Michael Trent is a musician from South Carolina, known for being one half of the band Shovels & Rope, a collaboration with his wife Cary Ann Hearst.
Trent began his musical career as the lead singer and guitarist for The Films, a band from Charleston, South Carolina. The Films released two albums and an EP before disbanding. Their second album, O Scorpio, was produced by Butch Walker. Trent has also worked with Walker on two of Walker's albums, co-writing songs on Liked It Better When You Had No Heart, and The Spade.
While Trent and Hearst were still focusing on their solo careers, they formed Shovels & Rope out of necessity, as touring together was easier than paying a band. Their growing popularity as a two-man family band allowed them to tour the country together, and eventually they formed a more cohesive musical partnership. While they previously recorded an album together under Cary Ann Hearst & Michael Trent entitled Shovels & Rope, their first album as a band, O Be Joyful, was released in 2012, and Swimmin' Time, the duo's newest record, was released in 2014. Trent also released a solo album called, "The Winner", in 2010.