J Collars The Underdogs

10.04.03: Production Duo Will Find, Develop New Acts For Its Own Label

The Underdogs add the title "Label owner" to their resume.  Songwriting/production duo Harvey Mason Jr. and Damon Thomas' Underdog Entertainment has signed a deal with Clive Davis and J Records.
The Pact calls for Mason and Thomas to develop, produce and sign new acts to Underdog Entertainment.  J Records will oversee all marketing, promotion, sales and distribution for the new label.  The Underdogs will contiue to produce artists on J Records and other Labels.
"This has been our goal for the last few years while we've been building a production company and finding artists we're inspired by," Mason says.  He adds that the label is negotiating deals with two artists.  Look for the first Underdog Entertainment/J release next year.  In the meantime, the Los Angeles-based team is working on projects by "American Idol" second-season winner Ruben Studdard, Craig David, Heather Headley, Babyface, Dream, and Joe.  The team's past music credentials include Justin Timberlake, Tyrese, Mariah Carey, Pink, B2K, and Luther Vandross.

Pictured: Damon Thomas, Clive Davis, Harvey Mason Jr.  Signing the new merger