One of the greatest blessings for us in our recording ministry is Harry King. When we began, we knew nothing about recording. All we knew is that we wanted to produce recordings that would not only be professional in technical quality but would also carry an anointing – recordings that would allow God to reach through our music and bring comfort and healing.
Introduced to Harry by a priest friend, we soon found that he could do everything we wanted technically and,even more importantly, was also a man of complete integrity, totally committed to his Catholic faith, and excited about helping us create prayerful music that would carry God’s healing touch. In the early years, we recorded in various studios throughout Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire, and Pennsylvania. The engineers at most of the studios already knew Harry, and the ones who didn’t soon recognized they were in the hands of a master, and they would inevitably move over and let Harry take the controls. Harry produced and played keyboards for almost all our CDs, and he composed most of the beautiful background music in The Rosary & The Chaplet of Divine Mercy, La Coronilla a la Misericordia, and The Gospel Rosary of Pope John Paul II. He has become an indispensable part of our music ministry and a great friend. I can’t imagine producing a CD without him. Harry, you’re the king! Thanks for being with us.
Harry King’s Bio
Born in Portland, Maine in 1944, Harry King began studying piano at age 4, and music has been the driving force in his life ever since. By 1958, he was playing professionally for live shows, and in 1959, at the age of 15, he began playing backup for such major stars as Chubby Checker, Del Shannon, Danny and the Juniors, Dionne DiMucci, Johnny Tillotson, and many others. In the 1960s, in addition to live performing, Harry began working in professional studios: engineering, composing, arranging, and playing keyboards. Gifted with an unusual ability to adapt to virtually any kind of music, he has had a wide and varied career, from creating advertising jingles to composing, arranging, and producing for musicians of all genres, including country, pop, rap, reggae, jazz, gospel, and contemporary Christian. The recipient of the Hatch Award for writing and producing Cinncinati Reds radio themes in 1975-76, Harry has written and produced over 2000 radio and TV spots, and has played keys, arranged, and composed for such artists as Englebert Humperdinck, Joe Perry of Aerosmith, Brad Delp of Boston, New Kids on the Block, Freddy Cannon, and hundreds of others. He played keys in Los Angeles for Robin Thicke’s first album (“It’s a Beautiful Life,” – Interscope Label), and is currently working with him on a second album. His Gold Record credits include producing and engineering the hit single “General-Hospitale,” and playing piano and arranging for Dick Curless’ Gold Single “A Tombstone Every Mile.” Since 1995, in addition to producing 13 of the Flynn family CDs, Harry has produced for several other Catholic artists and groups, including Nancy Tanguay Nadeau, Fr. Michael Barrett, Lazarus, and The Brothers of Hope. In 2004, he moved from Maine to a farm in Pittsburg, TX, where he lives with his wife Donna, a professional singer who works with him in music ministry and studio sessions. Harry now does some of his production in a small digital studio he set up at the farm, but he still travels to work in other studios as well, including various studios in the Boston area; Victorian Studio in Bangor, ME;Granite Rocks Studio in Derry, NH; and MercySong Studios here in Stockbridge, MA.
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