Harvey Mason Jr. has penned and produced songs for music industry legends including Aretha Franklin, Michael Jackson, Justin Timberlake, Whitney Houston, Britney Spears and Chris Brown. He has also produced music for blockbuster musical productions with Beyoncé and Jennifer Hudson in Dreamgirls, Dr. Dre & Ice Cube in Straight Outta Compton, to the eclectic cast in Pitch Perfect, and Mary J. Blige and Ne-Yo in The Wiz Live!

Bio

HARVEY MASON JR.

Harvey Mason Jr. has not only penned and produced songs for industry legends like Aretha Franklin, Michael Jackson, Luther Vandross and Elton John, but also for today’s superstars including Justin Bieber, Britney Spears, Justin Timberlake and Chris Brown. Simultaneously, Harvey has been instrumental in producing memorable music for many of the biggest musical films from the past decade. Everyone from Beyoncé and Jennifer Hudson in Dreamgirls, Whitney Houston in Sparkle, to the eclectic casts in Pitch Perfect and SING, Dr. Dre and Ice Cube in Straight Outta Compton and Mary J. Blige and Ne-Yo in The Wiz Live! have called on Harvey to deliver music of the highest standards for blockbuster musical productions.

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 skilled athlete and attended the University of Arizona on a basketball scholarship, playing in the 1988 Final Four with teammates Sean Elliott and Steve Kerr.

Harvey’s first success came when he wrote the song “Truthfully” for Brandy’s 1998 release Never Say Never. He then joined forces with Rodney Jerkins’ 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. formed the production company, The Underdogs, whose first hit was Tyrese’s “I Like Them Girls.” He continued to top the R&B charts with hits for B2K, Marques Houston, Ruben Studdard, Joe, Ciara and Omarion, making history in 2009 with the number one hit, “No Air” featuring 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. 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” from The Help which featured Mary J. Blige. Then sadly, he 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. Later in 2012, Harvey produced 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. With the addition of Hailee Steinfeld, Harvey again joined the cast of Pitch Perfect 2 to produce new a cappella hits for the movie’s 2015 sequel. In the summer of 2015, Harvey arranged and produced all the legendary N.W.A. music for the theatrical release of Straight Outta Compton. Most recently, he wrote and produced music for the top-rated NBC broadcast of The Wiz Live! and produced over 50 songs for the animated musical SING from Universal/Illumination Entertainment. Currently, Harvey is in production for Pitch Perfect 3 and the musical reworking of the 80’s classic, Valley Girl for MGM.

Harvey proudly serves as a board member and advocacy leader for The Recording Academy and its 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.

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Press

Successful People In Hollywood Have These 4 Qualities

Every day is a work day and there is a lot to do. If I’m not always in the studio, I’m on the phone, I’m … Read More

Introducing Composer/Producer Ester Na

Harvey Mason Media proudly announces the addition of producer, composer and multi-instrumentalist, Ester Na to the studio team. With nearly 20 years of professional experience … Read More

‘Sing’: Harvey Mason, Jr.’s long list of tunes for a musical ‘toon

How do you teach an actor to sing like an egotistical mouse? Or an overworked pig? Or a shy elephant? This was Harvey Mason Jr.’s … Read More

‘Sing’ Producer Harvey Mason Jr. on New Soundtrack: ‘The Coolest Part Is the Diversity of the Music

Sing features more than 65 songs encompassing everything from rock, big band and jazz to classical, pop, R&B and dance/EDM. And that’s where Mason comes … Read More

Grammy Pro Summit

GRAMMY Pro Summit | Dallas

Harvey Shares Stories from Inside the Studio at the Texas Chapter. As part of the GRAMMY Pro Summit series, the Texas Chapter presented Studio Summit … Read More

Awards

2016 Pitch Perfect 2 Soundtrack/Various Artists Billboard Music Award “Best Soundtrack”
2016 Pitch Perfect 2 Grammy Nomination “Outstanding Motion Picture Soundtrack or Compilation”
2015 Pitch Perfect 2 American Music Award “Best Movie 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”

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