This beautiful woman’s extraordinary talent came to light at a very early age. Born in Dallas, Texas, Harriet Schock could play the piano by ear by the time she was four! Trained by her father at first, she studied piano privately through grade school and high school, and wrote her first song in the seventh grade. Harriet graduated from The Hockaday School, a highly acclaimed, private, non-sectarian college preparatory girls’ boarding school, then continued her education at the University of Texas at Austin, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in English.
After a brief period working in advertising, Harriet became a staff writer for Colgems-EMI, and came close to becoming a Columbia Records recording artist in a deal that ended up falling through. Shortly thereafter, she signed with 20th Century Records, and her recording career began in earnest.
Harriet is a gold- and platinum-selling songwriter and a recording artist with many solo albums. She received a Drama-Logue Award for her live show. For every album she has released, she’s been supported with extremely favorable press. In 1973, she recorded her first record, Hollywood Town, featuring her song, Ain’t No Way to Treat a Lady. The popular song went on to be a huge hit for Helen Reddy, rising to #8 on Billboard Magazine’s Hot 100, and was nominated for a Grammy Award. Within three years, Harriet had written and released two more albums, She’s Low Clouds (1974), and You Don’t Know What You’re In For (1976). All three records were notable for their pithy lyrical approach and musical incisiveness. On the strength of these recordings, Harriet twice won Cashbox magazine’s Best New Female Artist award.
Her songs have been recorded by a stellar list of performers, including Smokey Robinson, Roberta Flack, Helen Reddy, Lee Greenwood, Johnny Mathis, Syreeta, Carl Anderson, Gloria Loring, Vikki Carr, Manfred Mann, Mireille Mathieu, Letta Mbulu, Nancy Wilson, and many others. She also wrote Dreaming, which quickly became a favorite among Little Mermaid fans after it was recorded by Jodi Benson (The Little Mermaid). With Misha Segal, Harriet co-wrote First Time on a Ferris Wheel for the Motown film, Berry Gordy’s The Last Dragon, as well as all the songs for The New Adventures of Pippi Longstocking and the animated Secret Garden. Her songs have been featured in numerous films and TV shows.
Harriet spent two years teaching songwriting in the undergraduate program at the University of Southern California (USC) and has been teaching privately for over twenty years. Her book, Becoming Remarkable: For Songwriters and Those Who Love Songs (Blue Dolphin Press, 1999), is something of a bible for aspiring songwriters. She offers private consultation and correspondence courses in songwriting, and teaches for the Songwriter’s Guild of America. She gives seminars and concerts around the world.
Harriet has had enthusiastic reviews from all the major music business publications including Discoveries magazine, Billboard, Cashbox, Record World and Music Connection.
After writing for others throughout most of the 1980s, Harriet returned to recording in the ’90s with American Romance (1995) produced by Nik Venet, who was instrumental in producing and launching the careers of the Beach Boys, Linda Ronstadt, Lou Rawls, Jim Croce, and Dory Previn. Her next project, Rosebud, was also produced by Venet. Charles Donovan of Women & Home Magazine in London says of Harriet’s Rosebud, “What makes Schock such a compelling songwriter is her ability to look beyond herself–a rare gift in the singer/songwriter genre– resulting in touching, observational pieces. Add to this, Schock’s earthy, expressive singing, and you have what surely ranks as one of the most important, impressive albums of the decade.”
In 2010, she released another album, Breakdown on Memory Lane. Harriet’s latest release is Harriet Schock Live – From Fairfax To Pasadena.
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