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by Kylie Rae Harris
Kylie Rae Harris (1989 to 2019) was an American 'country music' singer. Kylie Rae Harris was born on May 15th 1989 in Wylie, Texas USA. She was exposed at an early age to the strong songwriting of such Texas performers as Radney Foster and Jerry Jeff Walker during regular family trips into the east Texas pines. By the age of 12, she had claimed that music was all she wanted to do in her life, especially after having sung in the church choir, and Harris then wrote her first song when she was just 14. From there she chose to pursue a career in music head on, whatever the outcome. Despite entering into an abusive relationship because of her chosen path, she managed to extricate herself from this and went on to become a highly revered songwriter and performer, not only in Texas but further afield. Quoting strong songwriting influences like Walt Wilkins and Patty Griffin, she issued her first EP "Taking It Back" in 2013, and this put her on the radar of those Texas music moguls so often criticised for not including enough women in the business. Following this record release, Harris won 'Female Vocalist Of The Year' from the "Texas Regional Radio Music Awards 2014", at which point her career took a pause while she gave birth to a daughter. The infant became the inspiration for what many believed was her best song, "Twenty Years From Now" (for many, now difficult to listen to in view of her passing). The song appeared on her most recent, self-titled EP brought out in March 2019, and came after a period living in Nashville, Tennessee, where she had gone in an effort to fulfil her musical dreams. After moving back to Texas, she finally thought she was finding her place in the music world, and had recently been working with the highly-regarded music manager Alex Torrez, who was looking to take her career to the next level. Tragically, Kylie Rae Harris died during a three vehicle collision on State Road 522 in Taos, New Mexico, on September 4th 2019. She was just 30, and is survived by her six-year-old daughter.
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Posted: 11th October 2019
Hundreds of very talented musicians pass away each year, some without much recognition at all. On "Rest In Peace", I aim to give them a fitting 'send-off', with a decent Tribute. I hope you will join me in marking their passing.....
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