Marion County musician & performing artist Ms. Harriet Sims shows a family photograph in the home she shares with her mother, 100-year-old Mother Georgia Mae Sims.

R&B and Gospel Musician; Performing Artist


Ms. Harriet Sims is one of Marion County’s best-known & loved musical performers & vocalists. She grew up in Marion City and was active the Youth NAACP & other critical racial justice efforts of the 1970s, and went on to form a popular musical act in the 1980s, which performed across North-Central & Central Ohio. Ms. Harriet’s repertoire includes everything from rhythm & blues to gospel to soul & funk. While her band is retired, she performs whenever she can as a part of the Marion Community Choir; and was one of the keynote performing artists for Marion’s 2020 Juneteenth Celebration Livestream. Ms. Harriet, along with her mother, Mother Georgia Mae Sims (age 100) has also played a key role in the maintenance of spiritual performance traditions at Marion’s almost-a-century-old Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church, including directing & acting in many of the congregation’s Easter & other religious plays and performances over the past four decades. Ms. Harriet is a keystone in Marion County’s musical heritage & legacy, and is known around the county & beyond for her resonant, beautiful voice, & her long-standing commitment to racial justice organizing for more just Marion County futures.


Reach out to Ms. Harriet Sims via the Marion Voices Folklife + Oral History Project if you’d like to book a show, arrange for a full-band or vocal performance, or commission her to record a song for you! Voice lessons may also be available.


Musical performance; voice lessons & coaching


Music — Rhythm & Blues, Vocal, Gospel, Soul, Funk; Performing Arts — Church-Based Theatre Traditions



Ms. Harriet Sims discusses the history behind a page from her family’s photo album during an interview with the Marion Voices Folklife + Oral History team at the Sims Family Home on the Northwest side of Marion City. January, 2020.