Harrison Steele hails from the heartland of America. Growing up in Wichita, Kansas, Harrison took a liking to the arts at a young age. His mother, who owned a day care when Harrison was growing up, was very artistic herself, and helped foster that creativity in Harrison and the other children she took care of through activities like finger-painting, drawing, making paper mache, and many other hands-on activities. Harrison’s father, an entrepreneur and avid music fan helped cultivate Harrison’s love of music by playing music on the stereo at home, jamming out in the car and taking him to concerts.
Harrison spent much of his time as an adolescent doodling in the classroom and drawing at home. As he matured and technology progressed, Harrison discovered other forms of art such as film-making, photography, and graphic design, but it wasn’t until the end of high school that he found his true passion; his love of playing guitar and songwriting.
Freshman year of High School Harrison heard Jack Johnson’s “In Between Dreams ” album in art class and it inspired him to buy a guitar and learn how to play. “The way Jack Johnson fit words together with rhyme and rhythm into the melody of a song fascinated me… His wordplay resonated with me I guess and his mellow vibe… oh and that chukka sound, haha… I definitely copied that.”
Harrison spent years writing songs in his room with no formal training, slowly getting better, drawing inspiration from Youtube videos, and learning tabs of his favorite songs. Harrison started performing at open mics around Wichita in his early 20s, and eventually started playing gigs of his own.
After living in Wichita his whole life and graduating college from WSU, Harrison made the move to Denver, Colorado and started traveling around the country as part of his new marketing job. Many of Harrison’s experiences on the road, traveling and seeing the country outside of Kansas, especially on the west coast, greatly influenced his songwriting and style.
Harrison’s style of music is characterized by a mixture of folk, soul, pop, R&B, bluegrass, Rock’n’Roll, Americana and more; drawing influences from various artists such as Jack Johnson, The Lumineers, Ed Sheeran, Mumford & Sons, Damien Rice, Bob Dylan, Amos Lee, Ray Lamontagne, Jamestown Revival, Rush, NEEDTOBREATHE, ELO, Eminem, and more.
Harrison currently resides in Wichita, Kansas and can be see playing shows around town by himself and with his band, THE PLAINS. Harrison has been writing music for almost ten years and though a few of his songs have already been released, he is currently working on producing his first official album. It is expected to be released in the Summer of 2018. Subscribe to the mailing list at the bottom of this page to be notified when the album is released.