2014 Soul Train Award nominee, 2012 Grammy nominee, Soul Train Award – M1 Records Artist – Harasim Soundesign Record Producer

CEO M1 Music Group
President M1 Records

In addition to three popular contemporary urban jazz recordings – including Rush, the number #4 album on the 2011 Smoothjazz.com Year End Top 50 chart – Nate Harasim brings to his new relationship with Woodward Avenue Records a dynamic history as one of the genre’s top producers.
The composer, keyboardist and multi-instrumentalist has earned a Grammy nomination for his work on Dave Koz’s Billboard #1 Jazz Album Hello Tomorrow and a 2014 Soul Train nod for Vandell Andrew’s #1 hit “Let’s Ride.” He scored hit after hit after hit in multiple genres as a producer and as a tireless entertainer stage appearances include performing at President Obama’s Inaugural Ball and playing twice at the Dubai International Jazz Festival.
Considering the wide expanse of genres and independent artists he works with as owner of Harasim Soundesign – classical, hip-hop, contemporary jazz, house, R&B and beyond – it’s hardly surprising that the Michigan based performer offers a wildly eclectic musical ride with a freewheeling palette of musical colors on his explosive label debut #ShadesofNate. When one of Harasim’s clients, saxophonist Phil Denny, had asked Sheila E. about the “shtick” that made him unique, the legendary singer/percussionist said, “His shtick is crazy.”

Despite his many successes, Harasim’s frustrations with an industry that often demands sameness and conformity rather than full-blown individual creative expression led him to step away from music for a few years. Serious about switching careers, he had begun training in a new field when Dave Koz called him and urged him to do one more album. Koz’s encouragement, inspired Harasim to get back in the groove – and now, with his production business flourishing and the release of #ShadesofNate, he couldn’t be happier. “It’s the freedom to be who I wanted to be as an artist that sealed the deal,” he says, “and I’ve even started working on my next project.”