Twenty two year old Kree Harrison was finally introduced in earnest to the American Idol audience as a young woman recovering from the tragic loss of both her parents by the time she had turned 19. She won over all the judges, including early doubters Randy Jackson and Nicki Minaj, with her rendition of “Stars” by Grace Potter & The Nocturnals, which prompted Keith Urban to declare that he’d fought for her because she has one of his favorite voices in the competition.
Now, check out a lovely, heartbreaking original song that Kree cowrote with Nashville hitmakers Natalie Hemby and Trent Dabbs, sung from the point of view of a son or daughter addressing a parent who has passed on, called “You Would’ve Wanted It That Way.” EDIT: The photo montage was put together by Kree’s sister, Laci Bruce.
Here is video of Kree singing the song live:
Kree already has friends and fans in buzzy names like Kacey Musgraves and Ashley Monroe. With songs like this and enough exposure from the Idol platform, it wouldn’t be a surprise to see her join them as an emerging, well-respected major label artist. Could she be a dark horse in this competition?
Thanks @Elicers for the information on the song’s cowriters and the person who put together the montage.