Canby's Harms receives music 'Hall' honor
Joni Harms was recently inducted into the International Western Music Association's Hall of Fame on Nov. 13 in Albuquerque, New Mexico during the organization's annual conference and awards show.
Harms, from Canby, was a member of the class of 2020 Hall of Fame Inductees, but Covid-19 kept the organization from holding its annual awards show and inducting the Class of 2020.
Harms was also presented with the organization's Entertainer of the Year award.
"What a great feeling it is to be inducted into the Western Music Hall of Fame," Harms said. "I will do my best to live up to this honor."
Of her new title as Entertainer of the Year, Harms said, "I am still pinching myself to believe that I won Entertainer of the Year at the IWMA awards. I know going along with this honor goes setting an example for others to follow. I truly do love the music business and all the hard work that goes with it, and I will do my very best to show new young artists how it's done. A big thanks to all who voted for me.
"Not only was that an amazing surprise but my daughter Olivia was the one to present the award to me. Believe me, it was a night I will never forget, and I thank you all from the bottom of my heart," she added.
Harms has had a month of awards, as she was inducted into the Western Swing Society Hall of Fame at the association's annual ceremony in October in Rancho Cordova, California. The Hall of Fame honors musical artists and other related individuals who have been outstanding contributors to the field of Western Swing.
Harms is already planning a busy 2022, with bookings beginning Jan. 13-16 at the 100th anniversary of WESA (Western and English Sales Association) in Dallas, where she and daughter Olivia will perform for several of their sponsors. January 19-23 Joni and Olivia will participate in seminars and perform at The Art of the Cowgirl at the Horseshoe Park Equestrian Center in Queen Creek, Arizona near Phoenix. The event celebrates, gathers and connects western women around horses and western art.
Joni Harms lives in Canby on the Century Farm that was homesteaded by her great-great-grandfather in 1872.
"This place has inspired many of my songs and I think they truly represent who I am and what is important to me," the singer/songwriter said.
Harms most recent album, "Lucky 13," received much critical acclaim. "Lucky 13" was recorded in Ireland with producer Des Sheerin.
The singer graced the cover of the WMA magazine after the album release and was featured in an issue of "Woman's World" magazine and on a "Jesus Calling" podcast. She has performed on several RFD television shows and has guested on a number of radio shows.
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