My Name Is... Frank Harritt, of Arvada

Arvada resident, songwriter, former teacher

Posted 9/12/18

My band Our band is called Conversion. We’ve been together about 10 years. We are what I call a virtual band or a studio band. We don’t go out on tour or play nightclubs, we just record music in …

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My Name Is... Frank Harritt, of Arvada

Arvada resident, songwriter, former teacher

Posted

My band

Our band is called Conversion. We’ve been together about 10 years. We are what I call a virtual band or a studio band. We don’t go out on tour or play nightclubs, we just record music in the studio. We’re a Christian rock band and we make music for all faiths and all cultures. Our message is Christian, but our music is rock, it’s reggae, it’s blues, it’s country. I come from a bluegrass, southeastern music background. I’m originally from South Carolina. When I was 15 I began playing in rock bands and bluegrass bands. I’m a very average musician. My contribution is writing. I wrote every song on our album. I know it sounds corny, but the more I started writing, I wanted it as a way to give back to God for all the gifts I’ve been given over the years. And it’s a humble not much of a gift but it’s my way of giving back. But the members of our band are really what makes this music shine. We’re all full-time employees but this is a great project for us.

The band members

Jack Moss is a dentist — that’s his day job. Jack is a phenomenal musician. He’s the star of our band. He can play any instrument and his voice is — it reminds me of Bob Dylan, but a Bob Dylan who can sing on tune. JD Hash, our lead guitarist, is originally from Louisiana. He’s a phenomenal guitarist. When you listen to the styles he plays… he can play blues, he can play rock, he can play country seamlessly. He’s one of these naturally gifted people. Our drummer is also naturally gifted, Roman Palomino. He’s phenomenal.

Our album

We released our first album on July 4 and we call it “American Psongs.” There was kind of a bigger meaning there. We want to encourage all Americans young and old to find their own American song. Everyone is uniquely gifted and collectively we can go about bringing world peace with our gifts. There’s so many ways to give back to God. We want to encourage people. We thought of the Pslams of the Bible as an inspiration.

Giving back

We give away 50 percent of all our album sales to charity. To our churches, to organizations that support the poor like the Arvada Food Bank, The Dominican Sisters Home Health Agency — they support the elderly pool, people who can’t pay medical bills. This is our way of giving back, doing something mostly for the poor and poor children in schools. We serve the high poverty schools. We wan to help provide money for books, for backpacks. These disadvantaged school don’t have the resources other schools have. This is our way to help them with food over the weekend and also classroom supplies.

My day job

My day job is with Renewal by Anderson. I’m a team trainer there. The past five years I was a teacher in low-income, high-poverty schools in Denver Public Schools. I’m still a registered guest teacher for the state of Colorado. So I can substitute teach K-12, English, science, history in any school in Colorado. However, I’ve been working part time the past few years at Renewal because as a teacher you make OK money, but not great. So I took a part time job and last summer they offered me a full-time job. So I said goodbye to teaching. I loved it. But now is a new era, new opportunity for me.

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