KRISTYN HARRIS, a young western performer from McKinney, Texas, is the 2014 Academy of Western Artists Female Performer of the Year. She is noted for her powerful vocals, strong rhythm guitar style, songwriting, yodeling, and upright bass playing. Her heart lies in a ranching lifestyle and the music that goes with it, and she draws her inspiration from that 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 captivating lyric and melodies that go along with the classic sounds of cowboy music and western swing. Her singing has been praised as “timeless” with “the warmth and power of Texas sunshine”.
Along with her passion for playing western music and entertaining comes Kristyn’s passion as a cowgirl and horseperson. She spent several years in 4H and has a true love and dedication to the land. In addition, she has trained two wild mustangs, and 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, 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 also appears at venues local and throughout the United States.
Kristyn brings to the stage warm, genuine and energetic personality that makes her love of the music she performs evident and contagious. As the folks with the prestigious annual Arizona Cowboy Gathering in Prescott, AZ 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 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
2011 Kamloops, British Columbia Rising Star Award
2012 Female Yodeler of the Year
2011 Western Music Association Janet McBride Yodeling Award