Trent Harmon is an American songwriter and singer who is best known for winning the 15th season of singing competition television series American Idol.
He was born on October 8, 1990, in Amory, Mississippi, USA, to Randy and Cindy Harmon.
His parents own a family farm and a restaurant called Longhorn.
Harmon developed a passion for music at age 5 after his mother taught him to sing “Amazing Grace.”
Trent graduated from Amory High School and the University of Arkansas at Monticello.
During college and high school, Harmon performed in musicals.
In 2014, he auditioned for The Voice, an American singing competition TV series that is broadcasted on NBC.
He had 2 rounds of open call auditions in New Orleans. Later, Trent went to LA for 8 days to sing “Jealous” by Nick Jonas. Harmon eventually made it to the blind audition stage, however, no judge chose him and his audition did not air.
During an interview, Harmon talked about his Voice rejection:
“It was really a reality check, if you will. I thought at that point in my life I was good enough. I thought, ‘I can hang.’ And I wasn’t. I wasn’t good enough, and they knew it. I think looking back, I knew it.”
Trent went on to say:
“So I took a little break from music – and when I say a break, I mean like a week – and I sat back and thought about my whole life.”
“And I thought, ‘You know what? Michael Jordan even got cut one time. So let’s go get better.’”
In August 2015, he auditioned for American Idol in Little Rock, Arkansas.
On April 7, 2016, Trent won the fifteenth season of American Idol. La’Porsha Renae was named runner-up.
“Us both coming from Mississippi, I just wanted both of us to have a chance, and both of us did get a chance.”
His winning coronation single “Falling” was written by singer-songwriter judge Keith Urban with Brett James and Dallas Davidson.
“Falling” debuted on the iTunes Top 100 chart at number 48 on April 6, 2016. It sold over 23,000 copies in its first chart week.
Trent first heard “Falling” the day after making American Idol’s top three. The single was described as a “bluesy jam which allowed Harmon to show off his falsetto.”
Keith Urban initially wrote “Falling” for himself, however, he was later asked by the American Idol show if “Falling” could be given to Trent as his potential winner’s single.
During an interview, Trent said about the song:
“I was talking to him [Keith Urban] backstage at one point, and he said, ‘You know, I never did really believe that I could cut that song the way that I heard it in my head.’”
“He said, ‘Whenever they said they were going to pitch it to you, I thought, yeah, that’d be a good fit.’ He said, ‘I think it’s a better fit for you. You know, I think it fits you vocally, your style.’”
During American Idol, Trent also performed two Stapleton tracks. Harmon declared:
“It was an honor just to be handed a song that Stapleton wrote on.”
He also said:
“I wanted to write as much as possible, but I also thought that if there was a special song I came across that I thought would apply to me and what I was trying to say on this record, then I would want to hear it.”
He signed with Big Machine Records following American Idol. Big Machine Records is an American independent record label.
On May 18, 2018, Harmon released his debut studio album, titled – ”You Got ‘Em All.” The album was released by Big Machine Records. Trent wrote 8 of the eleven songs on the disc, including the title track.
”You Got ‘Em All” sold more than 4,600 copies in the US. It debuted at No. 60 on Top Album Sales, No. 34 on Country, and No. 2 on Billboard’s Heatseekers.
It includes the singles You Got ‘Em All and There’s a Girl.
Trent started his YouTube channel on February 21, 2013. The channel has over 31,000 subscribers.
In 2019, Trent Harmon married his long-time girlfriend Kathleen Couch.
”I come from a restaurant background, and anyone that walks into our restaurant, they can eat there.”
”I don’t doubt for a minute that it’s going to do great numbers within my fan base.”
”I think that you should treat all people equally and respectfully, and that’s what I do.”
Trent contracted mononucleosis while on American Idol. Mononucleosis is a group of symptoms typically caused by the Epstein-Barr virus.
Symptoms of mononucleosis may include:
- swollen spleen;
- skin rash;
- sore throat;
- swollen tonsils;
- swollen lymph nodes in your armpits and neck;
The following groups have a higher risk of getting mononucleosis:
- individuals who take medications that suppress the immune system;
- young people between the ages of 15 and 30;
- medical interns;
During American Idol, Trent kept a leather-bound journal where he wrote down every criticism and comment the judges offered.
He worked as a waiter at his family restaurant.
Trent Harmon – Net Worth
Harmon earns most of his wealth from his music, especially from selling tickets to his concerts as well as from the sales of his album. Therefore, Trent Harmon has an estimated net worth of $0.3 million.