Kristyn Harris "The Jewel of the West"Kristyn is a western artist who sings, plays (and sometimes yodels!) everything from her own original western songs to the classic and contemporary cowboy ballads, Silver Screen favorites and the music of her heritage, Western Swing (designated by the Texas legislature as The Official Music of Texas!).
Kristyn Harris, age 19 of Collin County, Texas, is the winner of the 2012 Western Music Association CRESCENDO AWARD. She is noted for her singing, songwriting, swing rhythm guitar style, big bass thumping, and yodeling -- named the WMA female Yodeler of the Year. She has been inspired by the music of classic and contemporary western icons, and her heart lies in western and western swing music and the ranching culture that it speaks of.
Along with her passion for playing western music, she is a horseperson to the core. She has trained two wild mustangs and draws inspiration from her horses daily. By age 12 she became an active member of her County 4H club, eventually garnering the 4H National Championship for Hippology (the study of horses) with her team in 2011. Kristyn found her love of training when in 2008 she adopted a Velvet, her first wild mustang, who she successfully gentled and brought under saddle. She rides Velvet in everything from parades to cattle drives, and has recently adopted a second mustang yearling with which she competed in the 2012 Supreme Extreme Mustang Makeover in Fort Worth.
In 2013 Kristyn released her second CD, "Let Me Ride", a stellar collection of songs that is already seeing strong airplay among Americana/western music radio programs and shows, and is sure to garner attention during the 2013 awards nomination season. She won the Rising Star Competition at the 2011 Kamloops Cowboy Festival in British Columbia, was the winner of the 2011 WMA Janet McBride Yodeling Award, and was a 2012 top five finalist for Academy of Western Artists Female Performer of the Year. She has made appearances at Red Steagall’s Cowboy Gathering in Fort Worth; the Texas Cowboy Poetry Gathering in Alpine; the National Cowboy Symposium; the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering in Elko, NV; the Durango Cowboy Poetry & Music Gathering; Los Angeles’ Autry Museum of Western Heritage; at Kenton Ohio’s “Gene Autry Days”, and at Santa Clarita's Cowboy Festival, to name a few . She has played onstage with the legendary western swing band “The Texas Playboys” at the Lincoln County Cowboy Symposium; performed at Michael Martin Murphey’s Texas Cowboy Christmas Ball; been featured on RFD-TV's Shotgun Red Variety Show, and on Nickelodeon’s popular kids’ game show, “FIGURE IT OUT”. Kristyn never fails to gallop right into the hearts of her audiences with her warm, genuine, and energetic personality!
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Teresa Burleson "Texas Cowgirl Poet"Teresa is an award winning cowgirl poet whose poems are inspired by her personal experiences, her heritage, and the Western way of life. Her zest for life is evident in her poetry as well as her ability to make people laugh and touch their lives.
Teresa and her husband, Bobby, live on a small ranch in rural Parker County, Texas. They have had cattle and Boer goats in the past, but during the severe drought in 2011 they sold all of their livestock except for their Quarter Horses. They also compete in chuckwagon cooking competitions with their 1898 Mitchell wagon that they restored and preserved to be historically correct. In addition to his day job Bobby makes custom bits and spurs.
Her passion for her Western heritage is also how she makes her living. Like a lot of people these days she drives to town to work. Her position as the Director of the Stockyards Museum, in the historic Fort Worth Stockyards, allows her the opportunity to promote, perpetuate and educate not only the local history but that of the cattle drives, cowboys and outlaws that passed through Fort Worth.
Teresa was honored to be awarded the 2010 Cowgirl Poet of the Year by the Academy of Western Artists. She has multiple nominations by the Western Music Association (WMA) and the Academy of Western Artists (AWA). Her first CD, The Cowgirl Way, was nominated and in the Top 10 by the WMA in 2009.
Her newest CD, The Legend Remains, was released on July 19, 2013.
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