American Idol Runner-Up Kree Harrison Talks Opry and More
Q: Congrats on making your Grand Ole Opry debut with Keith Urban, Kellie Pickler and a few others… Kree: Not to interrupt, but if you look behind you, that billboard says "Keith Urban and Kree Harrison on the Opry." It's my first billboard I've ever seen. I can't even believe it.
Q: Coincidentally, the first time we met was nearly seven years ago backstage at the Grand Ole Opry with an artist named Catherine Britt. Do you remember? Kree: I do! It was my first time at the Opry. I was 16. It was surreal. I was so happy to be there with Catherine. I sang backup for her on stage that night. What's that song we did? "Angel Band"? It was a hymn, and I learned it backstage. I was just going with her to the show and then she said, "Do you want to sing?" and I said, "Yes!" Do I want to sing on the Grand Ole Opry, what kind of question is that? That was great, but I've always wanted to perform on the Opry myself. I'm honored that they invited me. It gives me chills.
Q: Having had a record deal already, did you hesitate at all about auditioning for American Idol? Kree: I thought, "I don't want to do a talent show. I'm awkward in front of the camera. I'm worried about not giving them enough energy." I went back and forth for a while. My sister, she is an amazing person and my rock, I told her that I felt like I was at a point in my career where I had nothing to lose. She said, "American Idol is a platform for artists, not singers, but artists. This is a jump-start for your career." So I thought, "Why not?" And it worked out. It's weird to say it out loud, though, that I've done it. It's over. It's gone by so fast. More with Kree
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