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May 5, 2013

'Let Kreedom Ring'

Southeast Texans turn out to welcome home Kree Harrison

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WOODVILLE, Texas — “She’s such a sweet-spirited lady,” Webb said. “And she sings from her soul.”

Harrison’s biggest fans were also among the audience – her sister Laci Bruce and her grandmother Beverly Mire, of Groves.

“We’re so blessed,” Mire said. “It goes along with her God-given gift.”

Harrison said it was her sister who inspired her to audition for “Idol.”

“It’s such a big step,” she said. “You have to know who you are as an artist. But my amazing sister and I talked about it. We thought long and hard. I decided it was the right thing to do, and I don’t regret it.”

Before the parade, Harrison reminisced with childhood friends and discussed her experiences on “Idol,” which she called “more than I hoped for.”

“My favorite moment was going to the children’s hospital (in Los Angeles),” Harrison said. “This is an amazing process, because you wouldn’t be able to do these things necessarily this fast if it weren’t for ‘Idol.’ The platform and opportunities they give you has definitely been my favorite. It’s so fast-paced, but everything is worth it.”

With a tough battle for next week’s Top 2 and the promise of a national tour ahead of her, it is uncertain when Harrison will visit her hometown again. But, she said, Woodville will always be her home.

And besides, Southeast Texans can always catch her at the Mecca of country music – Nashville’s Grand Ole Opry.

“I’ve been ready for that for a long time,” Harrison said.

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