When a Pentecostal upbringing and a love for urban beats collide in a conscious music space—you get artists like Dmezures. More than just a soulful vehicle for the “good news,” Dmezures provides an urban revival for the soul. For many artists, music is a vehicle for delivering effective messages—but it’s apparent in his name. “Mezures" is both a segment of time defined by a given number or beats [. . .] and a plan or course of action to achieve a particular purpose.” It’s music with a purpose. 

Born in Kansas City, Missouri as Ryan McCormick Harris—Dmezures was primarily influenced by the praise and worship sounds of church. It was his enterprising mother who’d expand his musical influence beyond the restrictive musical gaze of his religious world by introducing him to the sounds of Michael Jackson, The Beatles and Bon Jovi. It’s this unconventional fusion of musical worlds that brings us Dmezures.  

Like most young men, Dmezures' teen years were a time of sweeping change and self-exploration. His love for writing music and playing instruments compelled him to eventually seek a place for himself in the music industry. With an unquenchable desire to succeed, Dmezures worked tirelessly to save money for precious recording time. Although his musical inspirations during this time included artists like Notorious BIG, Tupac Shakur and WuTang Clan—he still held on to the knowledge of Christ instilled in his youth.  

Dmezures enjoyed early success behind the scenes in the music industry. A coveted position at Sony Music Distribution allowed him to gain experience working promotional tours for international stars such as Lauryn Hill and Jermaine Dupri. An opportune work experience with Dallas Austin gave Mezures the courage to leave his studies at Georgia State University and try a full time career in music production and songwriting. During his time behind the scenes, Dmezures had the opportunity to work in recording sessions alongside artists like Cee-Lo Green, Mariah Carey, and Common— and pen songs for artists like Brandy, Monica, Tamia, Sammie, and TLC. During this time, Dmezures also executive produced Tino Brown’s debut album, Who Is Tino Brown? for Black Ark Entertainment. 

Eventually frustrated with the music industry’s cronyism and the lack of monetary success, Dmezures moved on to the world of independent music. It was during this time that his first mixtape, King Midas Presents “I Got Next Vol. 1” was released. His first single, “Liquor” featuring Elite Tha Showstoppa was a local hit in Athens, GA. The video received the city’s coveted Flagpole Award for “Video of the Year” in 2005.  

Marriage and fatherhood soon tempered Mezures' music interests, and the sounds of gospel that had influenced him so greatly as a child began to call out to him as an adult. Deeply bothered by the images and messages promoted in popular media, Mezures made a conscious decision to produce and distribute content with a positive message. “My primary mission was to influence positive change within popular culture through musical messages of hope, peace, and God's purpose. We'd strive to continuously create timeless recordings that would promote God's message of empowerment to all people regardless of age, race, color or creed.” 

On a mission to create a new sound alternative, Dmezures recorded and executive produced Rashod Brown’s debut release, The Gift & The Calling— an album that critics called “a refreshing and much needed sonic experience.” Mezures along wife wife, Nicole Harris,  also started Today’s Youth, a non-profit organization serving at-risk youth in the city of Houston. He soon changed roles from record producer to recording artist and began recording and performing under the stage name, Dmezures. 

With a mind toward heeding a much higher calling, Dmezures continues to combine the sounds of contemporary inspirations like Kirk Franklin and Kanye West to create music that has a strong and far-reaching effect. Mezures released his self titled debut through Houston based Jerico 13 records, and is currently working on a followup albums scheduled for future release. Mezures currently resides in Houston, TX with his wife and two young sons.