2011 Central Florida International Blues Challenge Winners!!
2011 People's Choice Award Central Florida International Blues Challenge!!
Richard "RJ" Harman has been playing the harmonica for six years and has already won numerous music awards including a full endorsement with Hohner harmonicas, Currently the Two time harmonica champion of the Florida Harmonica Championship, 2011 People's choice Award and over all Winner's of the Central Florida Blues Challenge, and 2012 Semi Finalist at the International Blues Challenge.
His style is fresh and vibrant; he brings a youthful passion and a love of the Blues, Funk, Jazz, and HipShaking music to the stage.
Harman started performing by himself and hiring out musicians to play for him. He is now noticed as a renowned professional jazz and blues harmonica player at the age of twenty one and has graced the stage with such performers as Jason Ricci, Lupe Fiasco, Motion City Soundtrack, Rachel Goodrich, Joe Filisko, Phil Wiggins, Ian Walters, Rev Paytons Big Damn Band, Jp Soars and much more. RJ has also been featured in the Orlando Sentinel Newspaper in a full two page article."The way Harman plays the harmonica is the way BB King plays his six stringed beauty with such soul and quickness into his face-melting jazz riffs that sounded like they were screeching out of a Gibson Les Paul, not a tiny harmonica."
RJ is currently playing professionally around the United States and based in FL; he performs with the band, RJ Harman & Company.
Bands RJ has Opened for and Performed with include:
Reverend Payton's Big Damn Band
Motion City Soundtrack
Thomas Wynn and the Believers
Carlos Del Junco
Some of his accomplishments:
* Won the 2010 Florida Harmonica Championship
* Won the 2009 Florida Harmonica Championship
* Won Best Technical performance at the Florida Harmonica Championship
* Opening act at the UCF Arena for Lupe Fiasco and Motion City Soundtrack
* Sarasota Blues Festival
* Hampton WV Blues Festival
* Florida Music Festival
* Tampa Blues Festival
Harmonica, Harmonica customizing, Performing, meeting harp players.