SPRINGFIELD, Mo — You may remember the story of Matt and Andrea Harp: We met these 1st time parents in 2016 after Andrea have birth to twins only 24-weeks into her pregnancy.
Alex and Ainsley spent months in the Kansas City NICU, and when mom ran out of PTO, it was her co-workers that stepped up, donating time of their own.
The girls just celebrated their 3rd birthday in July.
“We thank God every day for all of the time we get to have with them,” said Andrea. “They have taught us so much about what they are capable of doing.”
Alex battles cerebral palsy, affecting her motor skills and coordination. Birthing complications also left her with a paralyzed vocal cord.
“When they were born, they had a lot of needs and required a lot of care. It ties me to the house a lot,” said Matt.
It was the perfect captive audience for a dad passionate about music.
Matt explains that “during that time, I still wanted to play music, so I turned inward and started writing more.”
His debut album, Legacy, launched in July.
“Since Andrea is sitting next to me, I’ll say my (favorite track on the album) is Andrea’s Song,” he laughed.
Andrea followed, “that was a trick question!”
“I actually wrote this song years before we got married,” said Matt. “I recorded just a snippet of it, and played it as she walked down the aisle at our wedding. That’s the most special song for me because it means a lot to us.”
Matt named the album Legacy after his family. He says he wants to leave a lasting impression for years to come.
You can hear segments of Matt’s music on the KOLR10 News Podcast, which is published every single day. It’s a great way to hear the news, weather, and in-depth interviews.
Find the podcast on iTunes or anywhere else you get your podcasts.