JEFFERSON COUNTY-By: Leslie Rangel
A singer with a booming voice and a Southeast Texas native made it into the final top 20 contestants on Fox's American Idol.
Kree Harrison began dreaming of being a star at age 3. Her Grandmother says her faith and family have kept her dreams of being a star shinning brightly despite two family tragidies.
Beverly Mire says she always knew her grandaughter would make it big. She started singing in her church, Agape, in Southeast Texas.
"She would walk up to people and say I can sing and they would say oh that's nice, that's cute and she'd say no I can really sing," Mire tells KFDM News.
Kree's talent garnered national attention in 1999 when she first appeared on the Rosie O'Donnell Show.
She signed a contract with producers in Tennesse and Kree and her mom moved to Nashville.
Kree was on the road to success, but later that year things changed.
"October of that same year, she was performing locally in Nashville and doing well and her father was killed in a plane crash," Mire says.
Only 9 years later tragedy struck once more and Kree's mother was killed in a car accident.
Mire says the pain did set her grandaughter back, but Kree took the pain and dealt with it the only way she knew how. She sang and wrote music.
"The song that she wrote about her mother and that was also a healing process for her," Mire said.
Kree's grandmother says healing through music defines Kree's courage.
"I'm so proud, so so proud, not just her talent, but who she is," Mire told KFDM News.
Mire says singing is Kree's healing. Without it she would be in trouble.
For updates on Kree Harrison's road to success, you can visit her Facebook Page.