MONTEZ “TEZ” HARRIS
FRONT STREET ENTERPRISE//WORK THE MOVE RECORDS
If Atlanta is indeed the new mecca of the music industry, few have contributed more in establishing the peach state capital’s global music dominance than Super Producer-Engineer Montez Harris aka, Tez. While the majority of his friends were playing sports or causing mischief, young Tez was learning how to record and purchasing his first beat machine. Shortly after mastering its use, Tez flexed his music muscle by serving as one of the primary producers for influential southern Hip-Hop acts, The Youngbloodz, Jim Crow, and The Attic Crew. After garnering critical acclaim for his extraordinary production style, due largely in part to his groundbreaking work with the Youngbloodz, Tez caught the attention of legendary production trio Organized Noize. It would be his pairing with Rico Wade, Ray Murray, and Patrick “Sleepy” Brown, who collectively comprise Organized Noize that would lead to Tez becoming an iconic figure in the Atlanta music scene.
Considered by many as one of the chief architects of the Atlanta sound, Tez has produced, engineered, and discovered many of the artists who have laid the foundation for the city’s monumental rise to power. Superstar talent such as Outkast, Goodie Mob, Joi, Sleepy Brown, Cool Breeze, Slim Calhoun, YoungBloodZ, EJ The Witch Doctor, Manish Man, Backbone, Cutty, Shawty Put (WB), Konkrete (PURPLE RIBBON), Playboi Tre, Left Eye of TLC, Nivea, Mark Twayne, Suga Suga (DJ TOOMP), Big Floaty, Jazzy Pha, Bone Crusher, Lil Jon, Polow Da Don, Jagged Edge, Big Oomp, Slick Pulla, Fiend, Dem Franchize Boyz, and Jermaine Dupree. Never one to boast about past accomplishments or to sit idle, Tez found time to work with an array of artists outside of Atlanta to include Mint Condition, Spice 1, Sunny Valentine, Too Short, Rich Boy, and others.
Blessed with the type of humility often found in great ministers coupled with a grade school teacher’s patience are the qualities that set Tez apart from his contemporaries. It’s these same attributes that led the Atlanta native to start his now famous independent artist showcases. The ultimate humanitarian, Tez has mentored countless unknown artists & producer’s and provided them free of charge an opportunity to showcase their abilities, two of which have gone on to fare well on the hit television show American Idol.
Having fulfilled the majority of his music aspirations thus far, Tez along with business partners Dorcey Miller formed Front Street Entertainment. With state of the art recording studios in Atlanta, Arkansas, and South Carolina, Front Street Ent's prepared to show the next up and coming artist, producer, songwriter, or musician from an unpopular region how to become the center of the music universe.