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Keith Harris

ArtForm: Workshop Panellist

Keith Harris began work in the record industry in 1974. 

The first record company for which he worked was a small independent UK label called Transatlantic records.  The label represented mainly British folk musicians but also distributed the Blue Note and Milestone Jazz labels. 

In 1976 he joined EMI Records where he initially worked for several in-house EMI labels in the promotions department.  These labels included Rocket where he worked on the Elton John album ‘Blue Moves’,  Fantasy, Ariola and EMI International.  

He then joined Motown which was an EMI licensed label.  He worked for Motown for two years ending up as  General Manager for the label.  During his period at the label he worked with artists such as Marvin Gaye, Diana Ross, Smokey Robinson, The Commodores, Rick James, The Supremes, Thelma Houston and Stevie Wonder. 

He left Motown in 1978 and moved to Los Angeles to work with Stevie Wonder and became Operations Manager for Stevie’s companies.  On his return to the UK in 1982 he formed his own management company and has been involved in the management of various UK based artists since. He has managed Junior Giscombe, Junior Tucker, Paul Johnson, & Omar.

Keith managed the late Lynden David Hall, and still represents Stevie Wonder.

He is the Director of Performer Affairs for PPL.

He is a former Chairman of the MMF the managers’ trade body

He is the Chairman of Musictank

He was awarded an Honorary Doctorate by the University of Westminster in November 2007


Biog as provided for City Showcase 2011

Featuring In:

Plan It! with the Musicians Union at The Gibson Guitar Studio
Monday 09.05.2011
Finding the Future in Hull 2011
Monday 10.10.2011
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