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The First Time: 5/10/2001 - 2001
Urban Groovz Compilation Volume 1 - 2003
UNORTHODOX - 2009
The Atlanta Chronicles - 2010
The Musicial Centurion II - 2012

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The Life and Times of Anthony Bernard Daniels aka
Moose Harris
Urban Groovz Records, 2012

Singer, Songwriter, Lyricist, Musician, Producer, Business Man. Also known as M. Harris, A.B.D., Moose, The Musical Centurion, or his birth name: Anthony Bernard Daniels.

Anthony Daniels has gained invaluable life experience through every corner of Louisiana, from the northernmost tip in Shreveport to the Crescent City near the mouth of the Mississippi River, and is already a well-known star in various genres all over the state of Louisiana and the American South. Born in New Iberia, Louisiana on St. Patrick’s Day, 1980, Anthony started his music career at the age of 3 at Mount Calvary Baptist Church with The Sunshine Choir. His first Piano Lesson was at age 6, first picked up a saxophone in the sixth grade and by high school, was self-taught on the drums. It was during his Freshman Year in Basketball that he got the nickname “Moose” (the M in M. Harris – now also referred to as Mooshus) for his aggressive play against taller opponents (he topped out at 5'11 playing Forward and some Center positions). All the while, making use of Cassette Recorders and Karaoke Machines was Anthony's passion like most kids of the 80s and 90s was Video Games. When Daniels left New Iberia in 1998 to attend the University of New Orleans (his military career started the year before, ending with an Honorable Discharge in 2003), he immediately returned to his musical roots as a Jazz Vocalist, a Classical Saxophonist and a Drummer for the school’s Pep Band. There he studied under the likes of Dr. Wee-Kee Wong Brody, Ellis Marsallis, Ed Petersen, Leah Chase-Kamata, Terrence Blanchard, and Steve Masakowski (bassist for Astral Project.)

While attending school, Daniels began experimenting with hip-hop and rap production on his computer and works with a few friends from both inside and outside of school. These experiences were expanded in 2002 when, after a semester of taking a Sociology of Music class taught by Dr. Alan Turley, Daniels became front man for the band The Reggae / Ska Conspiracy. Over the next couple of years, fans came in droves from Mobile to San Antonio to experience the Mardi Gras like atmosphere created to go along with their original mix of Reggae, Blues, R&B, Ska, and Hip-Hop. This is where the main beginnings of M. Harris began.

(http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7zDUGltvDrM)

In 2003, M. Harris’ business and production skills were manifested in the release of Urban Groovz Compilation: Volume 1, under his Urban Groovz Entertainment Brand. (www.cdbaby.com/urbangroovz) This initial album is still selling today across the world and is partly responsible for the latest Hip-Hop renaissance in Louisiana. Daniels continued his freelance production work and other music projects, all of which were wildly interrupted when Hurricane Katrina struck the city in 2005. He moved home to New Iberia, then to Lafayette several months later. “After Katrina things actually took a better turn for me,” Harris said. “With the existing Indie scene in Lafayette, and hanging out with many musicians (involved in) the Indie scene, it was easier to start networking and linking with people doing shows.”

The combination of collaborating in the Lafayette Indie Scene, and making 3-4 trips a year to Atlanta, Ga as an exclusive Producer for Rexless Records (relocated from New Orleans after Katrina, with benefits to record his own music) led to the creation of M. Harris’ first solo Album UNORTHODOX.

In addition to the Atlanta trips, 7 of the 18 songs on the album were recorded with several of the above mentioned Indie Musicians out of Lafayette, which allowed for Live Instrumental Recording at the studio of Jay Burton in St. Martinville, Louisiana. Even Dr. Turley came down from Austin to record saxophone parts. Out of the 18 total songs on this album, M. Harris wrote or co-wrote 16, produced 17, sung all harmonies, and even played drums, Fender Rhodes, and Organ throughout the album.

M. Harris was able to contribute to 4 more albums from his journeys to Georgia: The Soundtrack to the DVD Movie Rexless Teevee Volume One Alpha in 2006. N 2 Deep by Da Heat and 8/29: The Movement by the N.O. Wordsmyths in 2008, and Str8 2 Da Point by S-PYanage in 2009.

A Meeting with David “Wyzdom 360” Abshire in 2008 led to the forming of the Hip-Hop band The Congre'Gation in Lafayette. For M. Harris, this was a dream of being able to combine elements of several genres of music, but have the roots and basis come from his 2 favorite genres, Funk and Hip-Hop. It was a way to go well beyond what The Reggae / Ska Conspiracy did musically. For the next year, The Congre'Gation took the place of the now defunct Reggae/Ska Conspiracy for M. Harris, as he was able to fully rhyme, sing, and play saxophone & drums in this band.

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