Brass player, vocalist and arranger Rick Harris has often been linked with vocalist Pam Bricker, although he has recorded in other contexts including a 1994 collaboration with the unrelated Bill Harris. An ensemble called Mad Romance which originated in the mid '80s was the first of the Bricker and Harris projects to gain notoriety. It was a vocal jazz quartet, equal parts Andrews Sisters, Lambert, Hendricks and Ross and Leon Thomas. Holli Ross and Eddie Vann completed the four voice line-up.
In 2000 the group Thievery Corporation began releasing recordings; since the musicians are based out of Washington, D.C., this project of Bricker and Harris runs a serious risk of being mistaken for the United States government. Thievery Corporation also represented quite an expansion in musical directions from what listeners expected from these players, although the moves are not that unusual considering the careers of vocal groups such as the Pointer Sisters and the Manhatten Transfer. Harris and associates dabble in trip-hop,
Brazilian, Jamaican, French and Indian music, even featuring a sitar solo. Several years later Harris began a freelance period in Florida. He should not be confused with a variety of other musicians with the same name, including the one who recorded the '90s hit
"Come In My Arms".