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BIOGRAPHY

"...'A Woman Like Me', Harris'…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

An international touring artist, Harris has performed at some of the biggest festivals in North America (Vancouver Folk Music Festival, Hardly Strictly Bluegrass, Salmon Arm Roots and Blues) and shared stages with artists such as Eliza Gilkyson, David Francey, Chuck Brodsky, Ruthie Foster, Ray Wylie Hubbard and many others.

 

Having been raised in a rural community nestled in the Chilcotin region of British Columbia, Canada, Harris learned the value of hard work and family unity at an early age.  Coming from a long line of musical talent, she was surrounded by creative influences her entire life, one of the most precious, was her mother.  On stages since she was 9, Harris began songwriting and playing guitar by the age of 13, and fronting her first band at 19.  Encouraged by her band mates to play her originals, Harris brought her music to the studio and began working toward a professional career.

 

In the early 90’s, she ventured from her small hometown with her guitar and a suitcase full of demos, to Nashville, TN, and followed it up with 10 more trips to the Music City, where she honed her craft, recorded, performed and co-wrote.

To date, she has released four full-length albums - Angela Harris (2000), Roots (2006), Is Your Life as it Should Be (2009) and A Woman Like Me (2018) – and three singles -  Family Matters (2011), Let’s Go for A Ride (2012), and You’re the King (2021) ft Jay Buettner.

 

Her “A Woman Like Me” album, was released on October 25, 2018, receiving several great reviews and an article by Levi Gogeria in the Spring 2019 issue of Pengiun Eggs. The feature track, 'Still' gained 30k streams within a week of its release, triggering Spotify’s Discovery Weekly, while ‘I Want Them Gone’ was added to Spotify’s editorial playlist, Renegade Folk. Her current single ‘You’re the King’ ft Jay Buettner was added to SiriusXM CBC Country, as well as Stingray’s Americana channel.

 

Overall, her work has landed on the Top 40 Mediabase, National Top 10 !earshot and iTunes (UK, China, Latvia) charts, been licensed to film, garnered several BCCMA (British Columbia Country Music Association) nominations, as well as a BCCMA Roots/Canadiana award, and a WCMA (Western Canadian Music Awards) nomination in for Outstanding Roots Album category for her second album "Roots” (co-produced by Angela and Eric Reed and released by Maximum/Universal Music in Canada and Maximum/Rounder/Proper in the UK and Europe). 

 

In addition to her 22-year solo career, she also enjoys collaborating in various musical projects, such as peforming as a vocalist in the Canadian Bluegrass band the High Bar Gang (HBG) with Barney Bentall, Shari Ulrich Wendy Bird, Colin Nairne, Rob Becker and Eric Reed from Sept 2010 - Feb 2015. 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 has 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.

 

A country girl at heart, Harris is a down to earth business woman, artist and storyteller. With her powerful and rootsy voice, Harris’ unique acoustic style is welcomed in the Folk/Roots, Alt Country and Americana genres.

 

Solid with her sound and comfortable with her craft, she describes herself as a seasonal writer...a process of 'inputs' and 'outputs'.  "In the spring and summer, I’m in ‘input’, inhaling all that is happening around me and in the world. By the fall and winter, I’m heavy in thought, and go into 'output' where I start processing through the creation of things and writing songs. Some of what I create, I hold as personal works, others I share...”

 

She has begun writing her 5th album and looks forward to getting back to making music post-COVID.