17 May 1990 (age 30)
Texas, United States
Kree Annette Harrison (born May 17, 1990) is an American country singer-songwriter and musician. She was the runner-up in the 12th season of American Idol.
Harrison was born on May 17, 1990 at St. Mary's Hospital in Port Arthur, Texas. Her parents, Clint and Kathy Harrison were married in 1993 on Valentine's Day. The family moved to Woodville in a home that was given to them by their grandmother. At age 3, Harrison asked her pastor if she could sing during church. The request was accepted and after she sang, her pastor commented, "I was expecting Jesus Loves Me, but she belted out El Shaddai by Amy Grant. I knew then this child had a special gift". Over the next several years, Harrison sang for churches, rodeos, weddings and competitions. At age 8, she was the opening act for R&B performer Percy Sledge. At age 9, she won "Artist of the Year" from Kirbyville Playhouse, and at age 10, she sang on The Rosie O'Donnell Show and was invited back on three other occasions. She sang in country playhouses all over the area, as a special guest at a Warren Talent Show, and she was second place winner in the New York Apollo competition held in Houston. On October 11, 2001, Harrison's father died after the plane he was on crashed off the coast of Spain. After sixth grade, her family moved to Nashville to pursue her singing career. She attended seventh grade there, and was home schooled afterwards in order to devote more time to her music. On September 22, 2009, Harrison's mother was killed in a head on traffic collision.
Harrison scored a development deal with Lyric Street Records at age 10, which resulted in her family moving from Woodville to Nashville. The deal ended two years later without any recordings released due in part to some creative differences.
Harrison began writing her own songs at the age of 14 and often found herself in writing sessions with songwriters such as Trey Bruce and artist Rebecca Lynn Howard. She performed across local venues in Nashville such as the Bluebird Cafe. Harrison signed a publishing deal with Chrysalis Records at age 16. She was working on an album when her mother passed away. She would later meet with an executive travel and event coordinator at Broadcast Music, Inc. (BMI), and made affiliations with the company. She would go on to perform at BMI showcases in Florida, such as the Key West Songwriters Festival and the San Destin Music Festival. She also sang backup vocals on Kacey Musgraves' album, Same Trailer Different Park, and Eli Young Band's album, Life at Best.
Harrison was friends with platinum selling country singer Mindy McCready. McCready invited Harrison up to sing her song Guys Do It All the Time with her at a 2011 Country Music Association performance in Nashville.
Harrison auditioned for American Idol in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. In the semi-finals, Harrison performed "Stronger" by Faith Hill. On March 7, 2013, Harrison was voted into the Top 10. Her performance of "Crying" by Roy Orbison earned her enough votes to establish her as one of the night's top three contestants, along with Candice Glover and Angie Miller. Harrison once again landed in the night's top three contestants after she performed "Piece of My Heart" by Erma Franklin, along with Lazaro Arbos and Angie Miller. After her Top 6 performance, Harrison earned enough votes to land in the night's top two contestants, along with Candice Glover. For the very first time, after her Top 5 performance, she surprisingly landed in the bottom two. She subsequently finished as runner-up on May 16, 2013.
She released her debut single, "All Cried Out" on May 16, 2013. The song was written by Katrina Elam, Gordie Sampson and Steve McEwan. She will have her debut on the Grand Ole Opry on June 4, 2013.
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