Big Machine Signs ‘American Idol’ Winner, Runner-Up

La' Porsha Renae and Trent Harmon. Photo: American Idol

La’ Porsha Renae and Trent Harmon. Photo: American Idol

During last night’s (April 7) star-studded series finale of American Idol, 25-year-old Amory, Mississippi native Trent Harmon was crowned the American Idol, while McComb, Mississippi native La’ Porsha Renae was named runner-up.

Harmon has signed with 19/Big Machine to begin work on a country album, while Renae has signed with 19/Big Machine/Motown Records, MusicRow has confirmed. The move breaks from previous Idol seasons, where the runner-up wasn’t necessarily offered a deal.

“Because of the overwhelming fan demand and success of the Farewell Season of American Idol we have made the decision to sign both Trent Harmon and runner up La’Porsha Renae to exclusive recording agreements,” said Big Machine Label Group President/CEO Scott Borchetta in a statement. “I can’t think of a bigger and better way to bring this American Institution to a close. Everyone at the Big Machine Label Group, 19 Entertainment, the Universal Music Group & Motown Records are so thrilled with the outcome and can’t wait to get to work.”

American Idol judge and country artist Keith Urban co-wrote Harmon’s debut single, “Falling” with Dallas Davidson and Brett James.

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