Tammy Trent Biography
Tammy Trent (born; Tammy Ranae Buffurn) is an American Christian singer in 1966. She became popular in 1985 after she became a finalist in the Assemblies of God “Teen Talent Competition”. Tammy uses her story of loosing her husband to restore hope to the people.
Tammy Trent Age
Tammy was born in 1966 in Grand Rapids, Michigan, United States. (52 years as of 2018)
Tammy Trent Husband
Tammy Trent married Trent Lenderink on 18th August 1990, while they were both 22, until his death in September 2001. The two met when they were 15 years old in a youth group in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Tammy said during an interview that for her it was love at first sight. The two began dating at the age of 16.
“Trent was stronger than I was in our dating relationship. He was stronger than I was. He was a man. There were times when I even struggled about being in love, and wanting to feel loved, wanting to be loved, moments of weakness in my life where Trent was always strong. He wanted to have a pure mind and a pure heart and he wanted it to be that way in our relationship. There were times when I thought, I can’t take this anymore. He’d say, ‘Girl, I love you. I know if we wait, God will have something special in store together.'” Tammy said of her husband during an interview.
Tammy Trent Husband Death
In September 2011, Tammy Trent and her husband, Trent, went for a romantic vacation in Jamaica but on the last day, 10th September, the worst happened. Trent, who was an expert diver, suited up to explore the blue lagoon, a famous body of water. He submerged into the deep without the use of an oxygen tank or snorkel as he was free diving. Trent unfortunately died while diving and his body was found the following day by divers.
‘He put on his wet suit and his fins and his mask and he grabbed the scooter and said, ‘Tammy, will you take a picture of me?’ I said, ‘Sure.’ I took a couple of pictures of Trent right before he got into the water, and I sat there on the side of the dock and I watched him, and I watched him swim away. I sat and about 30 minutes had gone by. I had been watching him go up and down. Thirty or forty minutes had gone by, and I realized I had stopped watching. I was kind of watching other people swimming and playing. There was a boat that had swum across that hole back and forth, and it took my breath away because I wanted to scream, ‘There’s somebody in there!’ and I couldn’t. I felt paralyzed, but it made me now start to watch for Trent. I was really concerned now, and I didn’t see anything. I just stared at that hole for, like, 5 minutes, 8, 10, minutes and now I started to worry because, obviously, you have to come up for breath. I didn’t see anything, and Trent would never do anything to scare me, so I thought something was wrong. I couldn’t see anything. I kept having to fight fear saying, ‘Oh Jesus.’ All I could say was ‘Jesus, Jesus, Jesus, Jesus.’ I started asking, ‘Please will someone give me a mask so I can go in and look for him: he’s in that hole’ because I kept thinking if he’s in there, I could save him. The people around knew that I wasn’t in that frame of mind to do that, so a couple of men went out looking for him. Then they called a dive team in and they looked for Trent for three hours. Each minute that went by I knew. I knew what happened. I was sitting in that office and I was all alone, nobody was a believer around me. I just began to lift up my hands and I began to praise God and I began to sing songs — anything I could think of — and I was just crying out to God. It’s all that I had. My whole life I had been on the platform telling other people what to do in these times, and now it was up to me. What did I really believe? I knew that all I had was Jesus. I cried out to God and I started praying in the Spirit. I didn’t care who was around.’
Tammy Trent Remarried – Did Tammy Trent ever Remarry
Tammy has never remarried since the tragic death of her husband in September 2001.
Tammy Trent Career
Tammy Trent songs such as welcome home, run to the cross, my irreplaceable and rain on me, were very popular on Christian Radio in 1995. She went on hiatus after in 2001 after the death of her husband while on a missions trip.
In September 2002 she returned as a speaker and performer at the Extraordinary Women’s conference. She was also asked to share the Women of Faith platform for 4 years alongside her friends Sheila Walsh, Patsy Clairmont, Carol Kent, Kathy Troccoli, Anita Renfroe and Luci Swindoll.
Tammy Trent was also featured as a speaker, singer and author for The Revolve Tour for teen girls for 2 years.
1. 25 Sexual Questions to Ask A Girl.
2. Things Girls Wants But Wont Ask For
3. 20 Things Women Should Never, Do.
4. Top 20 Things Men Should Never, Do.
5. 60 Really Sweet Things To Say To A Girl.
6. 25 Romantic Ideas to Make Your Lover Melt!
7. Things Women in Relationships Must Not Do.
8. 10 Things that are Killing Your Kidneys.
Her ministry has taken her all over the world speaking at women’s conferences, church events, and retreats in countries such as South Africa, Australia, Singapore, Columbia, Ghana, Canada & the US.
She is a gifted communicator who draws her audience close with her contagious humor and fun, energetic personality and yet the sincerity of her heart and wisdom of life experience is woven through the very words she speaks.
Tammy says that one of the greatest privilege on the journey of hope and healing is to be able to speak into someone’s life who feels hopeless and numb.
“One of my greatest privileges on this journey of hope and healing is to be able to speak into someone’s life who feels hopeless and numb. I’ve been there too, and one thing I’ve learned is that we can never interpret our numbness as God’s absence in our lives”.
In November of 2009 & 2010 she was awarded the Inspirational Female Vocalist of the Year by the Christian Music Hall of Fame.
Tammy Trent Books
Tammy Trent is also an author having written three books; Learning to Breathe Again: Choosing Life and Finding Hope After a Shattering Loss, Beyond The Sorrow: There’s Hope in the Promises of God and he Log Family: See You at the Beach (a children’s book she co-authored with her husband Trent Lenderink)
Tammy Trent Albums
- 2013: Sunny Days
- 2012: Tammy Trent
- 2008: Stronger
- 2007: The Early Years
- 2006: I See Beautiful
- 2000: Set You Free
Tammy Trent Songs
- My Irreplaceable
- I See Beautiful
- Run To The Cross
- You Don’t Have The Strength
- It’s All About You
- Everybody Move With It
- You’ve Already Shown Me
- You Have My Heart
- Trusting You
- Light of Love
- Edge of the Water
- Your Love Pursues
- If You Need Love
- Say You’ll Stay
- He Chose Me
- At the Foot of the Cross
- You’re Worthy of My Praise
- I’m Letting Go
- God of Impossibles
- Somehow Ur
- Rain On Me
- Your Love Is For Always
- Run Into the Arms of Love
- Merciful God
- Love & Devotion
- Stop the World
- I’m Not Listening
- Real Life
- Forgive Me
- He’s Right Here
- Run Into the Arms of God
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I sat by the Ocean today and listened to the waves gently crash the shore. I felt the peaceful breeze and the warmth of the sunshine as my toes sifted through the sand. I grabbed my sunglasses and decided to walk down the beach. And these words washed over me…again and again! . “Spirit lead me where my trust is without borders. Let me walk upon the waters, wherever You would call me. Take me deeper than my feet could ever wander, and my faith will be made stronger, in the presence of my Savior”. . I feel peace and love all around me…especially in these moments, near the ocean, standing on the edge of the water!
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Tammy Trent Interview
Give me a brief history….birthplace, childhood, schools, jobs, current hometown.
Tammy Trent: Hello. My name is Tammy Trent and I have NO prior arrests! LOL I was born and raised in Grand Rapids, MI. My parents were divorced when I was 7 years old and I threw myself into the love of sports to stay focused and find something I could put all my energy into. I excelled in Basketball and still hold records to this day at my High School. I went to public schools growing up, playing the drums in the pep bands and school rallies. I soo loved it and all my many friends who are still a close part of my life today. My first job was working at a Family Christian Store at the local mall and it was my favorite job ever because I got to listen to Christian music ALL DAY LONG and read every credit on the inside of every album. That’s where I learned soo much about the music industry. But it was in my youth group where I learned the understanding of true worship and the pursuit of God’s call on my life. I moved to Nashville in 1999 to continue that pursuit and have lived here in my home for almost 14 years now.
What does a normal day at home look like for you? Morning to Night.
Tammy Trent: I can’t lie. I like to sleep in. That means I don’t set my alarm before 9am. 🙂 And another truth is that I love to stay in my sweat pants for as long as the day will let me around the house. I’m not a coffee drinker, so you’ll never find a cup of that stuff in my hands. LOL Well, maybe if it has lots of cream and sugar, then maybe it will go down. I love doing Body Pump at the gym 3 or 4 times a week. Summer time you’ll find me out at my pool during the day hanging with my family and friends grilling out. Mowing the grass, trimming and pruning the trees and shrubs. Painting anything that needs it. Fixing the furnace or replacing a light fixture. In other words, there is always something fun to do around the house, but I LOVE being outside. And in the Winter you’ll find me laying by the fireplace or out in the front yard making snow angles for all the neighbors to see whenever it snows. LOL But you’ll never find me in bed before 11pm.
What’s the song that you just can’t get out of your head right now? Why do you like it so much?
Tammy Trent: “Beneath Your Beautiful” from Emeli Sande’. Because I know even on my own journey of love and loss, I have sometimes built up my own walls against falling in love again and being afraid of what that might look like. When the right one comes along I can imagine him singing such a lyric to me. “Would you let me see beneath your beautiful?…” basically asking me to open up my heart and let him in. I hope when that day comes, and it’s truly from God, I’ll be able to truly open up and take off any mask.
How much do you travel, what are the challenges?
Tammy Trent: I took an entire year off the road last year because I had been going soo hard for soo long. I felt like I really needed that time away so I could figure out what God might have next for me. It was in that season of waiting when I realized that God had birthed in my heart a reservoir of new songs. So now, through this new album my schedule of traveling will pick up again and I will feel completely refreshed getting back out there. The challenge is always in the early morning flights, making friends with the not so friendly TSA agents sometimes, long travel days, pouring your heart out on the platforms, 2 hour meet and greet lines afterwards, short nights rest, early morning flight back home, a few days rest until you do it all over again. There are many challenges, but the rewards are greater seeing a life renewed and a heart coming back to faith and hope somehow through my own ministry. It’s worth it all.
What’s the biggest “God moment” that you’ve ever experienced, personal or professional?
It was definitely the moment when I was at the lowest point in my life. I was two days into the grieving process from the tragic death of my husband and I was in a hotel room in Jamaica all alone crying out to God in the bathroom. I was soo numb and soo broken and soo lost and all I wanted was someone to hold me and tell me I was going to be ok. I missed the touch of my Mom especially. So I asked God, “If you can see “this girl”, if you can hear “this girl” could you please just send someone to hold me. I’m not asking for a thousand angels or a hundred angels, but just ONE angel that would hold me. God if you’re real could you do that for me.” I opened my eyes and began to walk out of that bathroom and into my room. I could hear someone in the other room from the adjoining door. I made my way over to that opening in the doorway and saw a beautiful Jamaican woman standing there. I asked her if she could come into my room and make my bed. Then she looked at me with such compassion and said, “I’ve been trying to get to you. I could hear you crying and I’ve been trying to get to you. Could I just come in and hold you?” Wow! Wow! Wow! I knew at that very moment in my life that yes Tammy, God is very real and You are never alone. He answered my cry and it was the biggest “God moment” of my life.
What’s the last book you read?
Tammy Trent: “God’s Not Dead – Evidence for God in an age of Uncertainty” by Rice Broocks. Faith in God is rising, yet so is skepticism. The reality is that people come to a place of faith not against reason but through it. That’s why the first step of faith is to believe God exists. There is evidence for an intelligent Creator everywhere you look. People of faith cannot afford to be passive and disengaged. We must, at least, be as bold in our witness for Christ as skeptics are in their attack against the faith. God is most certainly not dead, so make sure you are equipped for any spiritual battle that comes your way.
Tell me about how you became a believer. What caused you to want to serve God in full time ministry?
Tammy Trent: I was raised in the church since I can remember, but it wasn’t until the age of 13 when I began to understand what a real relationship could be like with God and that I had a personal choice in the matter outside of my parents’ wishes too. I chose Christ and was baptized that same year and ever since that day I couldn’t imagine a life without my faith. It was in church and in my youth group growing up where I realized how much I loved ministry and wanting to be used of God in some way to make an impact on this world for Him.
Take us thru 3-4 songs on your latest project Sunny Days. What’s the “story behind the song”.
Tammy Trent: “I’M RUNNING” – I could see her trying desperately to make her way through the crowd to get to me as I was leaving my event. I thought, no worries, just one more autograph or hug. But then she stopped right there in front of me, smiling through her tears. I could see her struggling to find the words. But it was her words I journaled and will never forget.
She said, “Tammy, I’ve been running my whole life chasing after things that never seem to fit. I’ve been lost, broken and empty. But tonight I felt hope. I felt loved. I felt captured and not abandoned for the first time. I can’t stop smiling knowing that I finally found where I belong and this is a new start for me. I want Jesus to be in my life”.
Amanda, I wrote this song for YOU and anyone else who is running….someplace. Keep running….but run straight to the one who will do more than just get you through the storm. You are never alone! Jesus says, I will be with you whenever, wherever and FOREVER! Matthew 28:20
“DON’T LET HIM BE THE LAST TO KNOW” – “Tammy – My husband went to Heaven almost 3 months ago after complications from a car accident. I’m completely heartbroken, lost, angry & confused. Now I’m left 23 weeks pregnant with our first child and I don’t know if I can do this alone. I’m trying soo hard to believe that God has a plan and that I need to trust His will. Can you please give me any words of wisdom on how to get through this? I know you understand my pain.”
I sat down and wrote this song for Emily. My words of love and wisdom to her and anybody else feeling a life crushing blow would be to allow the Lord to walk this road WITH you and promise that He’ll ALWAYS be the FIRST to know exactly how you feel and what you need. He will never leave you alone. And as surely as the sun will rise HE will always come for you. – Jeremiah 29:11
“SUNNY DAYS” – Well I sat in the studio talking to my producer one day about this song I wanted to write. I told him I had the title for my new album written down on a sticky note on my computer at home for the last 3 years, and that I wanted to write a fun summer song reminding the listener to embrace the seasons of life, however hard they may seem….this too shall pass….the sun will always come out again….and with it comes new life….new bloom….new growth. God is soo committed to us and will never let us go. This is my song welcoming a new season of life on my own journey of loss and triumph, too. Yes, there are sunny days, but there are also rainy days. Both are a part of the seasons of life, and they have their own distinct purposes. Troubles are all around us and they do not discriminate in their visitations. Problems are a part of life. It is also part of life to – if you choose – to find resolution and growth in the challenges you face.
“WELCOME HOME” – What can I say about this timeless song? It has meant soo much to me since I first recorded it in 1997. I guess you’d call this my “signature song” and one I’m soo proud to sing. Not just because of the music, but because of the powerful lyrics. It’s a song about the prodigal coming back home because of the mercy of God. He’s always waiting for our return when we doubt the way or the truth and wander from time to time. I love that promise that He’ll never leave through it all. I still put this song on every set list I’ve written for my events. And now, I re-recorded it on my new album and gave it a new vibe without taking anything away from what made it so special 16 years ago.
If you could go back and change two events/decisions in your life, what would they be, and why?
Tammy Trent: I wish I could go back and change the events of September 10th & 11th, 2001. If I could, my husband Trent would still be alive. I wish I could go back and somehow help my parents keep their marriage together. Because I’m sure I’d be a different girl had I grown up with both my loving and supportive parents in my life every single day. I’m a Momma’s girl but I sure would have loved to be a Daddy’s girl too.
Person you’d most like to have a discussion with, living or dead…..Deities are excused from this question.
Tammy Trent: My favorite artist and musical influence in my life since the age of 9 has always been Amy Grant. Although we’ve shared the stage together on the Women of Faith tour AND I have her cell number LOL, I would be overwhelmed if I ever had the chance to sit down at a great restaurant here in Nashville with her and enjoy dinner and conversation. That would be soo amazing. I might not even be able to eat! LOL