Kree Harrison Won’t Mix Rap and Country on Debut Album

I love that Kree Harrison can joke about this. When The Tennessean newspaper in Nashville asked her about her post-American Idol debut country album, Harrison said, “Well, there will probably be some featured rappers on my record. I’m just kidding.”

For some artists, that kind of blending of genres is a natural endeavor. Just ask Jason Aldean about having Ludacris on his “Dirt Road Anthem.” Or Florida Georgia Line about featuring Nelly in a remix of their “Cruise.” Or Tim McGraw, for that matter, who was one of the first to do such a collaboration when he hooked up with Nelly on his “Over and Over” back in 2004.

But that kind of collaborating is not part of Harrison’s grand plan.

“I just want to stay true to my country roots, but that being said, I’m not going to put myself in a box before I’m even in the studio,” she said. “It’s just going to sound like me, which hopefully the fans will see as consistent.”

And what sounds like her is hopefully going to be the soulful country voice we fell in love with when she was the runner-up on American Idol earlier this year. She even talked about how she’s making plans to sit on a porch sometime soon and write a song with fellow Idol finalist Janelle Arthur.

Harrison will spend Saturday (Aug. 31) in Nashville for the final stop of the American Idol Live tour. It’s possible that her BFF Kacey Musgraves will make an appearance.

“People keep asking, but I’m not saying anything,” she said. “If anything happens, I want it to be a surprise. It’s going to be no surprise, anyway, because we’re always together.”

Alison makes her living loving country music. She's based in Chicago, but she's always leaving her heart in Nashville.