Songs of Joy, Hope and Freedom

A well-traveled performer, lecturer and cultural ambassador, Reggie has earned wide acclaimed and respect from peers and audiences alike throughout the U.S., Canada, Europe and around the world. He combines spirituals and roots music, historic inspiration, and moving original songs, often in the themes of unity and social justice. Knowing this, audiences have bestowed upon him a fitting slogan: “Songs of Joy, Hope, and Freedom.”

Known for over 40 years as one-half of the eminently prominent duo, Kim & Reggie Harris, Reggie continues to criss-cross the country, carrying the message of joy, unity, tolerance and peace through the powerful medium of live music.

Dr Kim Harris has greatly curtailed her touring to join the ranks of University faculty, with only limited performance availability.

Reggie remains in high demand for concerts, schools, University residencies, community-building, festivals and teaching workshops.

Reggie Harris is a singer-songwriter, storyteller, and cultural ambassador on a mission to educate, entertain, and inspire. For over 40 years, he has captivated audiences to standing ovations in the US, Canada, and across Europe.

A songwriter of great depth and insight, Reggie writes from a personal but accessible place that reveals his deep sense of humanity and a uniquely positive worldview. He is a trailblazer who performs for audiences of all ages. His effervescently humorous and hopeful presence has led fans to label him the “Ambassador of Joy, Hope, and Freedom.”

An educator who entertains, Reggie’s songs reveal the subtle truths of issues that touch our lives regardless of color, background, age, or nationality. It’s about the laughter and the tears… the challenges and the joy… the global and the personal. It’s about history and the present day… the sacred and the laugh out loud funny moments that define us.

Reggie received a life-saving liver transplant in 2008. He uses the inspiration and triumph of that gift of life to spread light and hope. 

Averaging over 250 dates per year, this versatile performer is in high demand at arts centers, schools, universities, and festivals. Reggie is an intuitive presenter in workshops on history, song writing, and performance.

Reggie is a teaching artist for the John F Kennedy Center’s CETA program, a Woodrow Wilson Scholar, and the Director of Music Education for the UU Living Legacy Project. He is a master song leader who deeply values the power of song and the dignity of every human being. 

Previously known as one-half of the acclaimed folk acoustic duo Kim and Reggie Harris, this natural collaborator, also invigorates his solo touring with occasional partnerships, most notably with Greg Greenway (Deeper Than the Skin) Scott Ainslie (Long Time Coming), and Pat Wictor.

Reggie leads workshops and seminars on songwriting, race relations, and performance at colleges and universities, retreat centers, and festivals.  A partial list includes the Kennedy Center Summer Education Institute, The Swannanoa Gathering, Boston’s Summer Acoustic Music Week (SAMW), the People’s Music Network, and the Southeastern Unitarian Universalist Summer Institute (SUUSI).

For more information, contact Susan Lounsbury at Loyd Artists www.loydartists.com

Phone: 518-647-5916   

OTHER MUSICAL COLLABORATIONS

Deeper Than the Skin: A Musical Presentation on Race

Artistic colleagues and collaborators for over 30 years, Reggie Harris and Greg Greenway use story and song to share a dialog that has led them past racial divisions into a deep and abiding friendship. Born 3 days apart with diverse beginnings, their remarkable pilgrimage has yielded an uplifting presentation geared to all audiences (12 years and up). This interactive concert/conversation is an affirmation that a more perfect union begins with each of us taking individual responsibility for positive change. An open “Q and A” is part of each performance. To learn more, go to https://deeperthantheskin.com

Long Time Comin': Scott Ainslie & Reggie Harris in Concert

This staged musical dialog between folk and blues performers Scott Ainslie and Reggie Harris is a soulfully distilled perspective on American roots music history. Inspired by Sam Cooke’s remarkable song “A Change is Gonna Come,” this journey through song seamlessly weaves together spirituals, songs of the Underground Railroad, Civil Rights anthems, work and slave songs, blues, and personal material into a collaborative history of the quest for freedom in America. Complete with a teaching guid for school audiences. For booking information, contact Susan Lounsbury at Loyd Artists  518-647-5916  or  susan@loydartists.com