Jawan Harris: Artists To Watch 2011

Jawan Harris

Genre: R&B

Jawan Harris has been singing since he was 10 months old-and with the help of his mother, he's been honing his skills since then. Last year, the 13-year-old R&B-crooner-in-the-making landed a deal at ByStorm/Jive Records and ended up being mentored by another Jive signee: Chris Brown. In fact, Jawan has released two singles, "Nobody" and "Another Planet," featuring Brown. Jawan says the latter-a boastful, hip-hop-heavy track-is the song that changed the direction of his still-untitled debut album, slated for 2011. "At first it started off sounding like Michael Jackson's 'Thriller,' because he's an artist I look up to. But then I did 'Another Planet' and . . . things change, which is exciting," the Chicago native says. "Still, I'd have to say that I have a lot of soul for age 13. And I'm glad to be showcasing my sound to everyone."

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