THE INTER-MOUNTAIN - Mississippi native Trent Harmon will be traveling along country roads to Elkins this Friday to take part in the Deja vu Music Festival at Davis & Elkins College.
“It’s always nice to play for a place that feels like it could be my hometown even if it’s not,” Harmon said. “I think we’re going to feel right at home in Elkins on Friday night.”
From a young age, Harmon had an interest in country music that was first sparked by growing up on a farm.
Harmon gained national attention in 2016 for being the winner of the 15th and final season of “American Idol,” where he performed a variety of music including jazz, R&B and pop, in addition to country.
“I use other genres to broaden what I can sing — when you’re standing in front of a microphone, you never know what kind of people are going to be on the other end of it, but I always tell people that if you listen to me talk, you know that I sing country music,” Harmon said.
With hopes of keeping people entertained and interested, Harmon strives to branch out and continue to develop as an artist. The up-and-coming artist encourages young entertainers to do the same.
“That moment when people say ‘Wow, I didn’t think he could do that,’ is when you actually see art happen,” Harmon said.
The entertainer earned a spot on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart just one week after the “American Idol” ended in early 2016 with “Falling,” written by country star Keith Urban and songwriters Dallas Davidson and Brett James.
“The easiest thing to identify is when we go play songs, folks know the name of them — they know the words to them, and I’m still kind of riding off the high,” Harmon said, referring to the progress that he has made as a musician after his success on “American Idol.”
Harmon will be opening at the 37th annual Deja vu Festival for Lauren Alaina, who was the runner-up on the 10th season of “American Idol.” Alaina’s song “Road Less Traveled” hit the No. 1 spot on the Country Airplay chart this April.
Harmon and Alaina have performed two or three shows together, Harmon said, noting he looks forward to opening for Alaina.
“We might try to work in a cover that gives a little tip of the hat to West Virginia,” Harmon said.
Anyone hoping to win Deja vu tickets should check out The Inter-Mountain’s Facebook page, as special giveaways will be announced throughout the week.
Tickets are $35 and can be purchased online at www.dewv.edu/arts-entertainment/season, by calling 304-637-1255 between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m., or by stopping by the Elkins-Randolph County YMCA at 400 Davis Ave., Elkins, or the Augusta Box Office in Jennings Randolph Hall at D&E College.
The concert is scheduled to take place at 7:30 p.m. at the college’s Claude King Davis Memorial Plaza, weather permitting. In case of inclement weather, the show will be moved to Myles Center for the Arts Harper-McNeeley Auditorium at D&E College.