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Mississippi’s ‘Idol’ releases ‘dreamy’ cover, pays tribute to Chris Stapleton


Amory native Trent Harmon, Mississippi's first...and last “American Idol,” wasted no time after he won the TV talent competition earlier this year. He hit the ground running, releasing his new single “There’s A Girl” on July 11.

Harmon, who two years ago was working in his parent’s catfish house near Becker, Miss., announced via Twitter that he would be contributing to the soundtrack for the upcoming “Ice Age: Collision Course,” which opened at theaters across South Mississippi.

The film , which is the fifth in the series, had an opening weekend of of about $28 million.

Harmon’s contribution to the soundtrack is a cover of Gary Wright’s 1976 hit “Dream Weaver,’ the lead single from Wright’s album “The Dream Weaver.” Wright’s song went to No. 2 on the Billboard charts.

And Harmon’s cover is stunning.

It’s pretty faithful to Wright’s version and it is perfect for Harmon’s tenor voice. It’s a bold step for someone who is making waves in country music.

Amory is very proud of Harmon, and rightfully so. I think they finally had the last parade in his honor last week.

The town hasn’t celebrated something that much since current Biloxi High School Indians football coach Bobby Hall won three state championships in Amory in 1994, 1995 and 1998.

When he’s not covering Gary Wright, Harmon joined fellow “Idol” finalist Dalton Rapattoni and country singer Tristan McIntosh to pay tribute to singer/songwriter Chris Stapleton with a cover of his debut single “What are You Listening To,” which was live-streamed on Facebook.

Stapleton will be at the Mississippi Coliseum in Biloxi on Oct. 20.