The Allan Harris Band

The Allan Harris Band

 New York City, New York, USA
BandJazzBlues

Our sound is like the country side of Nat Cole sitting in with Ray Charles with Steely Dan as the rhythm section.

Biography

Allan Harris is a world-class singer, guitarist and songwriter. Perhaps best known for his interpretations of jazz standards, Allan’s smooth vocals and guitar-styling easily cross genres, from jazz to rock to blues.

Tony Bennett calls Allan "my favorite singer" and The New York Times' Stephen Holden raves about "the protean talent that is Allan Harris." Allan has cultivated a global following, playing for packed audiences and receiving outstanding reviews throughout the United States, Europe, Russia and the Far East. A three-time winner of the New York Nightlife Award for "Outstanding Jazz Vocalist,” Allan is regularly featured at the world’s great music festivals, e.g. Jazz Aspen, Wien Jazz Festival in Austria and the Umbria Jazz Festival in Italy.

Allan’s artistry transcends his diverse vocal performances. He has composed “Cross That River,” a full-scale musical celebrating the Old West as told through the words and music of a black cowboy, and has received a prestigious Chamber Music America Grant for that work. The theatrical production of “Cross That River” played to rave reviews during the 2009 New York Musical Theater Festival and is currently in pre-production for a long-term run in early 2011. Several original songs from “Cross That River” are also frequently featured in The Allan Harris Band’s concert performances.

In addition to music, Allan is passionate about giving back. He is a long-time supporter of the Children’s Miracle Network (helping to raise funds for children’s hospitals), and has performed many times alongside Vince Gill and Amy Grant at the Challenge Aspen Gala, an annual charity concert/golf tournament to benefit military service people who have sustained disabilities.

As a Gibson Guitar featured artist, Allan and Ruby (his constant 4 lb. canine companion and the first dog music critic) can frequently be found rehearsing at the Gibson Hit Factory, and along with The Allan Harris Band, enjoy playing the top music clubs in his hometown of New York City.

Lyrics

I Do Believe

Written By: Allan Harris

I HAVE LOOKED INTO THOSE FACES
OF ALL MY FELLOW MEN,
AND I'VE SEEN THE SPARK OF HOPE AND JOY
AS WE SETTLED THIS GREAT LAND.
LIKE ME, THEY SEARCH WITHIN THEIR HEARTS AND
SOULS
AND FOUND A SINGLE TRUTH.
WE HAVE BUILT THIS LAND ON DREAMS FOR ME AND
YOU.

FROM ACROSS THOSE BIG BLUE WATERS,
THEY'VE TRAVELED HARD AND LONG.
SOME WERE SEEKING NEW BEGINNINGS,
SOME WERE TORN FROM FAMILY'S ARMS.
ALL THE TEARS THAT WET THIS SOIL
WERE SHED WITH SWEAT AND BLOOD.
NOW TOGETHER WE MUST NURTURE
THIS PLACE, AMERICA.

I DO BELIEVE AMERICA
IT SHINES IT'S LIGHT SO TRUE
I DO BELIEVE TOGETHER
THERE'S NOTHING WE CAN'T DO.
I DO BELIEVE THE BELLS OF FREEDOM
RING FROM SHORE TO SHORE
I DO BELIEVE AMERICA'S MY HOME.

AS I RIDE ACROSS THIS FRONTIER
I THINK OF ALL THE FOLKS I'VE SEEN.
THE COWPUNCHERS AND THE MINERS
FOLKS IN FACTORIES IN THE EAST.
THE SOUTHERN BOYS WHO'VE STRUGGLED
TO LIFT THEIR HEADS UP HIGH
AND REBUILD THE LAND THAT THEY ONCE LOVED

BLACK AND WHITE, NOW SIDE BY SIDE.
I DO BELIEVE AMERICA
IT SHINES IT'S LIGHT SO TRUE.

Hold You

Written By: Allan Harris

Baby you stepped from my car
and when the moonlight hit you
I lost all composure
And I promise from now on
That you're above the rest
And I will make it my life's quest to

Hold you
Each and every day of the week
I'm gonna love you
in ways that we can only speak of
in soft whispers
When we are alone I'm gonna
Hold you
and tell you what you mean to me
I'm gonna love you
and do the things that make you scream
in soft whispers
When we are alone together

Many times I thought I knew
That I had found a true love
I guess I've been fooled
Since I've met you I'm just walking on air
I'll make this promise to you
and lord knows baby I will swear to

Hold you
Each and every day of the week
I'm gonna love you
in ways that we can only speak of
in soft whispers
When we are alone I'm gonna
Hold you
and tell you what you mean to me
I'm gonna love you
and do the things that make you scream
in soft whispers
When we are alone together

Now the time has come
and all the stars are lined up right
I've turned off my phone
and put some champagne on ice
We'll lay on my bed
I'll reach out my hands to you
So baby throw open your gown
let your hair down
Let's make our dreams come true
I'm gonna hold you

Discography

Cross That River - Americana
Cry of the Thunderbird - Americana
Setting the Standard - Jazz
The Songs of Strayhorn - Jazz
Long Live the King - Jazz

Set List

Can't Live My Life Without You
The Color of a Woman is Blue
Open Up (Your Mind)
Inner Fear
There She Goes
Fly Me to the Moon
Cross That River
Blue Was Angry
Bring Him Home
Black Coffee Blues
I Do Believe