Bio

For the past twenty years, Harvey Mason Jr. has penned and produced songs for both industry legends and today's biggest superstars. Everyone from Whitney Houston to Beyoncé, Elton John to Justin Timberlake, Aretha Franklin to Jennifer Hudson, Toni Braxton to Britney Spears, Luther Vandross to Ne-Yo, and Michael Jackson to Chris Brown have called on Harvey to deliver uniquely musical, yet radio friendly hit records.

 

Harvey was born in Boston, Massachusetts where his parents attended the prestigious Berklee College of Music. Harvey’s father, Harvey Mason, Sr., is a noted jazz drummer and founding member of the group, Fourplay. Mason Jr. grew up in Los Angeles where he tagged along to his father’s recording sessions with the likes of Quincy Jones, Carole King, The Brothers Johnson and Herbie Hancock. Harvey wrote his first song, “Love Makes It Better” for Grover Washington, Jr. at the age of eight. Besides being a gifted musician, Harvey was also a gifted athlete and attended the University of Arizona on a basketball scholarship and played in the 1988 Final Four with teammates Sean Elliott and Steve Kerr.

 

Harvey’s first success came when we wrote the song “Truthfully” for Brandy’s 1998 release Never Say Never. He then joined forces with Rodney Jerkin’s, Darkchild Entertainment, and continued to write and produce hits for the likes of Jennifer Lopez, Destiny’s Child, Toni Braxton, Whitney Houston and Michael Jackson. In 2000, Mason Jr. and Damon Thomas formed the production duo The Underdogs who’s first hit was Tyrese’s “I Like Them Girls”. They continued to top the R&B charts with hits for B2K, Marques Houston, Ruben Studdard, Joe, Avant, and Omarion. Harvey topped the charts in 2009 with the number one hit, “No Air” with Jordin Sparks and Chris Brown and again in 2012 with Chris Brown’s “Turn Up The Music”.

 

In 2006, Harvey produced the soundtrack for the movie musical Dreamgirls where his work on Jennifer Hudson’s rendition of “And I’m Telling You I’m Not Going” helped earn her an Academy Award for her performance. His work on Dreamgirls was the first to produce three Oscar-nominated songs from the same film in the same year. In 2008, Harvey Mason Media produced the major motion picture More Than A Game documenting the incredible journey of LeBron James’ high school basketball team. The movie garnered a second place People’s Choice Award at the prestigious Toronto Film Festival behind the film Slumdog Millionaire. Harvey also composed the score to the film and served as executive producer on the soundtrack Music Inspired By More Than A Game released on his label Mason Music through Interscope Records. In 2012, Harvey was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for the song “The Living Proof” with Mary J. Blige featured in the movie The Help. Sadly, he was the last producer to work with Whitney Houston when he produced the songs “His Eye On The Sparrow” and “Celebrate” for the movie Sparkle. Later in 2012, Harvey produced all of the a cappella vocal performances for the hit film Pitch Perfect featuring Rebel Wilson and Anna Kendrick. In 2014, he produced the music for Get On Up, the film about the life and music of the legendary James Brown. Harvey again joined with the cast of Pitch Perfect with the addition of Hailey Steinfeld to produce new a cappella hits for the movie’s 2015 sequel. In the summer of 2015, Harvey arranged and produced all the legendary NWA music for the theatrical release of Straight Outta Compton. Most recently, he is wrote and produced the music for the NBC broadcast of The Wiz Live!.

 

Harvey proudly serves on the National Board of Trustees for the Recording Academy and serves as co-chair of the Producers and Engineers Wing. He is also a member of the Board of Trustees for his Alma mater, the University of Arizona. Harvey donates his time and resources to several charitable organizations including GRAMMY in the Schools, MusicCares Foundation, Ronald McDonald House, the American Cancer Society, and Los Angeles Children’s Hospital. Harvey received the Spirit of Excellence Award in 2012 by the T.J. Martell Foundation for his philanthropic efforts.

Credits

Filmography


The Wiz Live!

http://www.nbc.com/the-wiz-live

Music Producer

Soundtrack Producer

 

Straight Outta Compton

http://www.straightouttacompton.com/#/

Music Producer

 

Pitch Perfect 1 & 2

http://www.pitchperfectmovie.com/

Vocal Producer

Soundtrack Producer

 

Dreamgirls

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yK4AEkzYDIE

Music Producer, Soundtrack Producer

 

Get On Up

http://www.getonupmovie.com/

Music Producer

Soundtrack Producer

 

The Help

http://www.dreamworksstudios.com/films/the-help

Original Song “The Living Proof”

 

More Than a Game

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=teiKLyw24bI

Executive Producer

Music Composer, Arranger and Producer

Soundtrack Producer

 

Currently producing music for the upcoming Universal/Illumination animated film titled “Sing.”

 

Harvey has also written and/or produced new music for:

Sisters

Trainwreck

Think Like a Man

Sparkle

Kung Fu Panda

Shrek

Bobby

The Braxton Family Values



Discography

Avant - "4 Minutes", "When It Hurts"
Babyface - "Cant Stop Now", "Loneliness"
Backstreet Boys - "Rush Over Me"
Victoria Beckham - "Girlfriend", "Always Be My Baby"
Beyonce - "Listen"
Jack Black & Cee-Lo - "Kung Fu Fighting"
Brandy - "Truthfully"
B2K - "Gots Ta Be"
B5 - "All Over Again, "What It Do", "Things I Would Do"
Dane Bowers - "Shut Up And Forget About It"
Toni Braxton - "He Wasn't Man Enough", "I Wanna Be (Your Baby)", "I Hate You", "Finally", "Hands Tied", "Hero", "Why Don't You Love Me", "Stay"
Chris Brown - "Ya Man Ain't Me", "Young Love", "Is This Love", "Take You Down", "Help Me", "Get At Cha", "Nothin", "Lottery", "Superhuman", "Heart Ain't A Brain"
Kelly Clarkson - "Thankful", "You Thought Wrong"
Deborah Cox - "If I Had One Wish", "U Need To Quit"
Craig David - "Take 'Em Off", "My Love Don't Stop"
Dream - "That's OK", "Promise Me"
Dreamgirls - Movie Soundtrack
Fantasia - "Ain't Gonna Beg", "This Is Me", "Always On My Mind"
Fourplay - "Sexual Healing", "Love TKO" (featuring Ruben Studdard)
Aretha Franklin featuring Fantasia - "Put You Up On Game"
Aretha Franklin featuring Mary J.Blige - "Never Gonna Break My Faith"
Ginuwine - "Good For Nothing", "Please You", "Show Off" (feat. RL), "Open the Door" (feat. RL)
Whitney Houston - "I Look To You", "Song For You"
Jennifer Hudson - "And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going", "Love You I Do", "Where You At", "If This Isn't Love", "My Heart", "You Pulled Me Through", "Invisible"
Javier - "Beautiful U R", "Biggest Mistake", "Slow Motion"
Lyfe Jennings - "Cops Up"
Joe - "Ain't Nothin' Like Me", "Priceless", "Beautiful"
JoJo - "Baby It's You", "Never Say Goodbye"
Donell Jones - "Ooh Na Na", "Cuttin Me Off"
K-Ci & JoJo - "Love Me Carefully"
Tynisha Keli - "Walls Up"
Dave Koz - "Whisper In Your Ear"
Leona Lewis - "I Know Who I Am"
Luke and Q - "My Turn"
Mario - "What Your Name Is", "Holla Back", "Could U Be", "How Could You", "I'm The One", "If I Hurt You"
Marques Houston - "Naked", "Always & Forever"
Jessica Mauboy - "Fight For You", "Here For Me"
Brian McKnight - "Shoulda Woulda Coulda"
Katharine McPhee - "Do What You Do"
Mishon - "Text Me", "Life Guard", "Just A Kiss"
Monica - "Sideline Ho", "My Everything"
Musiq Soulchild - "Today"
R.L. Huggar - "Good Man", "Model Chick"
NLT - "That Girl"
Nina - "What If"
Olivia - "You Got The Damn Thing"
Omarion - "O", "Midnight", "Im Try-na"
Stacie Orrico - "More To Life", "I Promise"
Calvin Richardson - "Not Like This"
Jordin Sparks - "No Air" - featuring Chris Brown, "Don't Let It Go To Your Head"
Britney Spears - "Mannequin"
Ruben Studdard - "Sorry 2004", "Change Me", "Get Loose", "Love TKO" (Fourplay)
Tank - "Please Don't Go", "My Body", My Heart", "Wedding Song", "If You Dream", "Sex Music","Beautiful", "You Mean That Much"
Justin Timberlake - "Still On My Brain"
Tyrese - "I Like Them Girls", "How You Gonna Act Like That", "One", "I Ain't Tryna", "Better To Know", "Come Back To Me Shawty", "With Me"
J. Valentine - "She's Worth The Trouble", "Wassup", "Heartbreak"
Luther Vandross - "If I Was The One"
Luther Vandross and Elton John - "Anyone Who Had A Heart"
Charlie Wilson - "What If I'm The One", "Homeless", "Can't Live Without You"
Elliott Yamin - "Doorway", "Always"
Ya Boy - "We Ready" (from "More Than A Game" soundtrack)
Jessica Mauboy - "Here For Me", "Fight For You"