BIOGRAPHY

"...'A Woman Like Me', Harris' newest and possibly most vulnerable record to date, reveals a mature writer's sensibility honed through years of dedication to storytelling and her craft..."

 ~ Levi Gogeria, Penguin Eggs

 

Angela Harris was raised in the rural Chilcotin region of BC, Canada, where hunting, fishing and venturing out in to the wilderness were the norm. Her Dad and Grandpa ran the trap line in the winter months and their sawmill in the summer, while her mom managed the home front. 

 

The smell of wood smoke, sawdust, beaver bait and diesel filled the air and the sounds of Tom T Hall, The Carter Family, George Jones, Kitty Wells and Patsy Montana echoed through the walls. Harris was drawn to those sweet sounds of harmony and the simplicity of the melody and lyrics and began singing along, learning all the yodeling and harmony parts to as many Classic Country, Bluegrass and Folk albums that she could.

 

At the early age of 9 she began singing harmonies for her mother, who was a well-known singer and songwriter in BC at the time, and by the time she was 13, she was strumming her mom's 12-string guitar and writing songs. Upon graduating from high school, she was fronting her first band and performing her original songs.

 

With a passion for songwriting and a burning desire to hone her craft, Angela ventured off to Nashville, TN in 1992 and lived the Nashville experience for the 10 years that followed. In keeping a firm plant on her ever-evolving roots and authentic sound, she began building a strong network in that Mecca of Country and singing on demos for other songwriters. In the year 2000 she moved to the big city of Vancouver, BC with her three daughters, released her debut album, and began developing her music career as a professional recording artist and songwriter.

 

To date Angela has four full-length albums to her credit Angela Harris (2000), Roots (2006), Is Your Life as it Should Be (2009) and A Woman Like Me (2018), and 2 singles Family Matters (2011), Let’s Go for A Ride (2012), winning her a BCCMA Roots/Canadiana Award, as well as several award nominations, including a nod from the WCMA’s for Outstanding Roots Album.

 

Her work has charted Top 40 Country on Mediabase and !earshot’s Top 10 National Folk/Roots/Blues chart and she has toured in Canada, the US and the UK at major music festivals and venues such as the Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival, Vancouver Folk Music Festival, Salmon Arm Roots and Blues Festival, Hugh's Room, and Dingwalls in London, England where she opened for Grammy Award winning songwriter Jackie DeShannon (Betty Davies Eyes, Put A Little Love In Your Heart, When You Walk in The Room).

 

Angela’s latest album A Woman Like Me, was released on October 25, 2018, receiving several great reviews and an article by Levi Gogeria in the Spring 2019 issue of Pengiun Eggs. Appearing on the album is her hit single 'Still' which gained 30k streams within a week of its release, and triggered Spotify’s Discovery Weekly playlist, while ‘I Want Them Gone’ was added to Spotify’s Renegade Folk.

 

With the collapse of the music industry due to the COVID-19 pandemic, she has been writing a lot this past year and has hit the studio again. Her next single ‘You’re the King’ featuring vocals by co-writer and co-producer, Jay Buettner, hits online music stores on August 12, 2021 with more new Country/Americana music to follow.

 

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Aside from Angela’s 21-year solo career, she also enjoys collaborating in various musical projects. Her latest collaboration was performing as a vocalist in the Canadian Bluegrass band the High Bar Gang (HBG) from Sept 2010-Feb 2015 with Barney Bentall, Shari Ulrich Wendy Bird, Colin Nairne, Rob Becker and Eric Reed. Together they recorded and released the JUNO nominated album LOST & UNDONE: A Gospel Bluegrass Companion in 2013 and went on to win a CFMA Vocal Group of the Year award.

 

Harris also had the pleasure of touring as a cast member in the Barney Bentall & The Grand Cariboo Opry road show for 5 seasons (2010-2015) and also appears on various recording projects such as Barney Bentall's Flesh and Bone, Matt Masters' All Western Winners and Chris Ronald's Fragments.

 

When Harris is not on the road, in the studio, or songwriting, you’ll likely find her painting, out on a hike, at the beach, woodworking in her shop, at her family’s cabin in the Cariboo, or hanging out with her daughters.