Harvey Mason, Jr is a six-time Grammy Award-winning American songwriter, record producer and movie producer. He has written and produced songs for popular performers in the music industry including Aretha Franklin, Elton John, Whitney Houston, and Luther Vandross as well as current artists like Britney Spears, Jordin Sparks, Chris Brown, Jennifer Hudson, Leona Lewis, Mary J. Blige and Justin Timberlake. He served as executive producer on the film “More Than A Game” - a documentary featuring NBA star, LeBron James.
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. 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”.
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 Sr. 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”. 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 Invincible by Michael Jackson.
In 2000, Mason Jr. co-wrote the track “I Like Them Girls” with Damon Thomas for Tyrese’s album “2000 Watts”. 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. In 2001, he collaborated with British designer and former member of the Spice Girls Victoria Beckham on her debut album Victoria Beckham on tracks like "Girlfriend" and some b-sides. In 2004, The Underdogs signed a label deal through BMG under Clive Davis and created Underdog Music Publishing, a joint venture with Rondor/Universal Music. 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. 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 "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.
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” 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" 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. 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 Film Festival in 2008 where it won first runner up to best film, “Slumdog Millionaire”. Lions Gate Films will distribute the film with a fall 2009 release.Harvey Mason Music and Interscope Records distributed the soundtrack album titled "Music Inspired by More Than a Game". "More Than A Game" is nominated for best documentary at the 2010 NAACP Image Awards and the Independent Spirit Awards.
Mason Jr. is also the musical consultant on the social networking website “Sweety High” which launched in February 2010. He appeared on the 2011 season of American Idol as a mentor/producer,working with Pia Toscano and Jacob Lusk. He has also made numerous appearances on the reality series Braxton Family Values on the WEtv Network starring Toni Braxton.
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