You know that old saying, 'you can take the girl out of the country, but you can't take the country out of the girl'? Well it rings true in the case of Alternative Country recording artist and songwriter, Angela Harris.
Harris was born in to a musical family, raised by her bootstrapping parents in the rural Chilcotin backwoods of BC, Canada, where hunting, fishing and venturing out in to the wilderness were the norm. Her Dad and Grandpa trapped in the winter months and ran the sawmill in the summer.
As a young girl, Harris recalls living with her family in her Grandpa's small cabin. 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 yodelling 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/songwriter in BC at the time, and took to writing poetry at the age of 11. Two years later she picked up her mom's 12-string guitar and started writing songs. Upon graduating from high school she was fronting her first band and introducing her original material to her fans.
With a passion for songwriting and a burning desire to hone her craft, Harris 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 moved to Metro Vancouver, BC with her three daughters in the year 2000 to spread her wings and begin developing her professional music career as a recording artist and songwriter.
To date Harris 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 two singles - Family Matters (2011), Lets Go For A Ride (2012) - winning her a BCCMA Roots/Canadiana Award, as well as several award nominations and a nod from the WCMA’s for Outstanding Roots Album.
Her work has charted Top 40 Country on Mediabase and Top 10 on the national Folk/Roots/Blues earshot! charts 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).
Aside from her 18-year solo career, Harris also enjoys collaborating in various musical projects. Her latest ones include 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.
Harris' new album A Woman Like Me, was released on October 25, 2018 and has already achieved 35k+ streams and 600+ saves on Spotify which landed her single 'Still' on Discovery Weekly. She also has 30k+ video views between Facebook and YouTube for her songs 'Should Have Known' and 'Still', as well as several blog reviews and an article by Levi Gogeria in the Spring 2019 issue of Pengiun Eggs.
When Harris is not on the road, in the studio, or songwriting, you can find her advocating for peace and supporting and consulting her fellow artists through her business Fair Wend Entertainment Services, as well as her record label, Routes Records.
In her downtime, she enjoys her family at their home by the ocean and north shore mountains where she loves to take photographs, write, hike, kayak, ski, swim, create visual art, picnic and walk along the beach.