As a young child growing up in an Army family, Harrison Johnson found early comfort listening to his military mother’s soulful playlists. Such is life as a military brat, Harrison attended several different schools ultimately finding his groove in one particular blue-collar city within the Lone Star State:
“I claim Port Arthur, Texas as my hometown. My earliest memories with music would have to be in the early 90’s listening to my mama jam to R&B artists such as Boyz II Men, Troop, SWV, Shai. My earliest musical influence is Timbaland. I’ve always been amazed at how flexible his sound is, as an artist and producer.”
It’s only fitting that Harrison would connect with the legendary Timothy Mosely, widely known for his seamless blend of genres including Hip-Hop, R&B, Soul, Pop, and even Country. Following in the footsteps of his favorite producer, Harrison enjoyed experimenting with sounds himself such as playing the clarinet and alto saxophone in his 7th grade middle school band. This growing love for live instruments and attention-to-detail mindset shapes his versatile style to this day:
“I like to make music that’s expressive, that’ll make you feel a certain way when you hear it. I’m able to produce multiple genres and styles like Hip-Hop, Pop, R&B, EDM. I have a tendency of using a lot of sounds in my tracks, but each sound plays a precise role.”
After several family relocations, Harrison would ultimately find himself just south of Atlanta, graduating from Luella High in McDonough, GA in 2005. Harrison then left the urban music capital of the world and attended the University of Tennessee in Knoxville as a Psychology major.
Fast forward to 2012, where Harrison linked up with another like-minded, talented producer in Karl “KP” Powell and would end up joining his Florida-based production team The Colleagues. While building up the collective production discography, one specific placement in 2013 opened up many doors for the hungry producers:
“We landed the “No Regrets” placement on Nipsey Hussle’s Crenshaw mixtape, which gained a lot of attention.”
That same week, Harrison and The Colleagues also met critically-acclaimed, Grammy-nominated vocalist Raheem Devaughn and gained another major moment:
“Personally, I felt the biggest breakthrough was landing four songs on Raheem’s album entitled Love Sex Passion. The album debuted at #1 on the Billboard Hip-Hop/R&B Chart. Being a part of that project was a huge accomplishment.”
The incredible progress continued in 2015 when Harrison and his production partners were flown to South Korea by a major label to produce within the high-selling “K-Pop” genre. Their first international record was then released by SM Entertainment in 2016.
Harrison’s production resumes includes many of the industry’s hottest artists such as Plies, 2 Chainz, Gucci Mane, Nipsey Hussle, Lil Boosie, Don Trip, Freddie Gibbs, Jose Guapo, Alley Boy, Caskey, Machine Gun Kelly, Mistah Fab, and Starlito. However, Harrison also his sights set on producing a record that goes RIAA multi-Platinum, winning a Grammy Award, giving back to aspiring producers, as well as working with the likes of Chris Brown and Kanye West.
“There’s a quote from Denzel Washington that my mama always tells me: ‘Do what you gotta do, so you can do what you wanna do’. Those are the words that I live by.”