We had the good fortune of connecting with Rod Harris Jr and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Rod, so before we jump into specifics about your story and work, let’s start higher level. What’s the most important lesson you’ve learned along your journey?
The most important lesson I have learned along my journey of being a professional musician/songwriter/producer is to be persistent, confident in my abilities, and to encourage myself with attainable goals.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I am a jazz guitarist who also has a reverence for hip-hop, classic r&b, and soul music. As a creative and independent artist, I attempt to fuse the traditions of real jazz (classic/mainstream) with all the elements of today’s modern music (hip-hop, soul, r&b). Throughout my career, I have faced some challenges. But, through determination, persistence, and the eagerness of constantly wanting to improve, I have been able to create my own business and brand as an artist, songwriter, and content creator.
Any great local spots you’d like to shoutout?
Lol. Lately, due to COVID-19, the itinerary of places to hang would be very limited. But I have been hanging out at alot of state parks and the Atlanta Beltline has been a sanity saver for all the “Shelter-In-Place” protocol. The city of Atlanta, prior to COVID, was bubbling with great restaurants, shops, and town hangs. West End, Kirkwood, Krog Street, East Atlanta, Brookhaven, Little Five Points, just to name a few.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I would like to give a shoutout to all the recording artists (label or independents) and entertainment industry people that I have worked with over the years. In each situation, I’ve learned something that has allowed me to grow in my business/brand. I am truly grateful for the collaborations. I have also learned that there are valuable career lessons and life lessons from all experiences good or bad. – You individuals know who you are – Thank you!
Photo Credit: Aila Harris (my daughter)