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article imageInterview with Kree Harrison from American Idol Special

By Markos Papadatos     Aug 26, 2013 in Entertainment
Kree Harrison is the runner-up winner of the twelfth season of the reality singing competition American Idol. She made it into the final two with Candice Glover.
This marked the first finale that consisted of two females since Fantasia Barrino and Diana DeGarmo competed against each other in the finale of season three. Glover went on to be crowned Idol winner this season, which featured Randy Jackson, Keith Urban, Nicki Minaj and Mariah Carey on the judging panel.
On working with these four judges, Kree remarked, “They were amazing. I love Keith and they were all really lovely to me and funny too.”
Her music spans several genres including country, blues, adult contemporary, folk and soul. The songstress stated that she was inspired musically by her parents and growing up, she listened to everything from Patsy Cline to Otis Redding. “I have too many influences to possibly name,” she said.
Presently, she is out on the road with this year’s finalists on the “American Idols Live Tour 2013,” and one of those tour stops was at New York’s Nassau Coliseum, on August 15. “That was amazing,” she said. “All of these shows have been way too much fun.”
During this tour, she performed several songs including her debut single “All Cried Out,” which reached the Top 35 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs charts.
Kree revealed that after this tour, she is making a new album and she will devote most of her time on that project. She noted that the record is expected to include songs that she has written, as well as tunes that were penned by some of the best songwriters.
Once the tour is over, she noted that she is going to miss her fellow Idol finalists since they are all a “family now.”
She chose “Evidence” and Kris Kristofferson’s “Help Me Make It Through The Night” as her two personal favorite songs that she performed this season of American Idol.
When asked about her pre-show rituals before her live shows, she shared, “I like to put on make-up with the other girls and we listen to a lot of Shania Twain music.”
Her proudest professional moment thus far in her career involved playing on the hallowed Grand Ole Opry stage. The day of her Opry debut she was introduced by Idol judge and country mega-star Keith Urban who praised her for possessing a voice that is “as pure as the driven snow.” She went on to sing her lead single and Urban, who is also a Grand Ole Opry member, joined her for a duet on “Help Me Make It Through The Night.” “That was amazing and a really special night,” she said.
She listed country veterans George Strait, Merle Haggard and Vince Gill as her dream duet choices. “I love Vince Gill and I would love to sing with him so much. I have seen him every time he plays with The Time Jumpers and I am blown away each time,” Kree said.
For hopefuls that wish to follow into Kree’s footsteps and make it in the music business, she shared that it is essential for them to know exactly who they are as artists. “They also need to know what exactly they are not because otherwise they will spend most of your time trying to figure that out. They need to be themselves,” she said.
Kree concluded our phone interview by thanking her fans that she accumulated on American Idol. “Thank you so much. This would not be possible without you. Your support has really made all the difference possible for us and we appreciate it,” she said.
For more information on Kree Harrison, visit her official Facebook page and follow her on Twitter.
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