“When you feel life is filled with good, you’ll see, that we’re in Heaven now”. Lyrics from Harland Allen’s song “Heaven Now” Harland Allen's unique style is the result of a lifetime of musical influence from Hank Williams to Cat Stevens. Harland’s original songs combine his genuine unpretentious lyrics and mellow vocals, with his amazing guitar playing, for a blend that is unique, exciting and heart warming. His songs resonate with feeling, compassion, and zest for life. Harland has a beautiful baritone voice with a near two octave vocal range (well beyond two octaves when singing falsetto) and an old style country / rockabilly guitar playing style. He’s been a professional musician and entertainer since 1977. At that time he performed songs by artists like James Taylor, Cat Stevens and The Eagles along with his favorite country and folk songs. Since then he has performed as a soloist, in duos, trios and in four and five piece bands. The cover songs he plays range from James Taylor and Cat Stevens to Hank Williams and Jimmie Rodgers.
You’ve seen him on South Dakota Public Television’s “No Cover No Minimum”, heard him on South Dakota Public Radio “In the Moment” program. His original song “Dear Child” received air time in the UK and was the inspirational song of the month on KCMR radio in Mason City, Iowa. His music was inducted into the South Dakota Country Music Hall of Fame in 2016.
He has been on tour through Wyoming, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, New Mexico, Iowa, Minnesota, and Wisconsin. Harland has opened up for chart topping country artists you know and love. Along with numerous festivals, concerts, county fairs and special events, Harland has performed in Cheyenne, Wyoming at Cheyenne Frontier Days, at Wild Bill Days in Deadwood, South Dakota, the Iowa State Fair, Nebraska State Fair, Harley Davidson of Rapid City, South Dakota and the annual Harley Davidson motorcycle rally in Wisconsin.
Born in Missoula, Montana and raised in Lakewood, Colorado he now lives in the Black Hills of South Dakota.
Actor, Harland Allen In 2012 Harland started pursuing a career in acting. Since then he has had several acting roles including a web series, local and state television commercials including speaking roles for the South Dakota State Lottery. His film acting includes being cast as "Gene" in the short film "Hikethemovie" / “Walter’s Return”, cast as Larry Belasco in “Never Been To Graceland" and he played Shack Kazinski in "The Long Look Back".