Harrison Steele hails from the heartland of America. Raised in Wichita, Kansas, Harrison took a liking to the arts at a young age. His mother, who owned a day-care, was very artistic herself, and helped foster that creativity in Harrison and the other children through activities like finger-painting, drawing, paper mache, and many other hands-on activities. His father, an entrepreneur and avid music fan helped cultivate Harrison’s love of music; 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 on his notes in the classroom and drawing at home. As he matured and technology became more accessible, Harrison discovered other forms of art such as film-making, photography, and graphic design, all of which he still enjoys today, but it wasn’t until the end of high school that Harrison found his true passion; his love of playing guitar and songwriting.
During his freshman year of high school Harrison heard Jack Johnson’s “In Between Dreams ” album in an art class and it inspired him to buy a guitar and learn how to sing and play. “The way Jack Johnson fit words together with rhythm and rhyme 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 tried to imitate that.”
Harrison spent years writing songs in his room with no formal training, drawing inspiration from Youtube videos and learning tabs of his favorite songs. He started performing at open mics around Wichita in his early 20s, and eventually started playing acoustic gigs at coffeeshops and small bars.
After living in Wichita his whole life and graduating from WSU, Harrison moved to Denver, Colorado in 2013 and started traveling the country as part of a promotional 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 voice and style of music are 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 moved back to Wichita in late 2016 and began performing publicly again in April 2017, eventually gigging weekly around his hometown and finding a community of friends and supportive fans.
Harrison briefly appeared on the 2018 comeback of American Idol, making it through a series of rounds and auditioning on national TV in front of judges Lionel Ritchie, Katie Perry and Luke Bryan.
“Harrison, you have a smoky-soulful kind of voice that I love… and a great energy about you.” – Lionel Richie – American Idol – Season 1 (2018)
Harrison resides in Wichita, Kansas, and can be seen playing shows around town. He has been writing music for almost ten years now, and recently released his first album (self-titled) on his 30th Birthday, May 1st 2019. It is now available on all major music platforms and streaming apps -> https://distrokid.com/hyperfollow/harrisonsteele/harrison-steele