Harper Grae released a new single and music video today (6/16), just in time for Father’s Day. But it isn’t the typical Father’s Day song. “Dear Daddy,” a very personal song to Harper, was written with Nashville Songwriter Hall of Fame member Pat Alger. Additionally the artist has just released a live performance video featuring Alger on guitar and shot at the iconic Bluebird Cafe in Nashville.
“This song is without a doubt one of the most personal songs I’ve ever written.” Grae said. “For one of my writing appointments with Pat, I brought in a letter I had written to my father, but never sent it to him. I thought it could simply be inspiration for a song, but it turned out being the song. We spent the afternoon crafting music around most of the letter I had written, and ‘Dear Daddy’ is the result.
“The fact that I got to write it with such an incredible writer as Pat Alger is just amazing to me,” Grae said. “Then, he agreed to perform it with me for a live music video. Add to that, we got to shoot it at the iconic Bluebird Cafe. It’s just me and Pat and these raw emotions. For a while, I was afraid to share this kind of story from my past, but unfortunately, I think many people will be able to relate to the lyrics. I hope that brings all of us in this same situation some comfort—the fact that you aren’t alone and that there is beauty in admitting that vulnerability.”
See the video here: https://youtu.be/OWkZ_R1OkdM.
Following the release of her debut single, “Hell or Highwater,” and its music video, Harper was added to CMT’s Artist Discovery Program, named one of the 10 Artists You Need To Know by Rolling Stone Country and also featured in the Artist Discovery spotlight on the nationally syndicated radio show Crook & Chase.
Her most recent single, “Free,” inspired renowned music critic Robert K. Oermann to write in Music Row: “Very cool sounding… her vocal is loaded with personality. Best of all, it is an outstanding production that incorporates hand claps, thudding-stark percussion, churchy piano chords, a celebratory chorus of backup vocalists and mandolin twittering. Essential listening.”
Because of her exposure on the popular TV show Glee Project 2, Harper attracted a solid fan base that has followed her to her new career in country music. On the show, they met a young woman with a big voice and a survivor’s attitude and approach to life. Her music reflects that same code.
Harper is currently working on her debut EP, which is set to be released fall 2017. For more information, please visit: https://www.harpergraemusic.com.