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Name
Trent Harmon
Season
Birth Name
Trent William Harmon
Born
October 8, 1990
Audition City
Little Rock, Arkansas
Place
Winner


Trent William Harmon (born October 8, 1990) is an American singer from Amory, Mississippi who won Season 15 of American Idol.

BackgroundEdit

Trent was born in Amory, Mississippi, the son of Cindy and Randy Harmon. He started in music when his mother taught him to sing "Amazing Grace" when he was the age of 5, and he grew up singing in church. His family owns a farm and a yard-to-table restaurant, The Longhorn, where he worked as a waiter. He credits his upbringing on the farm and in the restaurant for his strong work ethic.

He sang and performed through many musicals throughout Amory High School and at the University of Arkansas-Monticello. Before his graduation from the University of Arkansas at Monticello, he led worship services on campus. He first learned to also play the piano but expanded to also play drums and guitar.

Trent first tried for national recognition in May 2014 when a close friend convinced him to try out for NBC's The Voice in New Orleans. He got a chance to audition for the show's four coaches in Los Angeles, but he didn't turn a chair. His audition never aired.

American IdolEdit

Trent auditioned for American Idol in Little Rock, Arkansas in August 2015, surprising the judges, after hearing of his farm upbringing, singing the rhythm and blues song "Unaware" by Allen Stone. He was the first R&B singer shown to be accepted by the judges in the season. It was revealed later in the season that Trent kept a leather-bound journal where he wrote down every comment and criticism the judges offered.

During Hollywood week, he was encouraged to quit by doctors when diagnosed with mono and sequestered in a bathroom for most of the week to keep the contagious disease from spreading. Despite being very sick, he impressed the judges when for an 'Idol' first he performed the group round as a solo.

During "Idol Grammy Hits" week Trent was coached to bring his "strange faces he makes when he sings" under control. Judge Harry Connick, Jr. noted that Trent had also lost an "exaggerated jaw vibrato" that would eventually cause him to lose his singing voice.

Trent won the fifteenth season of American Idol on April 7, 2016. His winning coronation single, "Falling", was written by singer-songwriter and American Idol judge Keith Urban with Dallas Davidson and Brett James. For winning the title, Trent received a Ford car and a recording contract with Big Machine Records. La'Porsha Renae was named the runner-up.

PerformancesEdit

Week Theme Song(s) Original artist(s)
Auditions Contestant's choice "Unaware" Allen Stone
Hollywood Week Lines of 10 "Lay Me Down" Sam Smith
Group Rounds* "Rather Be" Clean Bandit ft. Jess Glynne
Final Judgment "Tiny Dancer" Elton John
Top 24 Contestant's choice "What Are You Listening To" Chris Stapleton
Top 10 Contestant's choice "Like I Can" Sam Smith
Top 8 Idol Grammy Hits "When a Man Loves a Woman" Percy Sledge
Top 6 American Idol All Time Song Book "See You Again"
duet with La'Porsha Renae
Wiz Khalifa and Charlie Puth
"Stand by Me Ben E. King
Top 5 America's Twitter Song Choice "Counting Stars" OneRepublic
"Simple Man Lynyrd Skynyrd
Top 4 Classic Rock / Sia "Sharp Dressed Man" ZZ Top
"Chandelier" Sia
Top 3 Hometown Dedication "Tennessee Whiskey Chris Stapleton
[Scott Borchetta]]'s Choice "Drink You Away" Justin Timberlake
Judges' Choice "Waiting Game " Parson James
Top 2 Winner's Single "Falling" Trent Harmon
Scott Borchetta's Choice "If You Don't Know Me by Now Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes
Favorite Performance "Chandelier " Sia
Finale Finale show "It Takes Two "
duetduet with La'Porsha Renae
Marvin Gaye and Kim Weston
Winner's song "Falling" Trent Harmon
  • During the group rounds he sang solo due to being diagnosed with mono

Post IdolEdit

Trent signed a deal with Big Machine Records after winning the show. His first single, Falling, has since hit the top 10 on iTunes. He got to sing the national anthem at the Manny Paciquo/Tim Bradley fight on April 9, 2016.

Following his win on American Idol Harmon was signed by Big Machine Records. His upcoming album will have country and indie-soul influences on it. Big Machine's Scott Borchetta said it would be like the country album Justin Timberlake would make.

In a post-show interview, Trent was asked his thoughts on his home state's anti-LGBT "Religious Liberty" legislation (HB1523) which allows people and businesses to deny service to LGBT people. He recounted that in the restaurant business, he served whoever walked in the door and treated them with respect, saying "I think that you should treat all people equally and respectfully, and that's what I do, and that's what I'm going to continue to do no matter what law is passed."

Trent debuted his new single, "There's A Girl", which was released on June 22, 2016, on Fox & Friends on June 24, 2016. He recorded a cover of the Gary Wright classic "Dream Weaver" for the soundtrack of the film, Ice Age: Collision Course. His self-titled EP, which features a remix of "Falling" as well as his version of "Chandelier", was released on December 9, 2016.  

DiscographyEdit

EPs:

  •  Trent Harmon (2016)

Singles:

  • "Falling" (2016)
  • "There's A Girl" (2016)
  • "Dream Weaver" (2016)
Season 15
Finalists
Trent Harmon ·La'Porsha Renae ·Dalton Rapattoni ·MacKenzie Bourg ·Sonika Vaid ·Tristan McIntosh ·Lee Jean ·Avalon Young ·Gianna Isabella ·Olivia Rox
American Idol
Seasons
1  · 2  · 3  · 4 · 5  · 6  · 7  · 8  · 9  · 10  · 11 · 12 · 13 · 14 · 15
Judges
Simon Cowell (Seasons 1-9)  · Paula Abdul (Seasons 1-8) · Randy Jackson (Seasons 1-12) · Kara DioGuardi (Seasons 8-9) · Ellen DeGeneres (Season 9) · Steven Tyler (Seasons 10-11)  · Nicki Minaj (Season 12)  · Mariah Carey (Season 12) · Jennifer Lopez (Seasons 10-11,13-15)  · Keith Urban (Seasons 12-15)  · Harry Connick, Jr. (Seasons 13-15)
Hosts
Ryan Seacrest (Seasons 1-15) · Brian Dunkleman (Season 1)
Winners
Kelly Clarkson · Ruben Studdard · Fantasia Barrino · Carrie Underwood · Taylor Hicks · Jordin Sparks · David Cook · Kris Allen · Lee DeWyze · Scotty McCreery · Phillip Phillips · Candice Glover · Caleb Johnson · Nick Fradiani · Trent Harmon
Runners-up
Justin Guarini · Clay Aiken · Diana DeGarmo · Bo Bice · Katharine McPhee · Blake Lewis · David Archuleta · Adam Lambert · Crystal Bowersox · Lauren Alaina · Jessica Sanchez · Kree Harrison · Jena Irene · Clark Beckham · La'Porsha Renae
Coronation Songs
"A Moment Like This" · "Flying Without Wings" · "I Believe" · "Inside Your Heaven" · "Do I Make You Proud" · "This Is My Now" · "The Time of My Life" · "No Boundaries" · "Beautiful Day" · "I Love You This Big" · "Home" · "I Am Beautiful" · "As Long As You Love Me" · "Beautiful Life" · "Falling"
Spin-offs
From Justin to Kelly · Juniors · Christmas

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