Eric Owens Harper

Norman "Tony D" Williams
Raye Edwards
Eric Owens Harper

Eric Owens Harper, "Red," Manager of Doranor Music, A Division of Pure Soul Music Inc, spent his youth between Texas and North Carolina where Roberta Flake was once the music teacher at the then H. B. Sugg High School. He recorded background vocals in New York for Rudy Gaye. Rudy, also from the same hometown, was the lead vocalist of Ace Spectrum, a hot 70's R&B recording group from Brooklyn. "We started young learning to play guitars and drums, etc., in the early days. If you could not play or sing, you just watched. We worked hard to mold our talents. Everybody wanted to be a professional musician." When we started Pure Soul Music Inc., we wanted to be different from many of the troubled camps at the time of gangs and violence in the business. R&B would be our strength mostly because of the gospel background of the corporation. We started with Raye Edwards, Tony Williams, and former partner Dorian Daniels. Being fortunate to sign to Daryl Simmons gave us the opportunity to learn and work with the best. Daryl is a no-nonsense producer who has made a career in the music business. We couldn't have been blessed more. In this business, exposure is important. The biggest gift you can have in this business is recognizing special talent. I have worked with Doranor Music because of the talented gifts in the corporation. It's not often that you find a team that can work with anybody. Whether demos or cutting, we are structurally sound in the industry. As I meet many of the famous artists around the country shopping demos, my most cherish experience is the meetings and dress rehearsal with the Godfather of Soul, Mr. James Brown himself. "You tend to forget what this music business is all about until you meet and talk with the man who helped start it all." He played all instruments and performed at an unbelievable level. Raye and Tony are so focused on perfection; it has to be right. Learning song structure and foundations is an ongoing process. More often, our products speak for themselves. We have a rule: "Let the music do the talking for us." Doranor Music is the kind of Basement Company that lays many of the foundations for successful music. Whether it is remakes or new concepts, we can be creative. We love working with up and coming young talent as well. From Rap to Hip-Hop our doors are open to those who have invested time in developing their skills. We receive many demos from artists, and producers. So we try to review them all, for we know a star is born everyday.

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