Corey Harris,born in Denver,Colorado to parents from Texas and Kentucky.He is a guitarist,vocalist,songwriter who has carved out his own niche in blues.A powerful singer and accomplished guitarist,he has appeared at venues throughout the North America,Europe,Brazil,The Caribbean,West Africa,Asia,Australia and New Zealand.He began his career as a New Orleans street singer,travelling throughout the southern U.S.In his early twenties he lived in Cameroon,West Africa for a year, which had a profound effect on his later work.He has recorded many old songs of the blues tradition while creating an original vision of the blues by adding influences from reggae,soul,rock and West African music.
His 1995 recording,Between Midnight and Day,is a tribute to the tradition of acoustic blues.Other albums,such as Greens From the Garden(1999),Mississippi to Mali(2003),Daily Bread(2005),show Harris' maturation from interpreter to songwriter.Some of his imaginative compositions are marked by a deliberate eclecticism; other works stay true to the traditional blues formula of compelling vocals and down-home guitar.With one foot in tradition and the other in contemporary experimentation, Harris is a truly unique voice in contemporary music.
He has performed, recorded, and toured with many of the top names in music such as BB King, Taj Mahal, Buddy Guy, Henry Butler, R.L.Burnside, John Jackson, Ali Farka Toure, Dave Mattews Band, Tracy Chapman, Olu Dara, Wilco, Natalie Merchant,and others.
His additional recordings include Fish Ain't Bitin' (1996), Vu-Du Menz (with Henry Butler, 2000), Downhome Sophisticate (2002), and Zion Crossroads (2007),blu black(2010),DC Blues (2010),Father Sun & Mother Earth(2011), Fulton Blues (2013).
In 2003 Harris was a featured artist and narrator of the Martin Scorcese film, "Feel Like Going Home," which traced the evolution of blues from West Africa to the southern U.S.In 2007 Corey won the MacArthur Fellowship Award and was granted an Honorary Doctor of Music degree from Bates College.