Just hours before up-and-coming country artist Kylie Rae Harris passed away in a three-car pileup on September 4, she took to Instagram to have a heart-to-heart with her fans.
According to Harris, she had just made the 12-hour trek in her car to Taos, New Mexico, where she was preparing to perform at a music festival this weekend. As Harris explained to her fans, the last leg of her trip brought tears to her eyes because of all of the childhood memories being in Taos brings back to her personally.
She began by saying in a series of videos posted to her Instagram story:
“Alright, I look a mess ‘cause I’ve been crying. It’s okay though. It’s a good cry. I just got to Taos, New Mexico. I’m playing this festival here called “The Big Barn Dance.” I love this festival.
For those of you who don’t know. I spent the last 20 years of my life coming to Taos with my dad and my sister. My grandparents lived here, my uncle still lives here. But basically, literally, everybody who was here passed away, except for my uncle, and including my dad.”
“And…I’m gonna cry, God…I’m sorry Instagram. But like driving these roads today, you would think, I’ve been driving for almost 12 hours and you would think that’s so exhausting and boring. But the last couple of hours of driving through the mountains and just remembering my place in the backseat as a little kid when my dad was making these treks here. I’m so blessed and I started getting really sad. I started getting real sad and then all of a sudden these random cowsshow up in the middle of the road. And it might sound really crazy but there was this time, it was something we always talked about with my dad and my sister, I was in the backseat asleep, I was like 10 or 12, and we hit something really hard. And I like popped up and I was like, ‘What was that?’ And my dad said, ‘Cow guard.’ But really he had hit a cow. I know that’s very depressing. But just the fact that as I was on my trek through the mountains and I started crying and I was sad, then all of a sudden these cows appeared out of nowhere.”
As Harris talked about one of her childhood memories, it seemed as though the singer took seeing the cows as a sign from her late father.
However, as Billboard reports, shortly after posting to her Instagram story, Harris was involved in a three-car collision. According to reports, Harris and a 16-year-old, who was in a separate vehicle, passed away as a result of the accident. The third driver reportedly was not injured in the crash.
It remains unclear why the accident occurred. Harris was just 30 years old.
A representative for Harris released this statement to Billboard confirming Harris’ passing:
“We are heartbroken to confirm that Kylie Rae Harris passed away 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.”
Harris leaves behind a 6-year-old daughter, Corbie.
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The little girl I wrote “Twenty Years From Now” about finishes Kindergarten tomorrow. Today she was awarded “The Canary Award” for always singing or humming. I’m proud of both of us. We’re a good team, and we’s good people trying (most of the time) to be the very best reflection of our inner-selves. The ones God intended us to be…
According to Billboard, in March of this year, Harris wrote a song for her daughter called “Twenty Years From Now.” The song is about parents getting to see their children grow into adults.
Harris, who lost her father to cancer, said of the song:
“It scared me thinking that it was totally possible I could be gone before my daughter reaches that point. 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.”
You can listen to the song below:
Editor’s Note: This article has been edited to report Harris’ daughter’s age accurately.