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Harvey Mason Jr.
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Harvey Mason Jr. in 2014
Background information
Birth name Harvey Jay Mason Jr.
Born (1968-06-03) June 3, 1968 (age 50)
Boston, Massachusetts
Origin Los Angeles, California
Genres Pop, R&B, jazz
Occupation(s) Record producer, songwriter, movie producer
Years active 1976 – present
Associated acts Whitney Houston, Jordin Sparks, Leona Lewis, Chris Brown, Britney Spears, Jennifer Hudson, Justin Timberlake, Girls' Generation, Toni Braxton
Website Harvey Mason Media Website

Harvey Jay Mason Jr. (born June 3, 1968) is an American record producer, songwriter and movie producer. He has written and produced songs for popular performers in the music industry including Aretha Franklin, Michael Jackson, Justin Timberlake, Britney Spears and Chris Brown. In addition, major motion picture and television studios have called on Harvey to produce music for blockbuster films & television including Beyoncé and Jennifer Hudson in Dreamgirls, Whitney Houston in Sparkle, Hailee Steinfeld and Anna Kendrick in Pitch Perfect, Reese Witherspoon, Scarlett Johansson and Tori Kelly in Sing, Dr. Dre and Ice Cube in Straight Outta Compton and Mary J. Blige and Neyo in The Wiz Live!.

Biography

Mason Jr. was born into a musical family. His father, noted jazz drummer Harvey Mason Sr., and mother, Sally Mason, both attended the Berklee College of Music in Boston.[1] Harvey moved with his family to Los Angeles as a child and followed his father to many recording sessions with such greats as Quincy Jones, The Brothers Johnson and Herbie Hancock. Mason Jr. penned his first song at the age of eight for Grover Washington Jr. titled "Love Makes It Better".[2]

After attending the University of Arizona on a basketball scholarship from 1986–1990 and playing in the 1988 Final Four, he began working as a songwriter/record producer. Some early work included tracks for British pop artist Michelle Gayle's album "Sensational" in 1997 and the jazz/soul duo Imprompt2. He co-produced the jazz album "Ratamacue" with his father, Harvey Mason in 1997. In addition he worked with Mason Sr.'s group Fourplay and produced the track "Sexual Healing" featuring El DeBarge in 1998.

In 1997, Mason Jr. also penned the track "Truthfully" which caught the attention of record producer, Rodney Jerkins. The track was produced for Brandy's 1998 album "Never Say Never".[3] Mason Jr. then worked with Jerkins over the next three years on projects like “Say My Name” by Destiny's Child, "It's Not Right, But It's Okay" by Whitney Houston, "He Wasn't Man Enough" by Toni Braxton and on the album Invincible by Michael Jackson.

The Underdogs

In 2000, Mason Jr. co-wrote the track "I Like Them Girls" with Damon Thomas for Tyrese's album "2000 Watts".[4] The success of that song led to a partnership and the formation of Underdog Entertainment. The Underdogs produced R&B and pop hits like "How You Gonna Act Like That" by Tyrese, "Gots Ta Be" by B2K, "O" by Omarion, "More To Life" by Stacie Orrico, "Sorry 2004" by Ruben Studdard, and “No Air” by Jordin Sparks and Chris Brown.[5] In 2001, he collaborated with British designer and former member of the Spice Girls Victoria Beckham on her debut album including tracks like "Girlfriend" and some B-sides.[6] In 2004, The Underdogs signed a label deal through BMG under Clive Davis[7] and created Underdog Music Publishing, a joint venture with Rondor/Universal Music.[8] In 2006, The Underdogs produced the soundtrack to the motion picture “Dreamgirls” which won the Critic's Choice Award in 2007 for best movie soundtrack.[9] After a three-year hiatus, The Underdogs reunited in 2011 to produce "Up 2 You" for Chris Brown's album "F.A.M.E.". The Underdogs wrote and produced the song "The Living Proof" performed by Mary J. Blige for the movie "The Help". The Underdogs wrote and produced the second single from Chris Brown's album Fortune titled Turn Up the Music. In 2012 The Underdogs produced the vocals for the film Pitch Perfect, starring Anna Kendrick and Brittany Snow.[10] In 2014, they produced South Korean girl group Girls' Generation's hit "Mr. Mr." & its labelmate Exo's "Overdose,"[11] as well as the music for biopic "Get on Up" about the life of James Brown. In 2015, The Underdogs produced the music for the sequel to the widely successful "Pitch Perfect" movie, "Pitch Perfect 2" and the highly acclaimed film "Straight Outta Compton" about the rap group N.W.A.

Harvey Mason Media

Mason Jr. formed his independent company Harvey Mason Media in 2008. It encompasses his film and record productions, music publishing, and website ventures. Record productions include the 2008 releases of Chris Brown's, "Superhuman" from the album Exclusive, Britney Spears', "Mannequin" from the album Circus [12] and Jennifer Hudson's, "You Pulled Me Through" from her self-titled debut album. He produced the title track "I Look To You" along with Tricky Stewart and the cover of "Song for You" along with Stargate for Whitney Houston's 2009 album "I Look To You". .[13] In 2010, Mason Jr. produced the updated version of "One Shining Moment" featuring Jennifer Hudson for CBS Sports to be featured during the Final Four.[14] Mason Jr. produced and worked as A&R on Toni Braxton's Pulse. In 2011, Mason Jr. produced the first single "Where You At" along with R. Kelly for Jennifer Hudson's album "I Remember Me"

Harvey Mason Media produced the feature film More than a Game in 2008. This inspirational movie documents the rise of LeBron James and his high school teammates from their early AAU basketball days to the high school national championship stage. The film received rave reviews when it premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2008 where it won first runner up to best film, “Slumdog Millionaire”.[15] Lions Gate Films distributed the film which was released during the Fall of 2009.[16] Harvey Mason Media and Interscope Records distributed the soundtrack album titled "Music Inspired by More Than a Game". More than a Game was nominated for best documentary at the 2010 NAACP Image Awards and the Independent Spirit Awards.

Mason Jr. appeared on the 2011 season of American Idol as a mentor/producer, working with Pia Toscano and Jacob Lusk and worked as a mentor/producer on the 2013 season of The X Factor USA. He has also made numerous appearances on the reality series Braxton Family Values on the We TV network starring Toni Braxton and Tamar Braxton.

In 2012, Mason Jr. was the last producer to work with Whitney Houston when he produced the songs “His Eye Is on the Sparrow” and “Celebrate” for the movie Sparkle.

Following the success of Pitch Perfect 2, Get On Up, and Straight Outta Compton, Harvey served as music producer for the NBC broadcast of The Wiz Live! which aired on December 3, 2015 and he produced over 50 songs for the animated musical SING from Universal/Illumination Entertainment which was released on December 3, 2016. SING received two Golden Globe Awards nominations for Best Animated Feature Film and Best Original Song for the song "Faith."

In 2017, Mason Jr. served as executive music producer for Pitch Perfect 3 - the final installment of the blockbuster Universal Pictures franchise, as well as the musical reworking of the 1980s classic Valley Girl (film) for MGM and USA Network's Unsolved, a scripted true crime series based on the murder investigations of Tupac Shakur and Notorious B.I.G.. He also served as composer and executive music producer on director Anthony Mandler’s feature debut Monster which was nominated for the 2018 Grand Jury Prize at Sundance.

Most recently, Mason Jr. produced the music for NBC's Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert! [17] which aired on April 1, 2018 and Bad Times at the El Royale for 20th Century Fox directed by Drew Goddard.[18]

In March 2018, Mason Jr. joined the advisory board of music technology startup Tunedly.[19]

Hundredup

In 2018, Mason Jr. founded and launched Hundredup, a record label and marketing company.[20][21] The company's roster of artists includes:

  • Brezy
  • Matt Easton
  • Caleon Fox
  • The Wavys
  • Deap Vally

Grammy Foundation

Mason Jr. was elected to the board of the directors for the Los Angeles chapter of NARAS (National Academy of Record Arts and Sciences) in 2007 and the National Board of Trustees in 2009. He has participated in Grammy Foundation events including Grammy in the Schools, Grammy Camp[22] and the Music Cares Foundation. Mason Jr. is the Chairperson of the National Advocacy Committee and Executive Co-chair of the Producers and Engineers Wing.

Basketball

Mason Jr. has also achieved great success on the basketball court. As a guard on the Crescenta Valley High School team in La Crescenta, California he was selected to the All-CIF (California Interscholastic Federation) team in 1984, 1985 and 1986. He received a full-scholarship to the University of Arizona and played for Hall of Fame coach, Lute Olson. Mason Jr.'s teams won the Pac-10 title in 1988, 1989 and 1990 and played in the Final Four in 1988.[23] Notable teammates include Steve Kerr (Chicago Bulls), Jud Buechler (Chicago Bulls), Bison Dele (Chicago Bulls), Sean Elliott (San Antonio Spurs) and Kenny Lofton (Major League Baseball six time all-star).[24] Multiple knee surgeries sidelined Mason Jr.’s hope of a continuing basketball career. Most recently he has played in the NBA Entertainment League where he has been consistently selected to the all-star team. Mason Jr. serves on the National Leadership Council and the Board of Trustees for the University of Arizona.

Songwriting and/or Music Production Highlights

Awards and nominations

Year Album/Artist/Song Award/Nomination
2017 Sing Golden Globe Nomination "Best Motion Picture - Animated"
2016 Pitch Perfect 2 Billboard Music Award Winner "Top Soundtrack"
2016 Pitch Perfect 2 Grammy Nomination "Best Soundtrack Album"
2015 Pitch Perfect 2 American Music Awards "Best Soundtrack Album"
2014 Love And War/Tamar Braxton Grammy Nomination "Best Urban Contemporary Album"
2014 Three Kings/TGT Grammy Nomination "Best R&B Album"
2013 Fortune/Chris Brown Grammy Nomination "Best Urban Contemporary Album"
2012 F.A.M.E./Chris Brown Grammy Winner "Best R&B Album"
2012 The Help/Mary J. Blige/"The Living Proof" Golden Globe Nomination "Best Original Song in a Motion Picture"
2012 The Help/Mary J. Blige/"The Living Proof" Critics Choice Award Nomination Best Original Song for a Film
2009 Jordin Sparks/Jordin Sparks featuring Chris Brown/"No Air" ASCAP Pop Award "Most Performed Songs of 2009"
2009 Jordin Sparks/Jordin Sparks featuring Chris Brown/"No Air" Grammy Nomination "Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals"
2008 Jordin Sparks/Jordin Sparks featuring Chris Brown/"No Air" People's Choice Award Winner "Favorite Combined Forces Song"
2008 Jennifer Hudson/Jennifer Hudson Grammy Winner "Best Contemporary R&B Album"
2007 Dreamgirls/Beyonce/"Listen" Academy Award Nomination "Best Original Song"
2007 Dreamgirls/Jennifer Hudson/"Love You I Do" Academy Award Nomination "Best Original Song"
2007 Dreamgirls/Eddie Murphy & Anika Noni Rose/"Patience" Academy Award Nomination "Best Original Song"
2007 Dreamgirls/Jennifer Hudson/"Love You I Do" Grammy Winner "Outstanding Song Written for a Motion Picture"
2007 Bobby/Aretha Franklin & Mary J. Blige/"Never Gonna Break My Faith" Golden Globe Nomination "Best Original Song in a Motion Picture"
2007 Dreamgirls/Beyonce/"Listen" Golden Globe Nomination "Best Original Song in a Motion Picture"
2007 Dreamgirls Grammy Nomination "Outstanding Motion Picture Soundtrack or Compilation"
2007 Dreamgirls NAACP Awards Winner "Outstanding Album"
2006 Dreamgirls Critics Choice Award Winner "Best Soundtrack"
2006 O/Omarion/"O" ASCAP Rhythm and Soul Award "Most Performed Songs of 2006"
2006 B-Day/Beyonce Grammy Winner "Best Contemporary R&B Album"
2004 I Wanna Go There/Tyrese/"How You Gonna Act Like That" ASCAP Rhythm and Soul Award "Most Performed Songs of 2004"
2004 I Wanna Go There/Tyrese/"How You Gonna Act Like That" ASCAP Pop Award "Most Performed Songs of 2004"
2004 Soulful/Ruben Studdard/"Sorry 2004" ASCAP Rhythm and Soul Award "Most Performed Songs of 2004"
2003 Justified/Justin Timberlake Grammy Winner "Best Pop Album"
2001 The Heat/Toni Braxton/"He Wasn't Man Enough" ASCAP Rhythm and Soul Award "Most Performed Songs of 2004"
2000 The Heat/Toni Braxton/"He Wasn't Man Enough" Grammy Winner "Best R&B Song"

References

  1. ^ https://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=3856325
  2. ^ http://u2n2.com/article.asp?id=68127
  3. ^ http://www.allbusiness.com/retail-trade/miscellaneous-retail-retail-stores-not/4622627-1.html
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  5. ^ http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/showbiz/2007-01/22/content_789512.html
  6. ^ http://www.harveymasonmedia.com/discography.html
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  8. ^ http://mixonline.com/news/headline/The-Underdogs-Rondor-623044/
  9. ^ Keck, Will (March 14, 2007). "'Sunshine' wins big". USA Today. 
  10. ^ "Behind The Scenes Of The Year's Best Soundtrack". Huffington Post. October 9, 2012. 
  11. ^ "The Underdogs Talk EXO's 'Overdose,' Tease 'Game-Changing' K-Pop Records: Exclusive". Retrieved 2015-05-29. 
  12. ^ Blas, Lorena (August 13, 2008). "Now Britney's all about being a mom, making an album". USA Today. 
  13. ^ Rodman, Sarah (September 30, 2008). "She is telling you she's here to stay". The Boston Globe. 
  14. ^ Crowe, Jerry (March 28, 2010). "Harvey Mason's life after basketball has been note-perfect". Los Angeles Times. 
  15. ^ http://www.rediff.com/cms/print.jsp?docpath=//movies/2008/sep/15tiff.htm
  16. ^ http://www.foxbusiness.com/story/markets/industries/entertainment/lionsgater-scores-game-2120540579/
  17. ^ https://people.com/music/jesus-christ-superstar-john-legend-knows-show-inside-out/
  18. ^ https://www.imdb.com/title/tt6628394/fullcredits
  19. ^ https://www.billboard.com/articles/business/8275790/executive-turntable-tunein-coalition-agency-tunedly-advisory-board
  20. ^ http://video.foxbusiness.com/v/5762910635001/?#sp=show-clips
  21. ^ http://www.milkeninstitute.org/events/conferences/global-conference/2018/speaker-detail/31914
  22. ^ http://top40-charts.com/news.php?nid=38165&string=Nitty
  23. ^ http://arizona.scout.com/2/383446.html
  24. ^ http://www.arizonaalumni.com/About/notable.shtml

External links

  • Harvey Mason Media
  • Underdog Entertainment
  • Harvey Mason Sr.
  • More Than A Game
  • Harvey Mason Jr. on More Than a Game
  • Mason's Talents Not Limited To Basketball
  • French Underdogs Interview on SoulRnB.com
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