FELECIA HARTE founded JaJer Music, BMI, publishing and licensing in the eighties and then went on to establish CenMae Star Publishing, ASCAP and HarteCast Music, SESAC . Her skills naturally evolved into producing and recording her music and in order to evolve with the times, began creating, directing and producing music videos.
This indomitable lady began her music career as a songwriter. Ms. Harte pitched her songs to managers, artists, publishers, etc. but didn’t want to idly wait for others to record her songs. Instead, Ms. Harte decided to commence TORCH Records and at the same time, she began JaJer Music. Some of you may remember the infamous TORCH label with the yellow background and bright red letters spelling out TORCH with the flames of fire rising off the tops of each letter. When the record would spin on the turntable, it looked as though it were on fire, and in fact, these hot tracks were on fire! Ms. Harte had releases every year on the TORCH label or a TORCH distributor label for over a decade!
Being at the helm of TORCH records quite naturally lent itself to Felecia’s role also as a music producer, and she began producing herself and other artists as well, such as Meechelle LaChaux, The Case, Eva Chew, Lorenzo Taylor, and Leland Usher.
After garnering the respect of her peers in the music industry by running a successful label, she came to the attention of Holland Dozier Holland. In the 1990s, Ms. Harte was asked to join the HDH family. She relocated to Los Angeles where she worked for six years with the legendary Eddie and Brian Holland of Motown fame, who along with Lamont Dozier, penned the many number one hits for the Supremes and many other music legends before HDH parted ways with Motown. How exciting those years must have been for Ms. Harte working with HDH - a songwriter working with arguably two of the greatest songwriters of all time! During this time, Ms. Harte also has the honor of sharing a copyright with prolific songwriter Ben Weisman, who wrote more songs for Elvis Presley than anyone on the planet. Sadly, Ben Weisman has passed, but he is remembered as one of the great songcrafting masters!
Felecia returned to her home, San Francisco, where she began managing local talent such as songwriter/producer, Jeruss. Jeruss is a very talented and gifted songwriter/arranger/producer who, along with Felecia, is co-author of the sultry, “Ride With Me”, and writer/arranger/producer on “Never Come Down”, a smokin’ pop-dance track. These tracks were released on CD via "HartecastMusic.com" which was founded by Ms. Harte in 2009. The response to the CD release, “Hartecastmusic.com Presents...Ride With Me”, has been great and the single, “Bad Little Girl”, by Roxanne, a smoldering track has been a smoldering success... Hot on the heels of the "Ride With Me" CD, "HartecastMusic.com" released "Lookin‘ Good" and sister track, "Look Good Fitness" which is the anthem for a fitness lifestyle. Ms. Harte likes to discover fresh talent; case in point, Thais. Captivating…this is the perfect one-word description of Thais’ vocal performance of the song, “You Make Me Smile”. Ms. Harte had the pleasure and distinct honor of producing 11-time Grammy Awards winner, Tony Lindsay, on the RnB/Hip-Hop track, "I’m Fallin’". Tony Lindsay has been the front man for Santana for 20 years plus and his smooth yet distinct vocals is a potion born in alchemy that is sure to produce platinum!
In San Francisco, she re-connected with her co-producer, Steve Krchniak, who is an alumnus of the prestigious Berklee School Of Music. Felecia and Steve‘s combined talents are magical; their musical talents complement each other beautifully as demonstrated by Hartecast Music’s latest CD album release, "The Soul Of US A", represents music that originated in the USA and is loved all over the world! This compilation CD Includes the soulful salute, "Good Man" sung by the very talented, LeeAnn Christopherson and is a tribute to all the men who are providing for, caring for and protecting their families and loved ones everyday! LeeAnn Christopherson‘s vocals are powerful and she really delivers the song. Also not to be missed is the very gifted guitarist, Bob Castell-Blanch, who adds the perfect guitar solo. "The Soul Of US A" is now available on Amazon.com and select singles such as "Good Man" are available now also on HartecastMusic.com’s Shop page.
Felecia has digitized her classic vinyl recordings while writing and producing new material. Go to the "SongCast" pages to enjoy the classics along with the new music; all of the music is original! It seems as though Felecia has come full circle....songwriting and producing have always been her first, true love.
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