Syd Harkreader
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Syd Harkreader

Houston, Texas, United States | SELF

Houston, Texas, United States | SELF
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"Syd Harkreader"

"Fresh singer-songwriter ignites the crowd." - Houston Chronicle

"Syd Harkreader"

Syd Harkreader is a new talent emerging from the great Houston music scene that has what it takes to be a superstar. She's young, writes amazing songs, has the support of family and a growing legion of fans, and is a very determined hard worker. - The Red Pub Magazine

"29-95 Music in Houston"

"Pop-rock singer-songwriter sensitive-girlrock fans: Sydney Harkreader will perform her lovely songs."- Sara Cress - Sara Cress

"Houstonist- Ol' Samuel's Music Emporium, Vol. V"

Sydney's a local songwriter who's tunes bring to mind Kate Nash, Regina Spektor, apple pie, and kittens. Well, for us at least. Maybe this is what Chan Marshall would sound like on Prozac. It's definitely pretty. -Marc Brubaker - Marc Brubaker


Still working on that hot first release.



Born in Houston, TX and raised along the gulf coast, Syd Harkreader grew up in several small towns with her parents and 5 younger siblings. Her exposure to music was limited to radio time in the car, as neither of her parents were musicians. With no musical instruments lying about the house or stacks of records at her disposal, she set her sights on other things. "As a kid, I used to say I wanted to be a tummy doctor. Sure, I sang to my hair brush in the mirror and tried to dance like Brittney Spears, but I never thought music would actually turn into a career for me someday, I just dreamed it would," she admits. Syd listened to Backstreet Boys, Shania Twain, George Strait, Christina Aguilera, and The Dixie Chicks as a young girl.

Syd describes her childhood as "very protected" and out of the ordinary. "I have amazing parents. They are very loving people. I was raised with strong moral values that have worked to my advantage, more times than not." At age 10, she and her family moved to a new town where she struggled to fit in at the junior high school. She reminisces, "my pale skin and freckles were so uncool. I got left out of parties and sleepovers. Boys never payed much attention to me at dances. It was a hard time for me, but I look back at that experience and realize how that rejection prepared me for something much bigger than I was aware of. I know how to wear my armor now."

After moving to, yet, another new school at age 14, Syd became involved in the band programs at her high school. Two years later, she took her first step into a choir room. "I needed to fill a spot in my class schedule. The counselor gave me the option of taking Home Economics with a notoriously strict teacher, or Choir. So... I chose Choir." On her first day of class, she sang a few notes for the teacher and discovered her pretty voice and unusually high range. Consequently, she began to focus on what music had in store for her, or rather, what she had in store for music.

She began playing piano at age 16 and, shortly after that, received a used guitar as a gift from her father, "He bought it from a woman who used to sing with Willie Nelson. So I thought, 'well, I better get to writing some songs.'" A few days after receiving the guitar, Syd wrote her first song, "I was 16 and in love with a guy who was all wrong for me. He was the bad boy. One of the best things that came from my relationship with him was all the song inspiration he gave me." She began practicing and writing songs as a part of her daily schedule, producing 60+ songs within a year.

Syd started performing at local restaurants and festivals, honing her skills on stage and drawing in crowds. She expanded her bank of musical influences, listening to acoustic singer-songwriters, pop acts, and grunge bands. "I became a huge fan of 90's grunge bands and decided to hang up my acoustic guitar for an electric one. The urge to rock out was just too strong." After graduating high school, she enrolled in a community college. "I graduated [high school] with honors and could've gone to any big university, but I felt like I needed to focus on music outside of school. After a few weeks of college, I dropped out and decided to become a rock star. I just knew something wasn't right about me sitting behind that desk."

She decided to live at home with her parents, home-school her 4 younger siblings, and spend the rest of her time preparing to be the next big thing. Her father became her manager and started accompanying her on trips to Houston to perform at open mics, book gigs, and make contacts. She quickly caught the attention of and received praise from venue owners, established local musicians, and the press. "I'm so grateful for my experiences during that time- performing and meeting a lot of great musicians, but I eventually started to feel like I was out-growing the opportunities. My goal isn't to be a star in Houston; I want to reach people all over the world."

Currently, 20-year-old Syd is focused on refining her image and searching for people to add to her team. "There has never been an artist who's given to people what I'm going to give them."