Mississippi native Trent Harmon caught his big break when he won Season 15 of American Idol. Along with winning the title he also found his place with Big Machine Records. Harmon’s voice is soulful and notable. It’s as if John Mayer, Anderson East and Zac Brown collided to create the perfect individual. Harmon released his mid-tempo single “There’s A Girl” in June, 2016. It’s a soft track that easily showcases not only his spirit but his songwriting abilities as well. It’s safe to say country radio will embrace this delightfully talented young man and it’s well deserved.
Where are you answering these questions from and what are you wearing?
Pittsburgh, PA; currently on radio tour; my grandfather’s denim jacket (it’s tattered but I LOVE it!)
What’s your official title and favorite thing about what you do?
Singer/musician. Getting to take pictures with supporters/fans.
What are three things you CANNOT live without?
My bike, boots and my watch.
What’s the first concert you ever attended?
Do you think social media has an impact on artists these days?
What’s the hardest life lesson you’ve learned as it pertains to music?
Nothing in music, just like in life, is guaranteed. I gigged for years and wasn’t really getting a lot of return on my investment; hard work pays off but sometimes it takes quite a while.
Do you have a favorite restaurant or hang out spot in Music City?
If you could go on tour with anyone who would you pick and why?
Elton John. I’ve always looked up to him as a songwriter and a live performer.
Who is your favorite country singer from the 90s?
Out of all the songs you’ve written, do you have a favorite?
My current single, “There’s A Girl.”
Do you have a favorite place to perform?
The small stage that my dad, best friend and I built next to our restaurant. I’ve played larger stages, but that one is special.
What would you say has been the highlight of your career thus far?
A huge highlight has been completing my first music video.
What current event has your eyes and ears? What are you doing about it?
The Starkey Hearing Foundation. Starkey distributes hearing aids to those in need. I plan on traveling internationally with them to distribute hearing aids.
How do you think songwriters play a vital role in music today?
In music, especially COUNTRY music, the songwriter is the life blood of a song. Without the songwriter, the great stories that come from country music would never be told.
What’s one super power you wish you had?
You’re making your favorite sandwich… what’s on it?
Turkey, mustard, pickles, black pepper.
Name one artist of any genre besides country that you are a fan of and tell us why?
Allen Stone – I’ve always admired his ability to sing so effortlessly. The man is a musician’s musician.
What makes you laugh out loud?
A good Laffy Taffy joke.
Fill in the blank: It’s not a party until…
…my friend Cooter Brown spits fire. Literally.
Fill in the blank: I admire…
…my dad’s work ethic.