Robert Harper is an American bass guitarist/composer. Robert spent his childhood years growing up in the suburb of Carson, California. His neighborhood peers as a child growing up were Chuckii Booker (Lionel Richie, Janet Jackson, TLC, Troop), Terence Thomas (Barry White), Bendrix Williams (Teena Marie / Ice-T), Wilton Felder Jr. (son of Wilton Felder Sr. of the jazz group-The Crusaders), and Brian O'Neal (The Bus Boys). Later, such young R&B acts as The Boys, and Brandy & Ray J would also follow as residents in this rich musical community of gifted artists. Robert started playing bass at the age of 14 and performed in all of his school and community park talent shows. By the age of 17 he was proficient enough on the bass guitar to start playing professionally at various local night clubs though he was under the legal age requirements. He then furthered his studies at the Musicians Institute in Hollywood, California and upon his departure from music school he started working regularly in the USA.
Robert uses an array of electronic effects furnished by one of his biggest sponsors "Morley Pedals" to shape his "NuJazzFunk" bass sound. He is also a very prolific songwriter who also plans on showcasing more of his lyrical songwriting abilities as well in the near future producing R&B/Neo Soul female vocal acts. When time permits Mr.Harper lends his skills and abilities to instruct young and upcoming bass guitar students on the concepts of music theory and sight-reading through private instruction. Some of Robert's past music instructors include: Louis Johnson, Bunny Brunel, Oskar Cartaya, and Kevin "Brandino" Brandon a 7 time Grammy Awarded, Producer, Composer, Arranger, and Bassist.....additionally Robert learned how to use multiple effect pedals from the teachings of legendary rock bassist "Tim Bogart" of Vanilla Fudge. Robert was once hired by funk bass legend Louis Johnson in the funk band "Eveready" to accompany Louis performing various "Brothers Johnson" hits. Robert Harper has also played bass side by side with fellow funkateer / the late great bassist Robert Wilson of the "Gap Band" fame who actually doubled on drums while Robert Harper handled the bass duties.
He's shared the stage with former Disney Mouseketeer, Actress, and Christian Soul Vocal Artist "Raquel Herring" , and Robert also took on the duty as "musical director" for the short lived cable TV variety talent show "In The House" (Downey Cable Network) where he's gained a wealth of knowledge performing in front of television studio cameras in conjunction with a live studio audience. Robert played bass for R&B crooners the " California Executives" who were based out of San Diego, California...performing all over the state of California and Las Vegas, Nevada.....In 2012 Robert stepped out as a solo recording artist to rave reviews with a continued plan for more of his music to be recorded in the future, and currently as a session bassist Robert stays busy laying down the low-end for numerous Indie-bands throughout Southern California and the great state of Maryland....Mr.Harper has the full backing of "Paul Lairat Basses" who take care of all his bass guitar needs, and he also self-produces product videos for music companies demonstrating their various musical instruments & products to the general public. Robert Harper's CD/EP which get's worldwide distribution from the likes of Rapper Jay-Z's Tidal, iTunes, Spotify, Amazon, Google Play, Shazam, Apple Music, YouTube Music, Napster, iHeart Radio, Deezer, and a list of others debuted in 2012 and was self produced . Robert is following up the success of his 2012 Nujazzfunk album with the long-awaited 2018 single release titled "All About That Funk" which he produced, arranged, composed, and performed solely by himself with the exception of Eugene Chapman on saxophone. Today Robert has added another dimension to his performance status with his all acoustic band "Robert Harper & Friends" which performs at selected events across the US....Mr.Harper's personal manager is his wife Aisha Harper who happens to be the cousin of legendary keyboardist, producer, arranger, and songwriter Wayne Linsey (American Idol / Tonight show with Jay Leno).
Robert's funky style, high visibility, and energetic personality have also garnered him endorsements from various companies such as: Paul Lairat Basses, Traynor Amplification, Morley Pedals, EMG Pickups, Optima Gold Strings, RapcoHorizon Accessories, ENKI Cases, Fishman Transducers, Levy's Leather - Straps & Gigbags, Beat Buddy - Drum Machines, Pandamidi - Future Impact Bass Synthesizer Pedal, Essential Sound Products - MusicCord, Pigtronix Effect Pedals, and Cable Porters - Cable Wraps. He frequently travels to Anaheim, California and Nashville,Tennessee to perform for his many sponsors at the NAMM Show (National Association of Music Merchants) which is the world's largest music trade show in existence today. Robert Harper is also an active member of The Recording Academy and Owner/Operator of J.Productions Rehearsal Studio located in Upper Marlboro, Maryland.
Robert Harper currently resides in Upper Marlboro, Maryland.
PROFESSIONAL MUSICIAN (4 & 5 STRING) ELECTRIC & ACOUSTIC BASS GUITARS / ELECTRIC UPRIGHT BASS
Live performances, recording, clinics, touring.
Live performances, recording, clinics, touring.