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Check Out Alicia Harvey’s Story
Today we’d like to introduce you to Alicia Harvey.
Hi Alicia, so excited to have you with us today. What can you tell us about your story? I was born in Nashville, TN, but raised in nearby Springfield. Growing up near Nashville, I frequented it often as my parents did grow up there. My grandmother owned a bar in the late 80s in a rough part of Nashville, and my mom told me that I was potty trained there, and she also worked there while pregnant with my brother. I brought this story to my friends David and Laurie Easterling and wrote the song, Gun Totin’ Granny, about my grandmother and our times at this bar. I started playing guitar when I was about 9 years old. There was a guitar lying around the house that no one could play, but one day, while hearing Fishin’ In The Dark on the radio, with only the two strings left on the guitar, I was playing along with the radio a little. My mom witnessed this and asked if I would like to take guitar lessons if she got strings on it, so that’s what started my journey on guitar. I began professionally performing when I moved to Knoxville in late 2014. After a few competitions and encouragement from friends and family, that’s what got me motivated to start playing gigs. I am making my first EP album, which should be released later this year. (you can visit my main website page at https://www.aharveymusic.com to read my bio and pull any other information you would like as well)
Can you talk to us about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned? Looking back, has it been easy or smooth in retrospect? It has only sometimes been a smooth road. I had a gastric bypass almost 10 years ago. Before that, I would get the courage to sing; unfortunately, I was called out for being heavier, and I quit publicly performing for several years until after my surgery. I soon realized it doesn’t matter what I look like; I will display my talent for all to hear. Not everyone will like me, and that’s okay with me.
Thanks for sharing that. So, you could tell us a bit more about your work. I am a country music artist and singer/songwriter/musician. So far, I have had some moments in this music career that I am proud of. I was able to sing with one of my influences, Terri Clark, on stage several years ago. I also was able to play a show on a rooftop in Nashville on Broadway, and my mom was able to attend; unfortunately, I suddenly lost her about 7 months ago, so that was special. What sets me apart from others here in the Knoxville area; there aren’t many girls who sing and play honky tonk country music around town as I do, so I feel that I’m unique in that way in this area. There are a million females like myself in Nashville, though, so it wouldn’t be the case there.
What makes you happy? I love playing music for people that enjoy country music. I do like playing original music that can connect with people, and getting complimented on those songs means the world because they are so personal.