Schock was born in Dallas, Texas, where her father
taught her to play the piano by ear at the age of 4. She studied piano
privately through grade school and high school, and she wrote her first
song in the seventh grade. Harriet received a B.A. in English but continued
writing songs, mostly special material for skits and school events. Shortly
after college, she moved to Los Angeles and signed a contract with Colgems-EMI
as a staff writer. In 1973, Harriet recorded her first album for 20th Century
Records, containing her song, “Ain’t No
Way To Treat A Lady,” which became a hit
for Helen Reddy and was later nominated for a Grammy.
is currently a gold and platinum songwriter and a recording artist with
five solo albums. She was voted best new female artist by Cashbox
magazine, received a Dramalog Award for her live show, and has garnered
extremely favorable press for each album she has released.
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 have recorded Harriet's songs.
She also wrote “Dreaming,” which was recorded by Jodi Benson (The Little
Mermaid), a favorite among Little Mermaid fans. 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.
taught songwriting for two years at USC in the undergraduate program and
has lectured and been published in songwriting magazines nationwide. She
has been teaching privately for twelve years and writing about songwriting
more about Harriet Schock in a recent interview from The
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