Dr. Maurice L. Harris, also known as Ionne, is a composer, recording artist, and creative practitioner. A passion for positive social change fueled by lived experience, he explains, is the common thread between his creative and critical identities. His earliest works, under the pseudonym Que, include an E.P. on Clubhead Records, as well as remixes on Atlantic Records, Hollywood Records and V2 Records for Grace Jones, Pocket Size, Blessid Union of Souls, and LaKiesha Berri. His discography also features original music for episodes of Guiding Light, Another World, As the World Turns, and MTV’s Making the Video television series.
Ionne’s contributions to gold and platinum award-winning projects came with tough lessons in the tension between commercialism and the arts, particularly in the area of cultural representation. In his own journey to explore connections between the arts and social change, he branched out into non-music sectors adding screen actor, DJ, and videographer to his resume. He served twice as the official DJ for Cincinnati’s annual Pride celebration and was a resident DJ at two of the areas legendary bygones, Vinyl and Twist Lounge at Pigall’s. He also forayed into organizational communications, helping lead cultural transformations within for-profit corporations and non-profit institutions, engaging his skillset as artist, leader and educator.
The alter-ego known as Ionne was born with the 2014 release of the album Love Moves Faster. Ionne has since produced a range of projects including his pandemic-inspired solo project The Other Side (2020). Recent works include collaborations with actor-singer Jennifer Fouché (A Vision for Our Lives, writer and producer, 2017; The End of Summertime, writer and producer, 2020) and Grammy-nominated guitarist Rod Harris, Jr. (Lobby Call, mix, remix and mastering, 2014; Ronny Jordan, mix and mastering, 2020; Destiny’s Children, mix and mastering, 2020). He serves as an advisor to the Midnight Oil Collective, a performing arts incubator creating new works outside of wealth-driven production models.