerieAll I Have, producer and songwriter[8]

  • 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)
  • 14. "Why Don't We Fall in Love" (Remix) (featuring Ludacris) (Japanese bonus track)
  • 15. "Why Don't We Fall in Love (Richcraft Remix)" (Japanese bonus track)

Kelly RowlandSimply Deep


Tha' RayneReign Supreme

BeyoncéDangerously in Love



Destiny's ChildDestiny Fulfilled


Jennifer LopezRebirth

Christina MilianBe Cool soundtrack

  • 08. "Ain't No Reason"


Missy ElliottThe Cookbook

  • 10. "Can't Stop"

Pussycat DollsPCD

Toni BraxtonLibra


Christina MilianSo Amazin'

  • 11. "Wind You Up"

Christina AguileraBack to Basics


DiddyPress Play

Mos DefTru3 Magic


Che'NelleThings Happen for a Reason

  • 10. "Summer Jam"


Jean GraeJeanius

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


Marsha AmbrosiusLate Nights & Early Mornings

Jennifer HudsonI Remember Me

Eric RobersonMister Nice Guy

  • 01. "Mister Nice Guy"


RichGirlFall in Love with RichGirl

  • 02. "Smile & Wave" (featuring Chris Brown)
  • 04. "Circles"


Amerie - Drive

  • 06. "Out Loud"



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


  • "Love's Off the Chain"

Cynthia Lissette

  • "Don't Wanna Go"
  • "What U Say"

Gwen Stefani

  • "Parental Advisory"[9]

Janet Jackson

  • "Clap Your Hands"[10]
  • "Pops Up"[11]
  • "Speed It Up (Put It On Me)"[12]
  • "What Can I Say"

Mary J. Blige

  • "Outta My Head"

Natasha Ramos

  • "Here I Am"


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



Young Steff

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


  1. ^ "BMI | Songview Search". Retrieved 16 January 2021.
  2. ^ a b "Rich Harrison",
  3. ^ a b "Artist Profile - Rich Harrison",
  4. ^ a b (2007). "Se7en Set to Make U.S. Debut",
  5. ^ Sanneh, Kelefa (2005). "New R&B Sounds, Emanating From One Source",
  6. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas (April 1, 2002). "Mary - Mary J. Blige | AllMusic: Review". Allmusic. Retrieved on 2011-04-18.
  7. ^ credits at AllMusic
  8. ^ Ruhlmann, William (2002-07-30). "All I Have - Amerie". AllMusic. Retrieved 2012-03-03.
  9. ^ Vineyard, Jennifer (2005-12-05). "Gwen Stefani Holding Off On That Second Solo LP — For Now, Anyway". MTV News. Retrieved 2011-06-30.
  10. ^ "New Songs: Janet Jackson – 'Clap Your Hands' & 'What Can I Say'". 2008-12-16. Retrieved 2011-07-01.
  11. ^ "POPS UP (BMI Work #8088359)". Broadcast Music Incorporated (BMI). Archived from the original on 2012-07-13. Retrieved 2011-06-30.
  12. ^ "Janet Jackson – Speed It Up (Put It On Me)/Love Me". Retrieved 2011-07-01.
  13. ^ Kee, Li (2007-04-08). "Premature release". Eastern Express. Archived from the original on 2013-11-04. Retrieved 2011-06-30.
  14. ^ "DAT GIRL RIGHT THERE (BMI Work #10078815)". Broadcast Music Incorporated (BMI). Archived from the original on 2012-07-14. Retrieved 2011-06-30.
  15. ^ "GET RIGHT (BMI Work #7217936)". Broadcast Music Incorporated (BMI). Archived from the original on 2012-07-21. Retrieved 2011-06-30.
  16. ^ "WHATEVER I WANT (BMI Work #6944146)". Broadcast Music Incorporated (BMI). Archived from the original on 2012-07-17. Retrieved 2011-06-30.

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