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May 19, 2013

Katrina Elam shares background on AI’s Kree’s new single 'All Cried Out'

DUNCAN — Moments after American Idol 2013 season 12’s Kree Harrison finished performing her new single, “All Cried Out” during the finale show Thursday, a former Bray resident let her friends know just how proud she was of the moment.

“Shameless self promotion, I know, but really proud to have been a part of this song and mesmerized by Kree’s beautiful voice!” shared Katrina Elam on her personal Facebook page.

Not long after that post, she shared with The Banner the details behind the song.

“The Idol (single) is a song I wrote with Gordie Sampson and Steve McEwan a few years ago,” she said. “I didn’t find out Kree was going to do it until last week.”

Elam, 29, who is married and has a little boy, has been an independent artist for a few years now, after leaving Universal South Records in 2008. She originally signed with Universal in 2004. An undeniable voice and charm, Elam’s “No End in Sight” hit No. 29 on the Billboard country chart.

Recently, she signed with Words&Music to handle her administration work, including collecting royalties.

Elam has been mostly quiet since going independent, but has many Billboard hits to her credit, including “I Want a Cowboy” released as a Reba single; “Flat on the Floor” known to many as a Carrie Underwood hit; and in 2011, “Easy” by Rascal Flatts.

The Kree single, even though Kree was not the winner of this year’s season, isn’t the only thing Elam has in common with the show. Elam toured with Keith Urban in 2004; and then toured with Rascal Flatts.

Those closest to Elam have long known her ability to produce winning hits and her love for writing. Yet, it was her voice that catapulted her into local stardom. Elam began performing with the local Snakeriver (Marlow) Gunfighters, and when she was 9 years old, performed in the county 4-H Talent Show.

As for the latest song, she’s ecstatic that Kree is singing it.

“Apparently it will be released as a single regardless of her winning or losing,” she said Thursday. “She’s such a great singer. I’m so happy to have her first single!”

And Kree isn’t bashful about telling the world who the songwriters of her first single are. Interviews and articles are already referencing her quotes, which indicate she finds the song to be “100 percent” for her. Kree will perform on the stage of the Grand Ole Opry on June 4.

Gordie Sampson, a Grammy winning singer/songwriter, also posted a public shout out through Facebook, “Written by Steve McEwan, Katrina Hasanoglu and myself ... let’s all hope Kree knocks it out of the park on tonight’s finale.” Sampson’s credits include “Jesus, Take the Wheel” (Carrie Underwood). Also, Martina McBride, Miranda Lambert and Rascal Flatts. McEwan’s credits cross both the country and pop charts.

Even though Elam no longer lives in Oklahoma, she stays in contact with her friends, family and fans. Her fan base remains strong in Oklahoma and continues to grow.

“Thank you for thinking of me,” she said when contacted for the story.

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