Curtis Harding

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Curtis Harding
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Harding at Adler Theater in 2016
Background information
Born 1978/1979 (age 38–39)
Genres
Occupation(s) Singer
Labels
Website www.curtisharding.com

Curtis Harding (born 1978/1979)[1] is an American soul singer. Harding has released two studio albums: Soul Power (2014) and Face Your Fear (2017). Born in Saginaw, he moved to Atlanta as a teenager after travelling across the U.S. with his siblings and his mother, a gospel singer. He has collaborated with CeeLo Green since 2002 and Danger Mouse since 2017.

Early life

Harding was born in Saginaw, Michigan.[1] Raised as a Mennonite,[2] He moved to Alabama when he was three, then to Arizona, California, Texas, and other parts of the U.S.[3] Harding's family had no permanent home until they settled in Atlanta, Georgia, when he was 14. Harding's father, a mechanic, and his mother Dorothy,[1] a gospel singer, took Harding and his five siblings around the United States in a van, stopping at churches and working at homeless shelters.[3][4] While his mother performed,[1] Harding grew up playing music, though he originally wanted to play professional sports.[4]

Career

In the early 2000s, Harding was part of the hip-hop group Proseed.[4] He met CeeLo Green while doing promotion for LaFace Records,[3] and he rapped on and co-wrote Green's 2002 album Cee-Lo Green and His Perfect Imperfections along with several Proseed members. He toured with Green as a backing singer on the Smokin' Grooves Tour in 2002 alongside Outkast, Cypress Hill, Lauryn Hill, and The Roots.[1]

Harding spent time working with groups in Atlanta before moving to Toronto for a year.[1][4] A year later, he "came back to record with some friends in my living room." From these sessions came his debut album, Soul Power, on the indie label Burger Records, released May 6, 2014.[1] He spent two weeks recording the album. Randy Michael composed the music on the single "Keep on Shining", and Jason Reynolds co-wrote "Heaven's on the Other Side" with Harding.[5]

Harding with his backing band in 2016

He formed the band Night Sun with two Black Lips members, guitarist Cole Alexander and drummer Joe Bradley.[1]

His second album, Face Your Fear, was released by Anti- on October 27, 2017.[1] Harding recorded the album at Danger Mouse's 30th Century Studio in New York City. The opening single, "Wednesday Morning Atonement", was produced by Danger Mouse and Sam Cohen.[1] Recorded on a Wednesday morning, it is about Harding's time neglecting to record an album, and in a literal sense, about a father missing his children.[3] Face Your Fear spent one week on the Billboard Heatseekers Albums chart at number 21.[6] NPR Music named the album one of the best ten R&B albums of 2017.[7]

Harding will appear in Sundance TV's period drama series Hap and Leonard.[8] He will portray two characters: L.C. Soothe and his grandson, Bobby Joe.[9]

Musical style

Harding describes his genre as "slop 'n' soul",[10] a combination of gospel, punk, psych rock, and blues. He has said that his influences include Albert King, the Everly Brothers, and Ronnie Dyson.[11]

Discography

  • Soul Power (2014)
  • Face Your Fear (2017)

References

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j Kaufman, Gil (August 31, 2017). "Curtis Harding Talks Finally Teaming With Danger Mouse on Soulful Single 'Wednesday Morning Atonement'". Billboard. Retrieved December 8, 2017. 
  2. ^ Hodgkinson, Will (November 20, 2017). "Curtis Harding: Soul has a sadness, you need experience to sing it". The Times. Retrieved December 8, 2017. 
  3. ^ a b c d Dye, David (December 20, 2017). "Curtis Harding On World Cafe". World Cafe. Retrieved December 24, 2017. 
  4. ^ a b c d Hann, Michael (November 24, 2017). "Curtis Harding: sweet soul to savour". Financial Times. Retrieved December 8, 2017. 
  5. ^ Jamin, Jen (April 29, 2014). "Q&A: Curtis Harding Talks Gospel-Fueled Solo Debut 'Soul Power'". Spin. Retrieved December 8, 2017. 
  6. ^ "Face Your Fear". Billboard. Retrieved December 8, 2017. 
  7. ^ Powers, Ann; et al. "The 10 Best R&B Albums Of 2017". NPR Music. Retrieved December 24, 2017. 
  8. ^ Greeley, Shakeil (October 28, 2017). "Curtis Harding's Psychedelic Soul". GQ. Retrieved December 8, 2017. 
  9. ^ Petski, Denise (September 25, 2017). "'Hap & Leonard': Louis Gossett Jr., Corbin Bernsen & Andrew Dice Clay Set To Recur In Season 3 Of SundanceTV Series". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved December 8, 2017. 
  10. ^ Grow, Kory (May 14, 2014). "10 New Artists You Need to Know: May 2014". Rolling Stone. Retrieved December 8, 2017. 
  11. ^ Peters, Micah (October 31, 2017). "Curtis Harding Faces His Fears With Soul". The Ringer. Retrieved December 8, 2017. 

External links

  • Official website
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