Kristyn Harris, from Collin County, Texas, has a passion for all things cowboy and western swing. Inspired by her connection to the ranching lifestyle and by the music of classic and contemporary western icons, she is noted for her singing, songwriting, yodeling and sock rhythm guitar style.
Kristyn’s love and involvement with horses started with her first horse at age 11; she became an active member of her county 4H club, eventually garnering the top National Award for Hippology [the Study of Horses] with her 4H team in 2011. Training has also come easily to Kristyn, as she discovered when she adopted and successfully trained a wild mustang filly, which she rode during the entirety of the 50-mile New Mexico Centennial Cattle Drive in May 2012. She adopted a second mustang, a yearling colt, with which she entered in the 2012 Supreme Extreme Mustang Makeover Youth training competition. She considers her horses one of her primary musical inspirations – and her best friends!
In 2011, Kristyn was awarded the Western Music Association’s Janet McBride Yodeling Award and was the winner of the Rising Star Competition at the 2011 Kamloops , B.C. Cowboy Festival. She was a top five finalist for the 2012 Academy of Western Artists Female Performer of the Year, and has been in the top five for WMA’s Crescendo Award in 2010 and 2011. On the stage, around a campfire, or on horseback, Kristyn delights audiences with her warm, genuine and energetic personality!
What Folks're Sayin'
What's Being Said by Recognized Performers in the business:
"Kristyn, you are one great talent!" - Yvonne Hollenbeck, 4-time WMA* Female Poet of the Year and AWA* award winner
“When I first saw her [Kristyn Harris] working those changes through, saw her left hand working [on the guitar], I thought, we’re in good hands. Then, turns out she’s a cowgirl…now I really like her! And, she’s a great singer.” -- Dave Alexander, AWA Entertainer of the Year and 3-time Grammy nominee
“LOVE the CD!! What a nice warm vintage sound.” AWA Female Performer
“Kristyn is a jewel!” - Carolyn Martin, Texas Western Swing Hall of Fame Inductee, 2-time AWA Western Swing Female Vocalist
"Kristyn is one of the hardest working young people in the business....she is polished and professional in her presentation, way beyond her years. A lot of adults could learn from watching her prepare and present her unique brand of cowgirl swing music! I'm so proud of her!
And she has a wonderful attitude. What a great young role model Kristyn is." -- Juni Fisher, WMA Entertainer of the Year, 3- time Female Performer of the Year and True West's Best Solo Western Musician 2011/2012, and first female awarded the Western Heritage Wrangler Award
"...one of the greatest talents that I have ever heard..."
- Red Steagall
"Kristyn is a great songwriter, singer and an accomplished musician. A real treasure."
- Don Edwards
"One of the brightest young talents in this or any other genre…."
- Dave Stamey
"Miss Kristyn Harris did a fantastic job at the night show Friday [at the 2011 Lubbock Cowboy Symposium]. She's the face of the future of Western Music...you heard it here first (unless somebody already said it!). Kristyn - Some young performers are popular because of the novelty of their youth. You're doing well because you're good! Keep up your hard work and the sky is the limit." -- Jim Jones, AWA and WMA Award winner
*WMA - Western Music Association
AWA - Academy of Western Artists
Please Note: All information courtesy of Kristyn Harris. Find her whole story including tour schedule www.kristynharris.com
2017 Pro Cowboy Country Artist Association:
Entertainer of the Year
Female Vocalist of the Year
2017 Ameripolitan Music Awards: Western Swing Female of the Year
Western Music Association Awards:
2017 & 2016 Entertainer of the Year
2015 & 2014 Female Performer of The Year
2013 Cowboy Swing Album of The Year, Let Me Ride
2013 Trio Harmony Award of The Year: Prairie Divas and The Outlaw with Devon Dawson and Jessie Robertson
SCVTV Presents The OutWest Concert Series
An Evening with Miss Devon and the Outlaw, Kristyn Harris, Brook Wallace
June 25, 2015
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An Evening with Kristyn Harris and Jim Jones
WMA 2014 Female and Male Performer of The Year
Wednesday, April 15, 2015
Filmed at the Repertory East Playhouse
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Miss Devon and the Outlaw, Kristyn Harris, Brook Wallace
Filmed Friday, July 27, 2012
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Click Links for Song Videos:
What A Horse Has Gotta Do
I've Been Everywhere
Thank Heavens For Dale Evans
Click Links for Podcast Interviews with Kristyn:
Equestrian Legacy Radio
August 17, 2017
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August 13, 2015
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January 22, 2015
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"Around The Barn" Radio Programs 2013-2012
November 16, 2013
August 10, 2013
July 21, 2012 It's All About Music and Fiction, Western style!
July 28. 2012 It's All About Roy Rogers, Dale Evans, and National Day of the Cowboy!
November 17, 2012 LIVE from Albuquerque!