The highly anticipated debut single from Kree Harrison is finally here. “This Old Thing” is the title track to Kree’s live, studio album recorded at Echo Mountain Studios in Asheville, NC. “This Old Thing” embodies the timeless sound that Kree has spent her entire life working toward. Although timeless, This Old Thing is modern and was recently described as “fresh, now and tomorrow” by CMT’s Stacey Cato.
Although only 25, the sharp lyrics and deep emotional expressions make the listener feel like she is a seasoned veteran. That’s because she has been doing this her entire life. At the ripe age of 3, she belted out Amy Grant’s “El-Shaddai” at her local church in Woodville, TX. Kree signed an artist development deal with Lyric Street Records at 10 and moved to Nashville shortly after. While looking for songs to record, she declared that she wanted to record “He Called Me Baby” by Harlan Howard. That dream was fulfilled 15 years later in North Carolina when she finally recorded that song she was drawn to so many years before.
Many know Kree from American Idol Season 12 where she finished runner-up in 2013. American Idol did an amazing job of highlighting her vocal talent, but the show only scratched the surface of Kree’s artistry. In early 2015, Kree signed with Nashville’s independent Plaid Flag Music and began writing with her album in mind. She ended up co-penning 9 of the 13 songs on the album, stretching from before Idol to her time with Plaid Flag in 2015.
Many times Kree has said, “This record has been 15 years in the making.” There are numerous examples from songs written or inspired during her childhood that illustrate this fact. As cliché as it may sound, this album has truly been a product of the last 15 years of Kree’s life. The significance of This Old Thing as the album title, title track, first track on the album sequence and first song released is not an accident. This has been a life-long dream of Kree’s, but it’s been worth the wait.