Will Harper Earn The Title of ‘AGT’s Most Surprising Kid Singer?
Harper is set to take the America’s Got Talent stage during the third set of auditions this season. Although pictures show the singer as a cute little girl, Simon Cowell’s behind the scenes commentary hints that she is way more than that.
Before the America’s Got Talent auditions began, the judges sat down with Kelly Clarkson about what’s to come on season 17. Included in the conversation was the talk of which acts are the most terrifying to take the stage. Cowell began by explaining a father daughter act on poles (most likely sway poles) that went horribly wrong, then went on to talk about a little girl.
“The second most terrifying was a girl who was ten years old. I won’t give it away but I thought she was very sweet until she started to sing and I actually called for a priest,” Cowell said. “It was like the exorcist.”
While Cowell never gave away the identity of the singer, many assume that it is Harper. This ten year old girl has previously gone viral on YouTube for her heavy metal cover of “Holy Roller” by Spiritbox. For those who may not be familiar with this song, this little girls cover embodies it perfectly.
Since her rendition was so on the nose, The Youtube video gained over 200,000 views and over 1,000 comments. The majority of the comments on the video are talking about how the singer has a great screaming technique at such a young age. People are considering her to be “a young metal prodigy.”
Since earning YouTube virality, Harper has continued to release other covers on her page. One cover includes her step dad, Ben Lumber. Lumber is a vocalist for the post-hardcore United Kingdom band, Acres. Even though Harper is mostly known for her screaming, she is also heard singing in her late 2021 videos. It’s clear that she’s insanely talented in both singing formats.
Soon after her viral video, Harper began working with Melissa Cross on vocal techniques. For those who don’t know, screaming can destroy your vocal chords if not done correctly. All of Harper’s vocals have not been edited in her videos.
How Harper Began Music, A Single on The Rise
Harper has explained that she began posting music online from the influence of Lumber. One day he had her listen to a song and sing along to it. He showed the recording of her to his friends/bandmates, who told him to publish it on YouTube. This young singer lists Eminem and Spiritbox as her main musical influences.
This young singer is currently working on her first project, a single. She explained that Lumber had Chris Wiseman (from the metal band Currents) record the instrumentals for the song, while he helped his step daughter with vocals and lyrics. Harper is very excited for everyone to hear her first single.
While Harper was in Los Angeles for America’s Got Talent, she also had the opportunity to meet Spiritbox. Within Harper’s video, she signed lead singer Courtney LaPlante’s shoe, while LaPlante signed hers. Although the YouTube video didn’t show too much of their hangout, Harper has revealed that she’ll see the group again in London this month.
Tune into America’s Got Talent on Tuesday night to see if Harper makes it through to the next round.