Country singer and songwriter Kylie Rae Harris died in a three-car accident Wednesday night in New Mexico.
Investigators said Harris, 30, and an unidentified 16-year-old girl died at the scene around 9 p.m., the Taos News reported. A third driver was uninjured. Everyone involved was wearing seat belts, investigators said.
“We are heartbroken to confirm that Kylie Rae Harris passed away in a car accident last night,” Harris’ publicist told Billboard. “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’ self-titled album was released earlier this year. She wrote the song “Twenty Years From Now” for her daughter, Corbie, about how not everyone gets to know their parents when they are adults.
“It scared me thinking that it was totally possible I could be gone before my daughter reaches that point,” she told Billboard in March. “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."
Harris was driving to New Mexico to perform at Michael Hearne's Big Barn Dance Music Festival.
“Fuel range is 46 miles and I’m 36 from the nearest gas station,” she tweeted Wednesday afternoon. “Dear baby Jesus please don’t let me get stranded in (New Mexico).”