Country music songwriter and performer Kylie Rae Harris, who has tragically died in a car crash in New Mexico, leaves behind a 6-year-old daughter. Harris constantly talked about her family and, in fact, she did so in the last hours of her life while she drove to Taos.
Investigators said 30-year-old Kylie Rae Harris, and an unnamed 16-year-old girl died at the scene around 9 p.m., the Taos News reported. Another driver was uninjured. Everyone involved was wearing seat belts, investigators announced.
The singer, who was from Wylie, TX near Dallas, shared an Instagram story Wednesday about her childhood memories of New Mexico. Hours later, Kylie Rae Harris died there!
Harris was on her way to Taos, where she was programmed to perform at the Big Barn Dance Music Festival on Thursday. Police states hold was an effective factor in the car crash, but they haven’t published which of the three drivers was drinking.
Her publicist confirmed the tragic news to Billboard, issuing a statement that read, “We are heartbroken to confirm that Kylie Rae Harris died in a car accident last night. We have no further details to share and ask for privacy for her family at this time. Everyone that knew Kylie knew how much she loved her family and, beyond that, how much she loved music. The best tribute to her unmatched enthusiasm for both is to spread as much love as you can today, and listen to music that fully inspires you.”
In her Instagram story, Harris said visiting Taos was hard because family members who lived there when she was a child had died, CBS describes. “Driving these roads today, I have been driving for almost 12 hours and you would think that’s so exhausting and boring but the last couple of hours driving through the mountains and just remembering my place in the backseat as a little kid … I started getting really sad and then all of a sudden these random cows show up in the middle of the road,” she wrote.
Harris is survived by her 6-year-old child. Festival organizer Sarah Hearne says musicians will be applying their performances this weekend to Harris, whose job “was just ready to take off.” “They’re going to play their hearts out. That’s what she would have wanted,” Hearne says.
However, Harris’ friends and peers in the Texas country music scene and beyond honored her on Thursday upon news of her death.
She said in her somber Instagram story: “I’m alright, I look a mess. It’s because I’ve been crying. It’s okay, though. It’s a good cry. I just got to Taos, New Mexico. And I’m playing this festival here… Literally, everybody that was here has passed away, except for my uncle, and including my dad.” She started to cry. She continued, “I’m sorry Instagram.”
“Driving these roads today, I’ve been driving for 12 hours, you would think that’s so exhausting and boring. But like the last couple hours driving through the mountains and just remembering my place in the back seat like a little kid when my dad was making these treks here, and I started getting really sad. I started to get really sad, and then all of a sudden these random cows like showed up in the middle of the road…” She remembered when she was in the backseat at age 10 or 12 riding with her dad and sister and they hit something “really hard.” They hit a cow, and it was a story they always told.
“I know it’s very depressing… I just started crying and I was sad and all of a suddenly these cows appeared out of nowhere. We grieve differently,” she said.
This story is the last memory he left for his lovers. A few hours after this story, he joined his family.
Harris’ self-titled album was published earlier this year. She wrote the song “Twenty Years From Now” for her girl, Corbie, about how not everyone gets to know their parents when they are adults.
Ms. Harris said Billboard that she wrote the song after her father’s death to cancer and hoped it would be a lasting message to her own daughter.
“It scared me thinking that it was totally possible I could be gone before my daughter reaches that point,” she told the publication. “I want to meet my kid’s kids. Getting to the age your parents were when you were a child brings a whole lot of perspective.”
She added: “Parents are people. People make mistakes and being a parent is hard. I’m not always going to make the right choices, but I hope that when Corbie gets older she’ll see that they were all made with love and the best of intentions.”
What she feared happened to her and left her daughter in a tragedy!
On September 4, 2019, at 3:05 p.m., she used her iPhone to tweet: “Fuel range is 46 miles and I’m 36 from the nearest gas station. Dear baby Jesus please don’t let me get stranded in NM.” Here’s the tweet:
” We all loved you so much. I can’t process it right now. It will always be an honor to have shared stages with you, and stories, and good times. Sad day for us,” wrote singer Josh Ward. “Sending thoughts and prayers out to all who grieve with us on such a devastating loss.”
“I fell in love with your soul and you became a life long friend from the moment I met you,” singer Lauren Jenkins added. “This doesn’t feel real. I’m completely heartbroken.”
Kylie’s Instagram posts are now Painful to read. Three weeks ago, she wrote, “Big week ahead! The kiddo starts 1st grade on Thursday, and then I’m off to the hill country for another weekend of full band shows. Make sure to catch one :)”
In a recent video, she wrote that she sang Sheryl Crow songs with her 6-year-old daughter. “Thanks to all who came out and made Corbie feel like a Star, 🌟” she wrote in the caption. On Corbie’s 5th birthday, Kylie wrote, “my free-spirited golden child! 🌞”
Corbie’s dad is Jeremy Joe Watkins, of Oklahoma, according to Daily Mail. There were legal filings between Kylie and Jeremy for child support and custody.
Saving Country Music said that Kylie Rae Harris was a “mother, designer, and one of the most revered songwriters, performers, and women of Texas country music.” She leaves behind a daughter. “Music has always been in me,” Kyle Rae Harris once said, according to Saving Country Music. “I have to do it. This is all or nothing for me. I’m going to be writing and singing music the rest of my life whether I’m broke or not so I might as well go for it.”