‘American Idol’ Winner Trent Harmon Planning ‘Country Soul’ Album
Trent Harmon, the most recent (and final) winner of American Idol, has opened up about his plans for his first major-label album. The singer says that it will be in the country genre, with a good dose of soul mixed in.
"I’ve been saying ‘country soul,’ and I don’t really know what that means just yet, but I do, you know?" Harmon -- who signed with 19 / Big Machine / Motown Records after being crowned the 15th Idol champion -- tells TV Guide. "Soul music is in right now, and it’s cool to sing, but it’s what comes out of me naturally."
He adds, "If I’m singing gospel music or I’m singing country music or I’m singing pop music, I sing it soulfully. That’s just how it comes out. So I feel like that’s going to come through on this country album."
While Harmon calls his music "country soul," Big Machine's Scott Borchetta has another term for it: a "Justin Timberlake country record."
"To be mentioned in any kind of anything as JT is a big deal," Harmon responds. "It’s a lot of responsibility, but I’m good with it."
Borchetta tells Taste of Country that Harmon's foray into country music is 100-percent organic: “I think it’s very true to who he is,” he observes. “He’s always done country in his set. He lives on a true farm-to-table farm and restaurant … he’s a country boy.”
Harmon's forthcoming record is still in its infancy, but the singer reveals that it may feature duets with his fellow Idol contestants, including runner-up La’Porsha Renae.
“I feel like Porsha and I will probably be doing music together at some point, but I think it could be really cool to get Jenn Blosil on something,” Harmon says. “She’s got a unique voice, and she’s quirky. I like quirky ... I think her voice would be really cool. I think we could do some neat stuff. I hadn’t thought of that until right now.”
The Amory, Miss., native joins a long list of country Idol winners, including Carrie Underwood (who performed at the finale with Keith Urban) and pop-country singer Kelly Clarkson (who contributed with a pre-taped performance).
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