You’ve either got soul or you don’t. David Ryan Harris most definitely does.
The singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist has built an impressive catalog of soulful stories that instantly captivate. “Soulfulness comes from telling stories in in the most honest and direct way that you can,” he says. “People relate to what you’re saying when you sing from the heart.”
That’s exactly what Harris has done throughout his near three-decade career. Whether it be in early bands such as Follow For Now, Brand New Immortals or over the course of six full-length solo albums, he tells stories that resonate. He’s carried this same spirit while producing, writing and/or performing with the likes of John Mayer, Dave Matthews, India.Arie, Cassandra Wilson and Guy Sebastian—with whom he co-wrote the RIAA platinum-certified “Battle Scars”. Most recently, it drove Harris’ 2015’s Lightyears, which boasted guest spots from John Mayer, India.Arie, and Nikka Costa. Along the way, he received acclaim from All Music Guide, Glide Magazine, Elmore Magazine, Performer Magazine, AXS, Relix Magazine, and many others in addition to performing on Fox, CBS, and The CW in between packed tours. His next chapter unfolds on his 2017 seventh offering, Songs For Other People. The songs were culled from collaborations with a multitude of co-writers over the course of the last year or so.
In order to track Songs For Other People, he tapped the talents of drummer Terrence Clark who he met on YouTube, keyboard player Zach Ray, and GRAMMY® Award winning producer Mike Elizondo [Eminem, Dr. Dre, Fiona Apple, Maroon 5] on bass. They cut the album’s seven jams in less than three weeks’ time during 2016. Between returning to the road on guitar duty for John Mayer in 2017, Harris will be performing across North America on solo shows.
Born and raised in Hawai’i, Justin Young began his career with a number of successful albums in his home state. With eleven number-one hits on Hawai’i radio and 4 Hawaiian Music Awards under his belt, Justin relocated to Los Angeles. He quickly established a following in the local music scene and connected with other singer/songwriters including Colbie Caillat, eventually joining her band.
Young toured with Caillat as her acoustic guitarist/background vocalist for four years and became Music Director of her band. After traveling the world and co-writing two songs on Colbie’s last album, Young decided to re-focus on his own music and during the summer of 2012, Justin toured the US with Trevor Hall and Anuhea and has since opened many shows for Colbie Caillat, Gavin Degraw and LeAnn Rimes.