A popular if unscientific precept is that you get really, really good at something once you’ve spent at least 10,000 hours doing it. Jaimee Harris likely blew past that benchmark in her early 20s.
Harris, our Austin360 Artist of the Month for June, grew up in Waco and started writing songs in her teens. Her first live performances were in duo Better Off Dad (yes, with her dad) when she was 12.
Harris moved to Austin in November 2009, lured by the city’s rich talent pool of songwriters. She was in town for a visit when a friend made a compelling case for her to relocate.
"He spent two hours preaching to me on why I should move to Austin," she recalls. "He was like, ‘All your heroes are here.’ This was the closing argument: ‘There’s a club down the street where James McMurtry plays twice a week for less than 10 dollars.’ I moved here five days later."
Read more about Harris, who’s about to release her first full-length record, in a story on our premium website.