Kree Harrison’s Grand Ole Opry Debut

Ask any Country musician what their ultimate goal is, and they’ll say that the grandest achievement out there is to perform at the Grand Ole Opry.

On June 4th, American Idol Season 12 runner-up Kree Harrison saw her lifelong dream come true when she made her debut on the show that made Country music famous.

Keith Urban, who championed Kree on Idol this past season as a judge, introduced her by bestowing tremendous praise for her pure voice and warm spirit. Overwhelmingly speechless and incredibly gracious for the opportunity, Kree treated the Opry audience and listeners to three performances – her first single, “All Cried Out”, a hymn (in honour of her late father), “In The Garden”, and Kris Kristofferson’s “Help Me Make It Through The Night” (accompanied on guitar by Keith Urban).

It was a true full circle for the rising Country artist, who had been envisioning this moment since she was a 10-year old singing prodigy on The Rosie O’Donnell Show. Also worthy of mention, on that same week, Kree joined one of her biggest inspirations, Wynonna, on stage at 3rd & Lindsley, for performances of “Love is Alive” and “Grandpa“.

Catch Kree and the American Idol Top 11 on their summer tour this July and August! See the list of dates on AmericanIdol.com

Candice Glover Wins American Idol Season 12

Congratulations to Candice Glover, the winner of American Idol Season 12!

On May 16th, Idol fans witnessed the coronation of Candice Glover, who now joins the ranks of Idol Queens Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood, Fantasia Barrino, and Jordin Sparks.

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Kree Harrison Brings The Blues To American Idol

The fire in Kree Harrison is burning brighter than ever before!

Personally, I felt that Top 4 Week (Free Choice/One Hit Wonder) was her best week on American Idol thus far. I absolutely loved how Kree tapped into her bluesy side with Susan Tedeschi‘s “It Hurt So Bad”. Like with her Top 10 Victory Performance of Tedeschi’s “Evidence“, she was right in her element and it was all so awesome to see (and hear) unleash with a fine mix of grittiness and naturalness. “It Hurt So Bad” was her best vocal to date, and more importantly, it was also the performance that is most quintessentially true to her artistic styling of rootsy-bluesy-soulful country.

I was also happy that Kree chose to sing Procol Harum‘s “A Whiter Shade of Pale” (from 1967) for her second performance. The easy breezy Summer of Love anthem one of my favourite classic recordings to sit back and listen to – it has a groovy, timeless, and unforgettable vibe to it that I just adore, and Kree did such a wonderful and effortless job singing it!

I respect how she always chooses songs that evoke special memories and feelings to her. It’s very apparent that she’s a massive appreciator of music of all genres (she even cites Percy Sledge‘s rendition as the inspiration behind her song choice). It’s always risky to pick songs that aren’t so familiar to the Idol audience, but she manages to make it work every time. There’s something so genuine and sincere about Kree that makes me gravitate towards her and her gorgeous voice. When she sings, she means every word, and consequently, I believe every word.

Cheers To You… Girls of American Idol

Who run the world? IDOL GIRLS!

My American Idol dream is finally coming true! For the first time in the show’s history, there are five females in the Top 5, which means…

A GIRL WILL WIN AMERICAN IDOL SEASON 12!

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Girls Rule American Idol Season 12!

Every year, American Idol proclaims that it’s a girl’s year to win, and every year, I’m left feeling disappointed as we watch the female contestants drop one by one (Seasons 9 and 10), and witness a girl falling just short of the title at the grand finale (Seasons 9, 10, AND 11). However, it seems as if the tides have finally turned in Season 12.

For the first time in what feels like forever, the Top 5 girls have remained in tact in the Top 8 of the competition. Even better, three of those girls were named the Top 3 vote-getters during Top 10 week! With this resurgence of recognition and support for female talent, can the show finally find its first girl winner since Season 6’s Jordin Sparks in 2007? I believe so!

Just look at and listen to these five fantastic female contenders – Amber Holcomb, Angie Miller, Candice Glover, Janelle Arthur, and Kree Harrison
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