‘Catch of the Day’ – Trent Tomlinson – “That’s What’s Working Right Now” [AUDIO]
Today’s artist is definitely the poster child for the age old adage, “if at first you don’t succeed, try and try again.” After appearing on the Nashville Network’s singing competition show You Can Be A Star as a teenager, he had difficulty turning the experience into a recording contract, with a lifespan of more than one album.
Born in Blytheville, Arkansas, Trent Tomlinson was raised in Kennett, Missouri, the son of a former NBA player who was the biology teacher, assistant principal and basketball coach at the local high school. While in his junior year in high school, the younger Tomlinson auditioned for and made it on the Nashville Network’s You Can Be A Star. The 17-year would have an incredible run on the program, finishing second in 1992. Tomlinson was offered several record deals after appearing, but was not able to ink a deal that was worth the paper it was written. He signed several contracts, but each time the deals were short lived as the labels either went bankrupt, or were swallowed up as part of a merger, losing Tomlinson in the shuffle.
In 2003 Tomlinson signed a publishing deal with Cal IV Entertainment. He would supply song to both Emerson Drive and Blue Country for their respective debut albums, as well as having songs recorded by Sara Evans and George Strait. The
publishing deal brought him to the attention of Lyric Street Records, producing several songs that would later become part of his debut album Country Is My Rock in 2005. The sessions included a song Tomlinson wrote about his father “One Wing In The Fire“, which became his only top-10 hit, to date, when it was released as a single in 2006.
In 2008 Tomlinson was transferred from the Lyric Street label to its new subsidiary, Carolwood Records, making him the second artist signed to the new label. He wouldn’t even get the chance to release an album with Carolwood, as while he was in the studio, the label closed its doors in 2009 and he was transferred back to the main label. Tomlinson would release the EP A Guy Like Me in January of 2010, but by April, before the EP could gain any traction, Lyric Street and Tomlinson parted ways, leaving the singer and songwriter without a label once again.
Tomlinson would chart two singles off the final project, but after Lyric Street stopped promoting the EP, it faded and the singer was not able to capitalize with a new record
contract. He continued writing for other artists, including Parmalee, scoring a top-5 single with “Close Your Eyes“. Tomlinson signed with uber-indy label Mucho Love Music in 2015.
In October of 2016 he released the album That’s What’s Working Right Now. The official single and title track from the new album is in our spotlight today. Brought to you by All American Super Car Wash, Trent Tomlinson and “That’s What’s Working Right Now” is our Catch of the Day, new music you haven’t heard, but you’ll want to hear it again.
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