|Kevin Harris grew up in Texarkana, Texas. He was the youngest of three boys, raised for several years by a single mom. Kevin always had a love for music and was influenced by a variety of artists from Elvis and Dean Martin to Merle Haggard and Conway Twitty. When he was a teenager, his stepfather taught him to play The Wildwood Flower and I Walked The Line on the guitar. This sparked Kevin’s interest in making his own music.
After high school Kevin married his childhood sweetheart, Carla and moved to Houston Texas, where their son Kevin Cyle was born. Kevin then spent the next 10 years working as a correctional officer for the Texas Department of Corrections and the Federal Bureau of Prisons. It was during his years in Houston, working for TDC, that Kevin met some other music enthusiast and began to focus on music. They started a small band and played several times a week for anyone who would listen. They played a lot of southern rock, a little country, even some Beatles tunes. But it wasn’t until Randy Travis came out with “1982” that the light went on for Kevin.
Kevin moved back to Texarkana five years later to work for the Federal Bureau of Prisons. He began singing at the local jamborees in the Four States area and put a band together, playing anywhere they could. It was then that he began to focus on songwriting. Kevin started traveling to Nashville performing at writer’s nights and recording demos. It soon became clear that in order to pursue a career in music, he would have to move.
Six months after moving to town, Kevin’s talent as a songwriter earned him a staff writer position with EMI Publishing, where he stayed for three years. During those three years, the country music industry began to lean away from traditional country, leaving limited opportunities for artists or writers with that style. Kevin decided to take a break from the music business and has worked for the past several years as a farm manager in Leiper’s Fork near his home. During this time Kevin has continued to sing and write, playing from time to time, gaining a following.
In 2001 with the support of a private investor and co-producer John Kunz, Kevin recorded his first indie CD, More Than Money. Believing that there are still people who love traditional country music, Kevin put ten songs that hit on all the emotions of everyday life. Kevin writes songs that regular people can relate to, because Kevin is a regular guy. The title song “More Than Money” is the truest reflection of Kevin’s value of family. With “Big Dog” and “Four Wheel Drive”, a single for John Michael Montgomery in 2003, you’ll see a bit of Kevin’s humorous side. In “Burning Me Alive” and “I Just Don’t Anymore”, you experience the raw emotion that once was country music.
Now, four years later Kevin has a new CD, Where Am I Going. Once again collaborating with John Kunz, Kevin was able to bring to life ten songs that showcase his versatility as an artist and progression as songwriter. The first cut No Doubt draws you in as soon as the music starts. Couldn’t Wear My Boots is a fun biographical song about being happy as a good ole boy. Little Bit of Nothing is a rocking tune that’s just flat out fun! The run away favorite on this CD, Whiskey, is reminiscent of the Merle Haggard days of to the bone country. The last song and title cut, Where Am I Going, is a banjo driven song that tells you what love is all about. When it’s finished, you want to hear it all again.
Kevin Harris is a country artist and a country writer. His personality, sense of humor, values come out in much of what he writes. And much of what he writes is about his life and those like him. Those who love his music love it because it’s who they are. He writes about them and they feel a connection. What you see is what you get with Kevin and he never disappoints.