KRISTYN HARRIS, a musical western entertainer from the Collin County area of Texas, is noted for her powerful vocals, strong rhythm guitar style, songwriting, yodeling, and upright bass playing. In 2014 she became the youngest person in history to win the Western Music Association Female Performer of the Year, and has also been awarded the 2013 Academy of Western Artists Western Female Performer of the Year. She draws her inspiration from the ranching lifestyle that she loves, as well as classic and contemporary western icons.
Kristyn, now 20, started playing at 14 years old, quickly finding her passion in the swing chordsmanship and the captivating western lyric and melodies that make up the sounds of cowboy music and western swing. Her singing has been praised as “timeless” with “the warmth and power of Texas sunshine”.
In her spare time Kristyn's trains horses, a passion for her that's right alongside music and entertaining. She spent several years in 4H and has a deep love and dedication to the land and livestock. Her horse experiences commonly seep their way into her songs and performances.
Kristyn was the winner of the 2013 Cowboy Swing Album of the Year for “Let Me Ride”, the 2012 Crescendo Award and 2012 Female Yodeler of the Year from the Western Music Association. She has performed on national television as part of RFD-TV’s “The Penny Gilley Show” and “The Shotgun Red Variety Show”; on Nickelodeon’s popular game show, “Figure It Out”; and featured in multiple western documentaries, including a film that aired throughout 4 European countries in 2014. She regularly tours the western U.S.
Kristyn brings her warm and genuine personality to the stage, with a unique energetic flair that makes her love of the music she performs evident and contagious. As one venue put it:
"This bundle of energy and talent is 'the rage' on stage from the east coast to the west and if you can stay seated when she finishes her performance you're prob'ly 'bout ready for the grave!!"
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2014 Western Music Association Female Performer of the Year
2013 Academy of Western Artists Female Performer of the Year
2013 Western Music Association Cowboy Swing Album of the Year for "Let Me Ride"
2012 Western Music Association Crescendo Award
2012 Western Music Association Female Yodeler of the Year
2011 Kamloops, British Columbia Rising Star Award
2011 Western Music Association Janet McBride Yodeling Award