Calvin Harris life and biography

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Calvin Harris biography

Date of birth : 1984-01-17
Date of death : -
Birthplace : Dumfries, Scotland
Nationality : Scottish
Category : Arts and Entertainment
Last modified : 2022-01-17
Credited as : Singer-songwriter, Record Producer, We Found Love producer

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Calvin Harris (born 17 January 1984), is a Scottish singer, songwriter and record producer. He was born and grew up in Dumfries, Scotland.

His first album I Created Disco was released on 18 June 2007. The album contained up-tempo electroclash songs that were influenced by music from the 1980s. To promote ‘I Created Disco’, Harris embarked on a tour of the UK, supporting Faithless and Groove Armada.

The first release from the album was Vegas on limited edition vinyl and the first charted single released from the album was Acceptable In The 80’s, a tribute to the style and culture of the decade. The song reached the top ten on the UK singles chart, remaining on the chart for fifteen weeks. The Girls was the album’s second charted single. The fourth release from the album was Merrymaking At My Place however it only reached #43 in the UK chart.

‘Merrymaking At My Place’ caused Harris some un-needed press, as the song and video promoted filming parties at teenagers’ houses, and placing them on Youtube.

Harris’ second studio album Ready for the Weekend was released on August 17, 2009 in the United Kingdom. The first single, I’m Not Alone, was exclusively performed in Sydney, on New Year’s Eve. The single was released in April 2009. The new single debuted on BBC Radio 1 on Friday 23 January 2009, on the ‘Pete Tong’ radio show. The song featured on his MySpace with the infamous spoiler, which repeated the phrase ‘I Am Your Nan’ in a robotic voice. It debuted in the UK Singles Chart at #1 on Easter Sunday on downloads alone.

In July 2010, Harris released a mix, titled L.E.D. Festival (short for L.E.D. Festival Presents... Calvin Harris). It was available for one month as a free covermount CD in Mixmag.

In 2011, he toured with Rihanna in Australia, Poland and the UK as a support act on her Loud Tour; Rihanna was quoted to say that "Calvin is the perfect fit for the Loud tour. He is going to bring something unique and fun for the fans." Harris headlined the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras 2011 party.

During March and April 2011, Harris was scheduled to be an opening act/DJ for Katy Perry on the UK leg of her California Dreams Tour, but he withdrew from the tour shortly before his first date, citing production issues and difficulties with Perry's management in his apology to her fans. Perry publicly criticised Harris via her Twitter feed, stating that the tour's other support acts had expressed no problems with their production arrangements, but Harris later said "it's all fine" between them and that he would still like to work with her in the future.

Following "Awooga", Harris released the single "Bounce", a collaboration with Kelis that debuted at number two on the UK Singles Chart in June 2011. Another single, "Feel So Close", was released in August 2011 and also reached number two. A remix of his next single "Let's Go" premiered on Pete Tong's BBC Radio 1 show in March 2012; the original song features American R&B artist Ne-Yo and will be released as Harris's third single. The original version premiered on Kiss 100 on the same night and will be released early in March. These singles precede Harris's third studio album, which will be released in 2012; he has said of the LP, "I'm going for pretty epic-sounding dance records. I guess the whole sound has just moved on in terms of production as I've got a new studio and some new gear to make the sounds I wasn't able to make before."

In 2007, Harris caught the attention of pop singer Kylie Minogue after his recordings had been passed on to her by another record producer. This led to him co-writing and producing two songs on her 2007 album X—"Heart Beat Rock" and "In My Arms", the latter a top ten hit in the UK. Harris said that working with Minogue was "surreal, but fun" although he admitted to Mixmag in 2007 to "needing a few drinks before meeting her". Harris returned to work with Minogue on her album Aphrodite (2010), co-producing the track "Too Much".

In 2011, Harris featured on LMFAO's album Sorry for Party Rocking, appearing on the track "Reminds Me of You" which is based on Harris's own song "Awooga". Harris produced Tinchy Stryder's second single, "Off the Record" from his fourth studio album, Full Tank. The track had its première on 15 September 2011, and was released in the UK on 6 November 2011.

Following a stint as her support act on the Australian leg of her tour, Harris produced "We Found Love" and "Where Have You Been" for Barbadian singer Rihanna. The former is the lead single from her sixth studio album, Talk That Talk, and was premiered in September 2011. It has reached number one in countries such as the UK and the United States, becoming Harris's first charting appearance on the Billboard Hot 100. He co-wrote and co-produced the bonus track "One Life" for R&B singer Mary J. Blige's album My Life II... The Journey Continues (Act 1) (2011).

His fifth effort, Funk Wav Bounces, Vol. 1, arrived in the summer of 2017. Boasting a festival's worth of inspired guest artists, Bounces featured Frank Ocean and Migos on "Slide," Young Thug, Pharrell Williams, and Ariana Grande on "Heatstroke," Future and Khalid on "Rollin'," and Katy Perry, Big Sean, and Williams on "Feels," in addition to further collaborations with John Legend, Schoolboy Q, D.R.A.M., Nicki Minaj, Lil Yachty, Snoop Dogg, and more. In 2018, Harris began to roll out a series of standalone singles, starting with "Nuh Ready, Nuh Ready" featuring Canadian rapper PartyNextDoor. Later that year, Harris scored a pair of '90s-house-tinged U.K. chart-toppers: one with Dua Lipa ("One Kiss") and another with Sam Smith ("Promises"). He also reached number two in the U.K. with his song "Giant" with Rag'n'Bone Man. More collaborations followed, including 2020's "Over Now" with the Weeknd, which arrived in August 2020 and "By Your Side" with Tom Grennan, which appeared in June 2021.

Here’s a list of Calvin Harris’ songs:

Slide (feat. Frank Ocean & Migos)
One Kiss (with Dua Lipa)
This Is What You Came For (feat. Rihanna)
Feels (feat. Pharrell Williams, Katy Perry & Big Sean)
Feel So Close
Outside (feat. Ellie Goulding)
How Deep Is Your Love
Blame (feat. John Newman)
Sweet Nothing (feat. Florence Welch)
Promises (with Sam Smith)
Over Now (with The Weeknd)
My Way
Rollin (feat. Future & Khalid)
I Need Your Love (feat. Ellie Goulding)
Under Control (feat. Hurts)
By Your Side (feat. Tom Grennan)

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