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January 2005, left to right: David Ryan Harris, John Mayer and Steve Jobs at Macworld 11, SF Moscone Center.

David Ryan Harris is an Atlanta, Georgia based singer-songwriter. Born in Evanston, Illinois, Harris moved to Atlanta at a young age. Harris has had a varied career as a musician. He is married and has 3 sons: Miles, Life, and River. He is represented exclusively by Jim Phelan and Jerimaya Grabher at Global Positioning Services in Santa Monica, CA.

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Influences

Harris has cited artists including Stevie Wonder, Paul McCartney, and Prince as influences.[1] His solo music ranges in genre from folk to Rhythm and Blues.

Career

Follow for Now

Harris has been performing on stage since the 1980s when he served as frontman for the Atlanta rock group Follow for Now. Harris' eclectic taste in music is apparent in the band's music, which shows influences ranging from Motown to thrash metal. Follow for Now was given a record deal through Chrysalis Records and after working with producer Brendan O'Brien, released an unsuccessful self-titled album. The band members parted ways in 1994.

Solo career

After a short period out of the limelight, Harris began working as a producer and featured guitarist with Dionne Farris, a former vocalist from hip-hop group Arrested Development. Harris’ guitar work can be heard throughout Farris’ 1995 album Wild Seed, Wild Flower.

Harris worked with Farris until he launched his solo career in 1997. He reunited with Brendan O'Brien and was signed to Columbia Records, where the two would produce Harris’ solo debut. While the album was praised by critics, Harris’ range of musical influences made the album difficult to sell and he soon moved on to his next project.

After the breakup with The Brand New Immortals in 2002, he continued going solo. He released two more albums : Soulstice (2003) and The Bittersweet (2006)

Brand New Immortals

Still working with O’Brien, Harris united with drummer Kenny Creswell and former bassist of the Black Crowes Johnny Colt, Harris created the trio Brand New Immortals. The group released a successful 6 track EP and were signed to Elektra Records. In 2001, the trio produced a full length album entitled Tragic Show,[2] which the band felt that Elektra did not properly promote. Early the next year the band broke up and Harris returned to the pursuit of success as a solo artist.

Recent Work

David Ryan Harris and Guy Sebastian performing at a BMI showcase at SXSW March 2009. Image courtesy of Nick Nanton


While Harris continues to promote his solo act, he can frequently be seen on stage performing with artists such as John Mayer (with whom Harris is currently on tour), Dave Matthews, and Santana.[3] Along with artists such as Sister Hazel, Better Than Ezra, and Collective Soul, Harris has also performed on The Rock Boat music festival from 2007-2009.


In March 2009, Harris performed with Australian musician Guy Sebastian at SXSW, Austin Texas.[4] He also performed with Steve Cropper and Sebastian at the 9th NON-COMMvention in Philadelphia in May 2009.[5] Harris and Sebastian have had a long association. In 2004, Guy Sebastian recorded "Sweetest Berry" which is a David Ryan Harris written song on Sebastian's second album Beautiful Life. In 2006, Harris co-wrote two songs with Sebastian on his third album Closer to the Sun. In 2009, Harris co-wrote the single "Like it Like That" with Sebastian. Harris played on and produced this single which peaked at #1 for two weeks in Australia on the Aria Charts and is still selling over x2 Platinum. [6] Harris played on and produced Sebastian's followup album Like It Like That which is being released in the US early in 2010.[7]


David has also played guitar on the album, Who I Am from Nick Jonas And The Administration which is scheduled for release February 2nd 2010, but former New Power Generation bassist Sonny Thompson will replace him for live shows.

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David Ryan Harris is an Atlanta, Georgia based singer-songwriter. Born in Evanston, Illinois, Harris moved to Atlanta at a young age. Harris has had a varied career as a musician. He is married and has 3 sons: Miles, Life, and River. He is represented exclusively by Jim Phelan and Jerimaya Grabher at Global Positioning Services in Santa Monica, CA.

Contents

Influences

Harris has cited artists including Stevie Wonder, Paul McCartney, and Prince as influences.[1] His solo music ranges in genre from folk to Rhythm and Blues.

Career

Follow for Now

Harris has been performing on stage since the 1980s when he served as frontman for the Atlanta rock group Follow for Now. Harris' eclectic taste in music is apparent in the band's music, which shows influences ranging from Motown to thrash metal. Follow for Now was given a record deal through Chrysalis Records and after working with producer Brendan O'Brien, released an unsuccessful self-titled album. The band members parted ways in 1994.

Solo career

After a short period out of the limelight, Harris began working as a producer and featured guitarist with Dionne Farris, a former vocalist from hip-hop group Arrested Development. Harris’ guitar work can be heard throughout Farris’ 1995 album Wild Seed, Wild Flower.

Harris worked with Farris until he launched his solo career in 1997. He reunited with Brendan O'Brien and was signed to Columbia Records, where the two would produce Harris’ solo debut. While the album was praised by critics, Harris’ range of musical influences made the album difficult to sell and he soon moved on to his next project.

After the breakup with The Brand New Immortals in 2002, he continued going solo. He released two more albums : Soulstice (2003) and The Bittersweet (2006)

Brand New Immortals

Still working with O’Brien, Harris united with drummer Kenny Creswell and former bassist of the Black Crowes Johnny Colt, Harris created the trio Brand New Immortals. The group released a successful 6 track EP and were signed to Elektra Records. In 2001, the trio produced a full length album entitled Tragic Show,[2] which the band felt that Elektra did not properly promote. Early the next year the band broke up and Harris returned to the pursuit of success as a solo artist.

Recent Work

performing at a BMI showcase at SXSW March 2009. Image courtesy of Nick Nanton]]

While Harris continues to promote his solo act, he can frequently be seen on stage performing with artists such as John Mayer (with whom Harris is currently on tour), Dave Matthews, and Santana.[3] Along with artists such as Sister Hazel, Better Than Ezra, and Collective Soul, Harris has also performed on The Rock Boat music festival from 2002-2009.

In March 2009, Harris performed with Australian musician Guy Sebastian at SXSW, Austin Texas.[4] He also performed with Steve Cropper and Sebastian at the 9th NON-COMMvention in Philadelphia in May 2009.[5] Harris and Sebastian have had a long association. In 2004, Guy Sebastian recorded "Sweetest Berry" which is a David Ryan Harris written song on Sebastian's second album Beautiful Life. In 2006, Harris co-wrote two songs with Sebastian on his third album Closer to the Sun. In 2009, Harris co-wrote the single "Like it Like That" with Sebastian. Harris played on and produced this #1 single which was the highest selling Australian artist single in 2009.[6][7] Harris played on and produced Sebastian's followup album Like It Like That which is being released in the US in 2010.[8]

David has also played guitar on the album, Who I Am from Nick Jonas And The Administration which was released on February 2nd 2010, but former New Power Generation bassist Sonny Thompson will replace him for live shows.

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