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The Underdogs: Harvey Mason Jr. & Damon Thomas

11.04.03: The Underdogs recently entered into a label deal with Clive Davis and J Records to form Underdog Entertainment.  Harvey Mason Jr. aned Damon Thomas will develop, produce and sign new acts to Underdog Entertainment, as well as continue to produce artists on J Records, among other labels.  J Records will handle all marketing, promotion, sales and distribution responsibilities for Underdog Entertainment. 

The Underdogs have contributed to over 50 Singles and albums that have reached gold, platuinum, and multi-platinum sales status and have generated numerous top 10 singles.  Clive Davis, Chairman/CEO of the RCA Music Group comments, "Damon Thomas and Harvey Mason, Jr. are two extremely gifted persons who have been important producers for us since the inception of J Records.  they have continually kept the bar high, consistently delivering first-rate cuts for Tyrese, Kelly Clarkson, Mario and others.  Now, we are thrilled to more officially partner them as they marry their terrific songwriting and producing skills with discovering and nurturing their own up-and-coming talent."

Publishing Company Affiliate:
BMG

How old were you when you wrote your first song?

According to Harvey, "I started writing very early but my first song was recorded when I was 7 by Grover Washington Jr. and was called "love makes it better.""

Instruments Played:

Keyboards, drums, percussion, a little bass and guitar


Catalog consists of:

"Gotsta Be" B2K; "How you gonna act like that", Tyrese; "What your name is", Mario; "Still on my brain", Justin Timberlake; "Shoulda woulda coulda", Brian McKnight

Influences:

Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, Timbaland, R. Kelly, Dr. Dre, Rodney Jerkins

Other genres you desite to write:

Rock/Alternative

Currently working on:

Craig David, Ruben Studdard, Babyface, Dream

Greatest challenge facing songwriters today:

Right now, people are not playing a lot of great music.  We fight everyday to keep writing songs that will be popular in 10 years

The Ultimate goal:

Create music that will be enjoyed now and in the future by people everywhere and have our music move people or affect them in a good way.