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He stole America’s hearts by singing Sam Smith, One Republic and Allen Stone hits. He also covered Chris Stapleton’s version of “Tennessee Whiskey” and Justin Timberlake’s crossover single “Drink You Away”.
Harmon was immediately signed by Idol mentor Scott Borchetta’s record label, Big Machine Records and has big plans for Harmon – in the country music genre.
Harmon, who grew up on a farm in Mississippi, cites Timberlake’s latest musical experience as inspiration.
“If anyone can define ‘country’ in the year 2015, I will be impressed, because what is country in 2016?” he asks Yahoo! Music.
Harmon pulls from many different genres, and that’s why Borchetta thinks he will succeed in the country genre.
“You’ve sung this, this, and this, but you’re still from the South,” he told Harmon. “Country people buy albums. Country music supporters go to concerts. Country music supporters go to festivals. You don’t necessarily have to make a traditional country album, but if you could go down that vein, you could have a career.”
What do you think about the possibility of Harmon releasing an album in the country genre?
Watch him perform “Tennessee Whiskey” below!
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