Joe Harry, founder of 4th Metric Music, has one simple mission – to offer the industry and listeners a musical sound and unmistakable vibe that is all him. The name 4th Metric itself is derived from a standard of measurement where 3 events establish a pattern, and the “4th metric” is the missing element that completes that pattern. Crafting a sound that is a flavorful melting pot of blues, reggae, calypso, gospel, jazz, ska, pop, and salsa, diversity is 4th Metric’s personal stamp.
The Canadian-born multi-instrumentalist discovered music at the tender age of 5 and has been focused and dedicated to the craft since. Raised on a farm on the Caribbean island of Dominica, music was often a form of entertainment to pass the time. Joe’s passion for music as a child only grew as his father taught him to play different instruments. He became most skilled at the bass guitar, but is also quite proficient at acoustic and electric guitar. Singing in the churches of Dominica as a young boy and later as an adult in Toronto, creating music that connects with the soul of his listeners has been a part of his performance style from the beginning.
In order to draw out his best performance, 4th Metric has been committed to learning his craft. He has had the opportunity to connect and play with multi-Grammy Award winners, Victor Wooten and Steve Bailey, at a Bass and Nature camp in Nashville, TN in 2012. During his time in Nashville, he not only had the opportunity to meet these legends, but also to attend workshops that honed his skills and reaffirmed to him that he was on the right track in pursuing his dreams.
Since taking his first steps toward crafting musical diversity, this Toronto bassist has already been embraced by the local music community. Keen to take on opportunities that come his way, 4th Metric has participated in various performances including diversity festivals, playing bass and singing with Juno award winner, Sonia Collymore.
It is this appreciation for his unique sound that drives Joe, as 4th Metric, to create the music that he is passionate about. The recognition has only increased his ambition to share more with listeners. If the best advice Joe has received is to do what makes him happy, then he is already on the right path of creating a passionate and music-filled life, with the heart of music in every beat.
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