Danville native Larnelle Harris to sign books March 10  

Published 9:11 am Thursday, March 1, 2018

New memoir from Hall of Fame vocalist hits No. 1 on Amazon 


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LOUISVILLE — Hall of Fame vocalist, five-time Grammy winner and Danville native Larnelle Harris will be appearing at Barnes and Noble, 801 S. Hurstbourne Parkway, in Louisville 2 p.m. March 10 to sign his new book, “Shaped Notes: How Ordinary People with Extraordinary Gifts Influenced my Life and Career.”

Co-written with Christine Schaub, critically-acclaimed author of the “Music of the Heart” book series, “Shaped Notes” became a No. 1 best-seller on Amazon just a few days after it released in early February. The memoir offers long-time fans of Harris a glimpse into the childhood and early career of one of Christian music’s most renowned vocalists. And Harris admits, at times, it was a difficult process to go through.

“There were a few tears shed through the writing process,” says Harris. “Remembering all the people who have poured into my life and how they helped me was humbling. I hope what readers take away from this book is that we all have people in our lives that we can influence for the good or for the bad. And I sometimes wonder where I would have ended up had it not been for the people who came across my path and encouraged me with their words and actions.”

Harris’ career has spanned five decades, and is still going strong. This past year, he released a compilation CD featuring two new songs. The title track, “Disturb Us, Lord”, was played on over 150 stations nationwide and appeared on the Christian Music Weekly’s National Inspirational radio chart. The music video for the song recently garnered the Gold Award for Best Music Video from the Christian Family Film Festival.

In 2018, Harris will release his first Christmas musical, based on his original song “All Year Long” from his Grammy Award-winning Christmas album. The musical was co-written with Dave Clark and Nick Robertson, and will be exclusively available through Lifeway. And though most singers think about slowing down after such a long and storied career, Harris says he is still living by the same philosophy as when he started.

“I have always prayed, ‘God, put something in my heart and then teach me how to give it away.’ And as long as He sees fit to do that, I will fulfill my end of the bargain.”