Harrison Street... Sound Familiar?
There was probably a Harrison Street in the town you grew up in, there was in mine. In fact, I grew up right on Harrison Street in the town of Douglas, Wyoming. So yeah, it sounds REAL familiar to me! That's a major reason why I named the band Harrison Street.
But there's more to it than that.
I first discovered my ability, soufulness, and joy of singing through the mentoring of a man named David Anderson. He came to our little town as a high school choir teacher and introduced us to Jazz, Gospel, Blues and essentually, the true PASSION of music and singing. He got rid of the choir robes and put us in black dresses and tuxedos. He put microphones in our hands and boogie in our shoes! It was on that stage, that I got my first standing ovation from a sold out auditorium, and I knew my voice could move people. It was also on that stage I remember thinking "this is it, I am in my element."
So what's this have to do with the name Harrison Street? Well, when Dave Anderson started the first vocal Jazz esemble, he called it Hamilton Street, the street the high school was on. I couldn't rightly take that name, but I still wanted to pay homage to the man and his passion that taught me so much. Thanks Dave, this one's for you.