Nearly a lifetime in the making, brothers Rod Harris Jr. and Dr. Maurice Lajuane Harris (who performs under the name Ionne) have launched independent label, 5015 Records. With operations in Atlanta, Georgia, and New Haven, Conn., 5015 Records is an imprint for an eclectic blend of genres and musical influences.
“We’ve launched 5015 Records as an artist-led label where visionaries have the freedom to create their own music and avenues to bring their ideas to life,” said Maurice Harris. “Together, Rod and I have broad experiences in aspects of the music industry, ranging from the studio to the stage to the screen, which we want to leverage to support the careers of other artists.”
Both founders have released new music under the label this year, with Ionne releasing “For Those Who Remain,” a justice-themed album blending deep house, R&B, synth pop, and electronica. Rod Harris Jr. released “Midnight Sky,” a soulful EP in collaboration with two-time Grammy Award winner Saunders Sermons.
The Harris brothers are versatile professional musicians with a passion for artist-driven production. Rod Harris Jr., a Grammy nominated jazz guitarist who has performed around the globe, has been releasing music independently since 2013 and collaborating with artists such as Russell Gunn, Saunders Sermons, and Musiq Soulchild. Ionne is a veteran of the music industry for more than two decades, with a discography that features independent releases as well as works on Atlantic Records, Hollywood Records, and V2 Music, and original music for several television series. Ionne is also an advisor and creator with Midnight Oil Collective.
Raised in separate households, the Harris brothers chose the 5015 Records name and logo as a nod to their late grandmother, at whose address their families connected over the years.
“Grandma’s house for us was the intersection where people who hadn’t seen each other, sometimes for years, could reunite and feel like they were part of something bigger than themselves,” said Rod Harris Jr., “This is the kind of home we want to create for artists on the 5015 Records label—a place where our shared love for music and culture and dignity are the ties that bind us.”