Kree Annette Harrison was born on May 17, 1990 at St. Mary’s Hospital in Port Arthur, Texas. The family moved to Woodville, Texas in a home that was given to them by their grandmother. At three, Harrison asked her pastor if she could sing during church. The request was accepted and after she sang, her pastor commented, “I was expecting Jesus Loves Me, but she belted out El Shaddai by Amy Grant. I knew then this child had a special gift.” Over the next several years, Harrison sang for churches, rodeos, weddings and competitions. At eight, she was the opening act for R&B performer Percy Sledge. At nine, she won “Artist of the Year” from Kirbyville Playhouse, and at ten, she sang on The Rosie O’Donnell Show and was invited back on three other occasions. She sang in country playhouses all over the area, as a special guest at a Warren Talent Show, and she was second place winner in the New York Apollo competition held in Houston. On October 11, 2001, Harrison’s father died after the plane he was on crashed off the coast of Spain. After sixth grade, her family moved to Nashville to pursue her singing career. She attended seventh grade there, and was home schooled afterwards in order to devote more time to her music. On September 22, 2009, Harrison’s mother was killed in a head on traffic collision.
Harrison auditioned in Oklahoma City and performed an original song that she wrote to her mother.
In the semi-finals, Harrison performed “Cry” by Faith Hill. On March 7, 2013, Harrison was voted into the Top 10. Her performance of “Crying” by Roy Orbison earned her enough votes to establish her as one of the night’s top three contestants, along with Candice Glover and Angie Miller. Harrison once again landed in the night’s top three contestants after she performed “Piece of My Heart” by Erma Franklin, along with Lazaro Arbos and Angie Miller. After her Top 6 performance, Harrison earned enough votes to land in the night’s top two contestants, along with Candice Glover. For the first time, after her Top 5 performance, she landed in the bottom two. She became the runner-up on May 16, 2013.