Cary Ann Hearst

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Cary Ann Hearst
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Cary Ann Hearst.
Background information
Born (1979-08-10) August 10, 1979 (age 39)
GenresFolk, country rock
Occupation(s)Singer-songwriter, musician
InstrumentsVocals, guitar, drums
Years active2007–present
LabelsDualtone Records
Associated actsShovels & Rope

Cary Ann Hearst (born August 10, 1979) is a folk/roots rock musical artist from South Carolina, US. She performs as a solo act, as well as with her husband, Michael Trent, in the band Shovels & Rope. Hearst's influences are rooted in the soulful, gritty sounds of Townes Van Zandt, Bob Dylan, and Loretta Lynn, among others.[1]


Hearst got her first taste of fame when her song "Hell's Bells" was featured in the HBO vampire drama True Blood.[2] She has six albums to date, the first two (Dust and Bones, Lions and Lambs) as solo projects, and the most recent four (Shovels & Rope, O' Be Joyful, Swimming Time, and Little Seeds) as a collaboration with her husband, Michael Trent, under the moniker Shovels & Rope.

Personal life[edit]

Hearst is a Nashville, Tennessee, native and graduated from MLK Magnet High School. Her mother hails from the Mississippi Delta and her father is from the same area as her mother.[3] She is married to Michael Trent.[2]


  1. ^ "Shovels & Rope: Music Biography".
  2. ^ a b "Cary Ann Hearst: Country Strong with an Outlaw Streak". NPR.
  3. ^ "Delta Mama and a Nickajack Man… the short version of a long story". Shovels & Rope.