08.18.03: Davis leashes Underdogs
Thomas: 'Clive has a true love for artists and their music'
By PHIL GALLO
The Underdogs, the production and songwriting team of Harvey Mason Jr. and Damon Thomas, have signed an exclusive two-year joint label venture with Clive Davis and J Records.
J Records will handle all marketing, promotion, sales and distribution responsibilities for Mason and Thomas' Underdog Entertainment. The duo will develop, produce and sign new acts to Underdog, as well as continue to produce artists on J Records, among other labels.
In less than three years, the Underdogs have contributed to more than 50 singles and albums that have reached gold, platinum and multiplatinum sales status. Current projects include "American Idol" Ruben Studdard's upcoming album on J Records and discs from Craig David, Heather Headley, Babyface, Dream and Joe. The Underdogs have worked with Justin Timberlake, Tyrese, Toni Braxton, Mariah Carey and Jennifer Lopez.
"Clive has a true love for artists and their music, and that is exciting to us," Thomas said. "We are confident in working with Clive and his staff that we will develop some really special talent."
L.A.-based Underdog Entertainment sports four state-of-the-art studio facilities and offices for marketing, A&R and production staff.