|Birth name||Kree Annette Harrison|
May 17, 1990 |
Port Arthur, Texas, U.S.
Kree Annette Harrison was born on May 17, 1990 at St. Mary's Hospital in Port Arthur, Texas. The family moved to Woodville, Texas in a home that was given to them by their grandmother. At three, 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 eight, she was the opening act for R&B performer Percy Sledge. At nine, she won "Artist of the Year" from Kirbyville Playhouse, and at ten, 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 ten, 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 fourteen 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 sixteen. She was working on an album when her mother died. 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 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.
In the semi-finals, Harrison performed "Cry" 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 first time, after her Top 5 performance, she landed in the bottom two. She became the runner-up on May 16, 2013.
Performances and results
|Episode||Theme||Song choice||Original artist||Order #||Result|
|Audition||Auditioner's Choice||Not aired||N/A||Advanced|
|Hollywood Round, Part 1||First Solo||Not aired||N/A|
|Hollywood Round, Part 2||Group Performance||"Sin Wagon"
with Brandy Neely, Haley Davis and Britnee Kellogg
|Hollywood Round, Part 3||Solo||"Stars"||Grace Potter and the Nocturnals||N/A|
|Las Vegas Round||Personal Choice||"Up to the Mountain (MLK Song)"||Patty Griffin||7|
|Top 20 (10 Women)||Personal Choice||"Stronger"||Faith Hill||8|
|Top 10 Reveal||Victory Song||"Evidence"||Candi Staton||10||N/A|
|Top 10||Music of the American Idols||"Crying"||Roy Orbison||8||Top 3|
|Top 9||The Beatles||"With a Little Help from My Friends"||The Beatles||1||Safe|
|Top 8||Music of Motor City||Duet "Like a Prayer"
with Janelle Arthur
|Solo "Don't Play That Song (You Lied)"||Ben E. King||11|
|Top 7||Rock||Solo "Piece of My Heart"||Erma Franklin||3||Top 3|
|Trio "It's Still Rock and Roll to Me"
with Janelle Arthur and Amber Holcomb
|Top 6||Burt Bacharach and Hal David||"What the World Needs Now Is Love"||Jackie DeShannon||4||Top 2|
|Songs They Wish They'd Written||"Help Me Make It Through the Night"||Kris Kristofferson||10|
|Top 5||Year They Were Born||"She Talks to Angels"||The Black Crowes||3||Bottom 21|
|Divas||"Have You Ever Been in Love"||Celine Dion||8|
|Top 4||Contestant's Choice||Solo "It Hurt So Bad"||Susan Tedeschi||3||Safe|
|Duet "Rumour Has It"
with Amber Holcomb
|One-Hit Wonders||"A Whiter Shade of Pale"||Procol Harum||9|
|Top 42||Songs from Now and Then||"See You Again"||Carrie Underwood||4||Safe|
|"Stormy Weather"||Ethel Waters||8|
with Candice Glover, Amber Holcomb, and Angie Miller
|Top 3||Jimmy Iovine's Choice||"Fuckin' Perfect"||Pink||1||Safe|
|Judges' Choice||"Here Comes Goodbye"||Rascal Flatts||6|
|Producer||"Better Dig Two"||The Band Perry||8|
|Finale||Simon Fuller's Choice||"Angel"||Sarah McLachlan||1||Runner-up|
|Winner's Single||"All Cried Out"||Kree Harrison||3|
|Favorite Performance||"Up to the Mountain (MLK Song)"||Patty Griffin||5|
- ^Note 1 When Ryan Seacrest announced the results for this particular night, Harrison was in the bottom 2, but declared safe as Janelle Arthur was eliminated.
- ^Note 2 Due to the surprise non-elimination at the top 4, the top 4 remained intact for another week.
- ^Note 3 When Ryan Seacrest announced the results for this particular night, Harrison was in the bottom 2, but declared safe as Amber Holcomb was eliminated.
Post-Idol, debut album
Harrison took part in the American Idols LIVE! Tour 2013, from July 19 through August 31, 2013. In July 2013, It was announced that Harrison had not been picked up by the Universal Music Group Nashville. On May 6, 2014 Harrison premiered a new song called "Strong and Silent," which she co-wrote with Fancy Hagood and Kate York.
In February 2015, Harrison signed with independent label group Plaid Flag Records. She has been working on her debut album, which is set to be released early 2016. The lead single, "This Old Thing," was released in March 2016. She performed on the fifteenth season finale of American Idol on April 7, 2016. The second single, "Dead Man's House," was released in May 2016, and her debut album, This Old Thing, was released on July 8, 2016.
|Title||Album details||Peak chart positions|
|This Old Thing||
|2013||"All Cried Out"||34||N/A|
|2016||"This Old Thing"||—||This Old Thing|
|"Dead Man's House"||—|
|2016||"This Old Thing"||Jonathan Pears|
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