Were you happy for Candice after her win?
Kree Harrison: Well, yeah!
Did you feel disappointed that you didn’t win?
Kree Harrison: You know what? We’re both standing there, and the beauty of Candice and I is that we are both totally different artists. We are both so driven for each other’s careers, and I just felt like it was the beginning. This is not the end of the road for any of us. I’m so proud of her, and I am proud of myself for getting this far. And I could not believe I was standing there with her at the finale!
Honestly the whole night was magical for me and Candice. We kept looking at each other asking, “What are we doing?”The fact that I kept looking down and seeing my whole family — my brother is here tonight — I felt so relieved to have the support that I have had.
With Candice coming out with an album in six weeks and Angie already releasing a single, what are your musical plans?
Kree Harrison: Stay tuned!
How do you think you have improved as a performer through the “American Idol” experience?
Kree Harrison: I think before this whole journey that emotionally, I had a wall up on stage. It’s really taught me how to tear that down and connect with an audience. Because you have to on the show — you have to sing into a camera and that’s really important. I just feel like it’s taught me to be a better performer.
What sort of album would you like to ideally produce?
Kree Harrison: I don’t want to tell you yet! [laughs] It’s definitely going to be country, for sure. I want to be country. I can’t believe I get to go and make that now!
Whatever it is it will be Kree.
If you could pick anyone from “Idol” to work with on the album, who would it be?
Kree Harrison: Keith. He’s a fellow country artist, and it would be awesome to have a collaboration. I had so much fun singing with him!
Since Nashville is known for being welcoming to new artists, is that where you think your home will remain?
Kree Harrison: Oh yes. I’ve lived in Nashville for 13 years, so I’ve adopted lots of family. I am a little biased — it’s my second home.
What’s next for you?
Kree Harrison: The next step! All of the relationships that I’ve created and friends that I’ve made get to move forward together — which is crazy. I get to go and tour! Then I just want to make a record.
That’s all I’ve ever wanted to do.