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Northeast Mississippian Appears in the Last Season of ‘American Idol’

Photo courtesy Facebook/ Trent Harmon Music
Photo courtesy Facebook/ Trent Harmon Music

The American Dream doesn’t seem far fetched as two contestants from Mississippi take on the final stages of American Idol during its last season.

Appearing with La’Porsha Renae, a singer from McComb, Mississippi, is Trent Harmon.

From the small town of Amory, Mississippi, to the stage of American Idol, Trent Harmon has stolen the hearts of people around the world with his voice and has been an inspiration to people across the country in small towns, assuring them that dreams do come true.

Trent Harmon’s sister, Randi Kathryn Harmon said, “Our hometown, Amory, and the entire state has been extremely supportive. The overwhelming amount of support has been needed for this process, especially now since it is time for America to decide who the next American Idol will be.”

Harmon has received a great deal of support from everyone around him. All of his fans have started a movement in support of his success. When Harmon’s friends, family, and fans voted on a hashtag to use, #Trenting won.

“We are extremely proud of him and all that he has accomplished,” Randi Kathryn said. “He’s wanted to be a professional singer and do something with music since he was two years old. As long as he is giving God all the honor and glory, we are proud of Trent.”

Harmon’s family wasn’t aware that he was auditioning until he was actually at auditions. Their surprise and excitement has carried on with him throughout his journey. Harmon’s preparation for his future started at the age of two when his mother inspired both his sister and him to sing at different locations.

In high school, Harmon played the lead role in a school play titled “Joseph and the Technicolored Dreamcoat.” He swept the stage, making the play his own, creating the first stepping stones into his career as a singer.

“From the lead role of the high school musicals, to the lead singer at his college’s youth group, all the shows he’s done thus far over the country have prepared him for American Idol,” Randi Kathryn said. “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dream coat, in my opinion, was the beginning of his career in believing in himself. It was a phenomenal performance.”

Harmon said that he learned the value of a band and team work through all of his roles in the musicals he performed in. He practices a great bit and always knew that whatever happened was God’s plan for his life.

“As a younger sister, I gain motivation from him,” Randi Kathryn said. I’ve always looked up to him and asked him for advice. I mostly enjoy when he just picks at the guitar at home and we start singing a bunch of random songs together.”

Harmon’s advice to children who wish to follow in his footsteps is “Give God all the honor and glory and work extremely hard and there’s nothing that is impossible.”

“We, as a family, and our friends and family always believed in Trent,” Randi Kathryn said. “Now that other people are starting to see Trent’s talents, we couldn’t be more excited. We are just so grateful that we have such awesome fans that love him and support him as much as we do.”


Mia Sims is a HottyToddy.com intern. She can be reached at masims@go.olemiss.edu.

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