Kylie Harris


When Kylie Harris touched down in Nashville, Tennessee, in 1997 she had two New Zealand country music album of the year awards under her belt and a phone number in her pocket.

The onboard sound system was playing ‘How Bizarre’ by OMC and the 22-year-old Harris took it as a sign that her permanent move to the country music capital of the world was a good decision.

Kylie Harris with Gary Daverne, producer of her first two albums, Let It Be Love (1995) and Fancy (1996).
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Kylie Harris in a photo shoot by Amy Dickerson, down an alley near Broadway, Nashville. 
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Kylie Harris (in red) with the Ricky Skaggs Band, 1994. Skaggs is squatting, in front, and promoter Gray Bartlett is to her left, in a black shirt. Harris was support act to Skaggs, on her first national tour.
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Kylie singing with TJ Dennis, at Seanachie’s Irish Bar, Nashville, TN. “I played here on a weekly basis with my band for many years. TJ – my former roommate – went on to follow in the footsteps of her father (Kevin Bloody Wilson) and now performs under the name Jenny Tailia from Australia. 
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Kylie Harris - Summer Flowers (c1996)
Kylie Harris backstage with Charley Pride, Grand Ole Opry, Nashville, 2001.
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Kylie Harris with Will Millar from the Irish Rovers. Between 1994 and 1997 she toured with Will and his band several times around New Zealand and Australia.
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Kylie Harris with parents Clem and Anita and country/bluegrass star Ricky Skaggs, 2004.
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Kylie Harris recording at Stebbing's, Auckland, 1994. 
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Kylie Harris on the set of Celebrity Kitchen, with host Lorraine Crook, c. 2005. “This was the network I was on, Great American Country.” 
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Kylie Harris in 1999, on a return visit to the first country music club in which she performed, in the lower Matura Valley, Wyndham, Southland.
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Kylie Harris with US country superstar, Charley Pride. 
Kylie Harris performing at the Grand Ole Opry, Nashville, 2001
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Kylie Harris with John Daines, Charley Pride’s manager, Canada, 2002. “He was instrumental in me coming to the States. I told him I wanted to live in Nashville, and he became my visa sponsor for the first few years – it’s quite an involved process. He is English, and moved to the US himself, so he understood the process. I'll always be so grateful.”
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Kylie Harris Singing in Patty Loveless' band - 'You Don't Even Know Who I Am'
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Kylie Harris performing at the Grand Ole Opry, Nashville, 2001. 
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Kylie Harris with a poster for her appearance on Nashville Star, a high-rating television talent show on the USA Network, 2003. “I made it through so far and then got axed. Buddy Jewell won that year and Miranda Lambert was runner up!”
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Kylie Harris with Papua New Guinean musicians, Port Moresby, 1996. The trip was to perform at the opening of a Toyota branch in Port Moresby.
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Kylie Harris singing at Robert’s, Broadway, Nashville, 2004. The fiddle player, Papi, used to play in Patsy Cline's band. 
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Kylie Harris - Hands of my Heart (2004)
Kylie Harris with Rozene Pride, Charley’s wife, at rehearsals in Dallas, TX, prior to Harris’s first Canadian tour with Pride. “I’ll never forget going to their house, a sprawling ranch, that they lived in for many, many years, and raised their children there. It had an indoor swimming pool, and their kitchen had the original Formica counters, with knife marks from all of the years. She told me she could never bring herself to replace them because of all the memories they held.”
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Kylie Harris recording her first album at Stebbings, Auckland, 1994. The album was released in 2005.
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Kylie Harris with Garth Brooks, Auckland, 1994. “He was having a meet and greet in Auckland. Like a total geek I lined up, and absolutely melted when I got face to face! I was about 18 or 19.”
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Kylie Harris performing with Ray Woolf (left) and an Auckland backing band, Papua New Guinea, 1996.
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Kylie Harris backstage with Charley Pride, Grand Ole Opry, Nashville, 2001.
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Kylie Harris outside Tootsies, Nashville, 2003. This was the venue, in 1997, for her first gig in Nashville. 
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Kylie Harris with Kenny Rogers, Queenstown, 1997. Kylie had performed - before 10,000 people - as his support act, and he tapped her on the shoulder to say hello. She then splashed water on his T-shirt from the bottle she was holding.
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Kylie Harris - Give Me Something To Go On (2004)
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Kylie Harris performing c. 1997, on the back of a sheep-shearing roadshow truck. In her band are, from left, Dean Kerr, guitar; Bruce Kerr, bass, Mal McCallum, keyboards.
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Kylie Harris on her second appearance at the Grand Ole Opry, 2004. With the Opry band backing her up, she sang ‘One Of These Days’, by Emmylou Harris. On backing vocals was a longtime friend, Shanna Strassberg.
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Kylie Harris on her first trip to Nashville, 1997. To her left is Dave, a local sound engineer; to her right is New Zealander Malcolm McCallum. “We played Tootsies from 10am to 1pm, our first official gig in Nashville. We made $50. Dave took us to his studio to sit in on a session, which was mind-blowing.”
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Kylie Harris (in pink) with her sister Joanna, singing at the Gore Country Music Club, c. 1988. 
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