Bio

A Veteran in the Arts arena in St. Louis, Missouri, sultry songstress and performing artist Peggy Neely Harris represents more than mere talent. A petite fireball with two Inspirational CD's, Peggy is an inspirational force making a difference in people’s lives of all ages.  

 

Peggy earned a certificate from The Lincoln Center Institute Juilliard School in New York City.  She's a featured actress In a Warner Brothers film American Streetballers, and was a film Stand-In for King of the Hill movie, and an Extra for Unsolved Mysteries series.  She has done countless commercials, VO's and cameos.  

Peggy's most treasured service was a 49-day European tour with the U.S. Department of Defense as a Motown singer.  She has opened for and participated in events featuring icons such as Dr. Maya Angelou, Burt Lancaster, Clark Sisters and more! In addition, Peggy was a cover model for STL Black Pages directory and the site brochure for the Missouri Dept. of Conservation at Powder Valley Nature Center.

Peggy earned a BA in Communications from UMSL, and works as a Drama Teaching Specialist for various schools and youth organizations along with private coaching. Besides being a performer, Peggy has been an Actress/Instructor with the Muny 1st Stage, COCA, Springboard to Learning and History Museum Theater Companies. She has taught playwriting skills and was an Arts Mentor for Viva Vox; a program for at-risk teens.

 

In 2006, Peggy received a Griot award from the St. Louis Griot Museum of Black History for her one woman show “Rhythms, Rhymes and Cultural Times for the Past Ten Years”.  In 2012, Peggy was nominated for the Who’s Who in Black St. Louis as a Community Leader for offering endless support.

Peggy's artistic influences comes from her blended family of eighteen siblings. Her grandfather, Walter Ruff was a Big Band Musician and is a featured trumpet player in the National Geographic Bi-Centennial Edition in 1976 along with his friend, Count Basie.