Kree Harrison

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Country singer Kree Harrison had more than a few brushes with success before she finally caught the attention of music fans with her appearance on Season 12 of the television talent competition American Idol. Born in Port Arthur, Texas on May 17, 1990, Harrison began singing in church when she was only three years old, and was soon appearing at talent shows around the Lone Star State. When Harrison was ten, someone videotaped one of her performances and sent a copy to The Rosie O’Donnell Show, which was airing a regular segment on talented kids. O'Donnell and her staff liked Harrison’s singing enough that she appeared on the show four times. By the time Harrison was 12, a deal with Lyric Street Records was in the offing, but after the unexpected death of her father, Harrison chose to step back from her musical career. Harrison began writing songs as a means of dealing with her feelings, and by age 16 she had landed a publishing deal with Chrysalis and had moved to Nashville. Harrison was playing showcases in Music City and started work on an album, but history sadly repeated itself when her mother died in an auto accident, and Harrison returned home to Texas to be with her family. At 21, Harrison was back in Nashville, writing songs and playing club dates, and in 2013, she traveled to Oklahoma City, Oklahoma to audition for American Idol. Showing an easy familiarity with rock & roll but shining brightest with country material, Harrison became a favorite with judges and viewers, and was the runner-up for the 2013 season. In July 2013, Harrison hit the road as part of the American Idol LIVE concert tour, and she released her first single, an original tune called “All Cried Out.” In 2015, Harrison signed a recording and publishing deal with Nashville’s Plaid Flag Music, and in April 2016 she released her first single since appearing on American Idol. “This Old Thing” was made available to streaming services before it made its debut as a digital single. A full-length album from Harrison was also expected in 2016. ~ Mark Deming