Trent Tomlinson grew up in Kennett, Mo. Though Trent, like his father, was a star basketball player in school, he chose to pursue music instead. He took up guitar then began sneaking into bars in his hometown for gigs. As a junior in high school, he auditioned locally for TNN's talent competition You Can Be a Star, eventually reaching the finals in Nashville.
Tomlinson tried college but left after six months and moved to Nashville where he began making money at a local club and by winning talent contests. After landing a cut on a Johnny Rodriguez record, he began looking for more opportunities.
He signed a deal with a Nashville publishing company and then a record deal with Polydor. After Tomlinson retreated back to Missouri with the closing of Polydor, he learned that publishing executive Buddy Killen had bought his song catalog out of bankruptcy court and offered him a publishing deal. A year and a half later, Tomlinson landed a deal with MCA Publishing. However, another publishing deal with Cal IV Entertainment helped him secure three cuts on an Emerson Drive album.
Lyric Street Records offered him a record deal at the end of 2004. Sara Evans included one of his songs on her album Real Fine Place in 2005. Tomlinson released his debut album Country Is My Rock in early 2006 producing top 20 hits "One Wing in the Fire" and "Drunker Than Me."
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