Looks like Western Music fans will have a genuine cowgirl to root for when “American Idol“ returns this March. The 2-time currently reigning Western Music Association Entertainer of the Year (2016 & 2017), Krystin Harris, has auditioned for the return of the hit reality singing competition.
The 23-year-old posted a photo on her Facebook account of her in front of a large American Idol sign, and said “Well folks, this crazy news is now out...There I was, doing what I love, never imagining that a door like AMERICAN IDOL would open up in my life, but... amazing how God works. I have no info to give you beyond that - watch it all unfold by tuning in March 11th on ABC!!”. And she added: "Tons of gratitude to the venues that booked me months ago and were extremely accommodating when these special circumstances created date conflicts... AND they kept the secret. I am blessed."
The new season of “American Idol” premieres on ABC March 11. The series ran for 15 seasons on ABC before calling it quits in 2016. But the show has been revived this year with original host Ryan Seacrest and new celebrity judges pop superstar Katy Perry, Nashville mainstream hitmaker Luke Bryan and five-time Grammy winner and R&B legend Lionel Richie.
Because the auditions for the show are filmed in advance, unlike the live episodes later in the season, the results from the early rounds are kept tightly under wraps.
Kristyn Harris is a Texas-bred musical powerhouse with captivating western flair. Her singing has been praised as “timeless”, “powerful” and “shimmering”, and is complimented on stage by her swing guitar playing, yodeling, songwriting, and energetic stage presence.
Kristyn tours across the US and internationally. She started playing and singing when she was 14, drawn to songs of the western lifestyle because of her passion for the land and livestock and her rural raising. When she’s not playing music, she spends time training wild mustangs and trick riding, and has even ventured into the cattle business via her own small herd of black angus (the “Diamond K”). She draws most of her artistic inspiration from these experiences, as well as the vintage melodies and arrangements that cornerstone the western swing genre, plus styles from other songwriters.
Kristyn brings joy and passion to her music. And that passion makes her a winner. She is the 2017 Ameripolitan Music Awards Western Swing Female Artist of the Year and named the WMA Female Performer of the Year in 2014 & 2015. Also in 2017 Kristyn was awarded the Pro Cowboy Country Artist Entertainer of the Year and Female Vocalist of the Year. Her latest CD release, “Down the Trail”, has been recognized by both the WMA and PCCAA.
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!!"