Three Harris Institute Alumni in Miley Cyrus' Wrecking Ball


TORONTO, Sept. 23, 2013 /CNW/ - Three Alumni of Toronto's Harris Institute are involved in this week's #1 Billboard Hot 100 Hit 'Wrecking Ball' by Miley Cyrus. Jamie Porter manages Stephan Moccio who co-wrote the song, Henry Walter (CIRKUT) co-wrote and co-produced the record and Sven Heidinga co-engineered the recording.

'Wrecking Ball' is the first #1 hit by Miley Cyrus. It moved from 22 to 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart primarily due to a controversial video, which has had over 140 million views on YouTube.

"We are very proud of the extraordinary accomplishments of our graduates, but this is the first time

three alumni and one of our long-standing Guest Lecturers have contributed to the biggest record in the world", says the college's president John Harris. "We congratulate Jamie, Henry, Sven and Stephan and wish them well with the adventures that will undoubtedly follow this remarkable achievement".

Jamie Porter is a 1995 Honours graduate of the Arts Management Program and has managed Stephan Moccio since graduating. He is the President of RAMJAM Management Group and Bijou Records. Moccio previously co-wrote the #1 Billboard hit "A New Day" by Celine Dion and "I Believe" by Nikki Yanofsky, which was #1 on the Canadian Billboard Hot 100 chart for 4 weeks. Moccio's solo piano CD "Exposure" on Bijou Records is certified Gold and he is a long-standing Guest Lecturer at Harris institute.

Henry Walter (CIRKUT) completed the Audio Production Program in 2006 and has since co-produced or co-written for Taylor Swift, Robin Thicke, Rihanna, Katy Perry, The Weekend, Britney Spears, and Nicki Minaj, among others. He works with Dr. Luke in Los Angeles and is a partner in The Deamhouse Recording Studio in Toronto.

Sven Heidinga was the first recipient of the Music Business Professional Certificate from Harris Institute for graduating with Honours from both the Arts Management Program and the Audio Production Program with Honours in 2008. Heidinga previously won Platinum Awards for recordings by The Canadian Tenors, Nikki Yanofsky, Stephan Moccio and Gold Awards for Annie Villeneuve and Stephan Moccio. He engineered 250 versions of the award-winning theme music for CTV's Olympic broadcast over 18 months in 2009/10 at Harris Institute's original studio on King Street E.

Harris Institute is an internationally recognized leader in music industry education and was recently ranked number one in Canada with A+. The college's graduates are in senior positions everywhere from Universal Music Group to Lacquer Channel Mastering, IMAX Corporation to Metalworks Studios and Sony/ATV Music Publishing to MaRS Discovery District.

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SOURCE: Harris Institute

For further information:

John Harris, President, Harris Institute
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