TRINITY RIVER BAND
Celebrating their 10th Anniversary!
Originally known as the Harris Family, Trinity River Band is made up of Dad Michael (Guitar, Vocals), Mom Lisa (Bass, Vocals), Daughter Sarah (Mandolin, Lead Vocals), Son Joshua (Banjo, Dobro, Vocals), and Daughter Brianna (Fiddle, Vocals). They trace their beginning to their first public performance together in their home church in May 2007 in the pine forests of northeast Florida.
After that humble beginning and without knowing where it might lead, TRB worked hard and prayed harder, striving to improve and pay their dues in a tough industry while staying true to their beliefs and to each other. These were years of learning their craft, making better recordings with each passing year, slowly meeting people, gaining experience and developing a devoted following locally, then regionally.
Ultimately in 2011, after a traditional Harris family meeting around the dinner table combined with much prayer, the band felt God’s calling to pursue a full-time music career performing both gospel and secular music, wherever He led them. They made the special promise to themselves and the Lord that they would strive to be the same people no matter where they were, in church or on a festival stage, that they would not hide their light under a basket.
It seems the correct decision was made that night! Trinity River Band will celebrate their 10th Anniversary in 2017 as the most successful, all- in-one-family bluegrass band of the last 6 years! Their last three studio albums have been met with critical acclaim and practical success, with 11 songs out of 34 from the three albums reaching the respected Bluegrass Today Top 20 Charts for a total of a mind-blowing 60 weeks!
This amazing run started with the title cut to their 2014 album Better
Than Blue, a song penned by the great Larry Cordle and co-writer Lisa Shaffer, that cracked the top 5 at #4. Off that same album, came the beautiful gospel song ‘A Sinner’s Prayer,” written by the incredible songwriters Brink Brinkman and Paula Breedlove, which was TRB’s first song to appear on the Singing News Top 50 Bluegrass Gospel Chart.
The band followed up with Heartstrings released in May 2015. The album spent 6 months on Sirius XM Radio Bluegrass Junction’s Most Played Albums with 3 songs also charting on the station’s Most Played Tracks. A total of four tracks from Heartstrings charted on the Bluegrass Today Top 20 including their monster hit of the Reba cover song “How Blue.”
In 2016, the band released Things We Do For Dreams. The first single release, “Come Back Train” written by Grammy winner Jerry Salley and Cassidy Lynn Alexander, became Trinity River Band’s first #1 song; ultimately spending six weeks in the top 5 on the Bluegrass Today Top 20 Chart.
In addition to their musical exploits, the Trinity River Band has ventured into television, with appearances on The Dugger Mountain Show which airs on the Heartland Network (formerly the Nashville Network) and Daytime the nationally syndicated morning show seen by over 3 million viewers a week! TRB has already filmed an upcoming appearance on Song of the Mountains which will air on numerous PBS stations in early summer of 2017.
Nominations and Awards have followed the successful recordings and performances as well. Sarah Harris is not only the lead singer, but also the “Lead Award Getter” for the band as she has become known for an incredible voice (described as “angelic” by the Multi-Grammy Award-Winning Artist and Producer, Carl Jackson). As well as being a two-time IBMA Momentum Award Nominee for Vocalist of the Year, she
was officially inducted into the “Daughters of Bluegrass” in 2015, one of the last two inductees personally approved by the late Miss Dixie Hall.
In addition, Sarah won her first individual award in 2015 when Strictly Country Magazine, the host of the fan-voted Spirit Awards, honored her with the Spirit of Christmas Award for her original song, “This Christmas.” The band also won its first award the same year when the publication named Trinity River Band’s song, “A Sinner’s Prayer” the Song of the Year.
Many special events have occurred over the years, too, including headlining the very first Willie’s Duck Jam, for Willie Robertson of Duck Dynasty fame, performing for charity events and organizations such as Rodeheaver Boys Ranch and the Justice Coalition, along with numerous performances and interviews on SiriusXM Radio’s Bluegrass Junction and WSM 650am – the Country Music Radio Station of the 20th Century and home of the Grand Ole Opry.
Trinity River Band is not content to rest on their laurels just yet however, and are looking forward to an exciting and eventful 2017 as their schedule will be taking them all over the country for their summer tour. This means they don’t spend much time at home in Florida, but as they say, “That’s just the things we do for dreams!”