What Does She Do?
Kristyn Harris, 19, of Collin County Texas, is the Academy of Western Artists 2014 Western Female Performer of the Year. Her heart lies in cowboy and western swing music, inspired by her ranch life as well as music of classic and contemporary western icons. Kristyn is noted for her singing, songwriting, swing rhythm guitar style, and yodeling (named the WMA Female Yodeler of the Year in 2012). You can also find her thumping the upright bass from time to time.
Along with her passion for playing western music and entertaining, Kristyn is a horseperson to the core, which her music reflects. She spent several years in 4H and has always had a love and dedication to the land. In addition to the Quarter Horse she owns, she has adopted and trained two wild mustangs, which continue to be a source of inspiration for her music.
Kristyn was the winner of the 2013 Cowboy Swing Album of the Year and the 2012 Crescendo Award from the Western Music Association. She has performed on national television as part of RFD-TV’s “The Penny Gilley Show”, “The Shotgun Red Variety Show”, and on Nickelodeon’s popular game show, “Figure It Out”. She also appears at venues local and across the United States and Canada. Kristyn's love and enjoyment of the music she performs is evident and contagious. She brings to the stage a warm, genuine, and energetic personality, and never fails to gallop right into the hearts of her audiences!
"You cannot find a more honest, pure, singing talent than Kristyn Harris. She plays a mean guitar to boot! Makes a Promise, keeps a Promise. She will surprise everyone with that first note. She does not need a band or a microphone! Singing around the campfire is my favorite way to listen to her sing, but she can rock the house down for a large crowd also." - Teri Gordon, event producer
"Your beautiful voice has the warmth and power of Texas sunshine." - Charles Marie, audience member
"Kristyn is a true talent!!!" - Shelby Eicher, The Tulsa Playboys
"Kristyn's voice is that of angels with a healthy dose of yodel awesomeness!!!!" - Jerilyn Caldwell, event producer
"Now there’s one dynamo of a performer! She’s the real deal!"
"Your performance on this album ["Let Me Ride"] is incredible!" - Rob Wolfskill of Tumbleweed Rob and the Southwest Junction
"You are wonderful Kristyn; it was great to have you on stage with us! We look forward to the blossoming of a wonderful career." - Ranger Doug, "Idol of American Youth" of Riders in the Sky
"Once in a great while I see a performer in Western Music who knocks my socks off. And once in an even greater while, I will have the privilege of watching a performer come onto the scene, gun (or guitar) a-blazin' and put the hard work, energy, and dedication into their already outstanding level of talent to become a top notch performer that I'm proud to endorse. Kristyn Harris is the real deal: genuinely musical, with a style all her own, and the spunk and drive to ride the Western Swing/Western Music pony all the way to the finish. This is a talented young lady, to be sure, and just as important, she represents what is good, honest, wholesome, and fun about the music of the West while keeping her own identity, and her own sound. Heck, I'd put my money on Kristyn Harris to be the performer who brings a whole new audience to Western Music and Western Swing."
- Juni Fisher, 2011 Entertainer of the Year, 2006, 2009, 2011 Female Performer of the Year, 2008 Wrangler Award Winner
"Kristyn Harris is a bundle of delightful energy, surpassed only by her tremendous talent. A natural entertainer, and simply a precious young woman, Kristyn is a joy to be around, onstage or off!"
- Belinda Gail, 7 time Western Music Association Female Performer of the Year, 2 time Academy of Western Artists Female Vocalist, time Group/Duo of the Year with Curly Musgrave and Album of the Year
"With Kristyn, what you see is what you get, and what you get is an extremely talented young lady with a passion for her music and the skills to pull it off. She has a deep respect for her musical roots while contributing a fresh new voice - and she can SWING."
-Carolyn Martin, Texas Western Swing Hall of Fame Inductee, 2-time AWA Western Swing Female Vocalist
"Because of my years of experience as a Cowboy Poet, I have been invited to perform at nearly every major western entertainment venue in the United States and Canada. I have seen and heard nearly every western singer and poet perform in the field, and I can honestly say that Kristyn Harris is one of the most talented and exciting entertainers I have ever witnessed. She receives standing ovations nearly every time she performs, and deserves every one of them. What is special about this young lady is the fact that she has no ego and is one of the nicest persons in the Western Entertainment business."
-Yvonne Hollenbeck, 4-time WMA* Female Poet of the Year and AWA* award winner
Kristyn is the fresh new face of western music. Not only is she already an accomplished singer and guitarist, she is also a fine horsewoman. Kristyn, I am so proud of you!
-Jean Prescott, multiple award winner
"It's top drawer!" - Rick Huff, Western Way Magazine, referring to "Let Me Ride"
"Kristyn throws down on my adaptation of the old Geoff Mack song, "I've Been Everywhere"... I was clutching my chest and gasping for air just WATCHING her on those last two verses...!!!" - Brian Burns, Texas singer/songerwriter, commenting on Kristyn's performance of "I've Been Everywhere (in Texas)"
“When I first saw her [Kristyn Harris] working those changes through, saw her left hand working [on the guitar], I thought, we’re in good hands. Then, turns out she’s a cowgirl…now I really like her! And, she’s a great singer.” -- Dave Alexander, AWA Entertainer of the Year and 3-time Grammy nominee
"Her energy, zest for life, smile, and talent are as big and wide as "Texas with T!" I've got the "Kristyn Harris Fever!" How about you??"
-Bobbi Jean Bell, "OutWest Concert Series" venue operator
"Kristyn is one of the hardest working young people in the business....she is polished and professional in her presentation, way beyond her years. A lot of adults could learn from watching her prepare and present her unique brand of cowgirl swing music! I'm so proud of her!
And she has a wonderful attitude. What a great young role model Kristyn is."
- Juni Fisher, WMA Entertainer of the Year, 3- time Female Performer of the Year and True West's Best Solo Western Musician 2011/2012, and first female awarded the Western Heritage Wrangler Award
"Kristyn is fantastic! Kristyn, I'm so proud of you and your win at the Kamloops, BC Rising Star stage! Of course, I KNEW you would! You are an incredible inspiration to me."
- Jennifer Epps (Horse Crazy Cowgirl Band), WMA Crescendo Award winners and 2-time Harmony Trio of the Year
"Young Miss Kristyn Harris did a fantastic job at the night show Friday [at the 2011 Lubbock Cowboy Symposium]. She's the face of the future of Western Music...you heard it here first (unless somebody already said it!). Kristyn - Some young performers are popular because of the novelty of their youth. You're doing well because you're good! Keep up your hard work and the sky is the limit." -- Jim Jones, AWA and WMA Award winner
"Jewel of the West" - Les Buffham, award winning songwriter
"Girl of the thousand chords" - Daron Little, AWA Male Vocalist
"Sweetheart of the Sage" - Mark Ivey, deejay, KNON in Dallas