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, Eminemand 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)

Following his appearance on American Idol, Harrison opened up for Train at Hartman Arena on May 11th, 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


  1. Listening to you at Train concert at Hartman. Really enjoy your music!!! Reminds me of 1st time I saw Ed Sheeran when he was starting out.

  2. Harrison, met you at Green Acres, Parker Milsap, yes, but Eric Bettencourt was who I was thinking of.
    Check him out.

  3. Loved listening to you at Final Friday tonight and will never forget the way my nephews were mesmerized by your music. Weston talked about it all night and said he will use your sticker as a bookmark. Thanks for sharing your talent.

    1. That is so cool!!! I love when my music can connect with all generations. Thanks for the feedback, I’m happy you all enjoyed the show : )

  4. I really enjoyed your music today at Wichita Oasis and hope to hear & see you again. It was a great day. Thank you so much!

  5. I first saw you at Train in 2018 and you killed it. My wife follows you on FB and we’ve tried to come see a show but haven’t made it work but luckily saw you at Botanica on Mother’s Day(2019) and you were awesome! Keep on pursuing your dream. You have a unique talent that is awesome to listen to!! Thanks for the show!!

    1. Hey man, thank you so much!! I appreciate the support and encouragement. You’re welcome. I’m glad Botanica worked out : ) See you around!


  6. I just recently found your music. I don’t know how far you travel, but I would love to see you in North Carolina!

    1. Hi Amanda,

      That would be so awesome! I haven’t travelled the east side of the U.S. much. I’m in Wichita, Kansas but I’ve been thinking about putting together a tour at some point!! How did you find me, if you don’t mind me asking?

      Best Wishes,
      Harrison Steele

  7. Nice article in the Eagle. Hope your equipment survived the hail storm at GA last Tuesday.
    I will miss seeing you on Tuesday’s, am looking for a new job elsewhere. Wishing all your days are full of sunshine, joy and lots of laughter. Judy

    1. Thank you so much, Judy! I was excited to be featured in the Eagle. And my equipment did all survive. That hail was crazy! Wishing you the same and more!! : )

  8. I am hearing you today at Botanica and love your music. Do you play regularly in the Wichita area?
    Would make a point to hear you again.

    1. Hi Judy, Thank you! yes if you find me on Facebook or instagram @harrisonsteele and send me a friend request. I post all of my shows on those two social media accounts! I also have one album on Spotify, Apple Music and all other digital platforms 🙂

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