Born: June 29, 1848, Monroe County, West Virginia.
Died: March 19, 1925, Willowton, Mercer County, West Virginia.
Buried: Oakwood Cemetery, Princeton, West Virginia.
Harvey was the son of James Maxwell Christie and Cynthia Peters Clark.
Christie taught singing classes, 1871–74, which led him to a musical career.
He studied under Rigdon McIntosh, who at the time was in the music department at Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tennessee. Christie stayed in Tennessee until 1876, when he returned to West Virginia.
Around 1877, he conducted a two month course at the Concord Normal School, in Athens, West Virginia, followed by a similar course in Princeton, West Virginia; Rural Retreat, Virginia (1878); four courses in Snowville, Virginia (1879–80); and a nine month course at Rural Retreat, Virginia (1881).
In 1881, he studied for a while at the Commercial College at Kentucky University. In 1882, he moved to Milligan College, Tennessee, where he eventually served on the Board of Directors.
In 1894, Christie became music editor for the Standard Publishing Company in Cincinnati, Ohio.