Cary Ann Hearst is a folk/roots-rock musical artist from South Carolina, USA. 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.
Cary Ann Hearst got her first taste of fame when her song "Hell's Bells" was featured in the HBO vampire drama True Blood. She has three albums to date, the first two (Dust and Bones, Lions and Lambs) as solo projects, and the most recent one (Shovels & Rope) as a collaboration with her husband, Michael Trent, under the moniker Shovels & Rope.
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 area near Nickajack Dam in Marion County, Tennessee. She is married to Michael Trent, and has a hound dog who is her pride and joy, best friend, and the thing that keeps her grounded when she travels.
Hearst and Trent raise chickens at their home on Johns Island, South Carolina. Through trial and error, they have found that some breeds are better suited to thriving on Johns Island than others.