Jason Trout is an American singer/songwriter, originally from Marion, Indiana. He first came to prominence recording and performing as The God Star Social, both as solo projects and with a rotating cast of musicians. Since 2010, he has played shows under his own name in and around his current hometown of Dayton, Ohio.
Trout was born in Marion, Indiana in 1972. He started writing songs and making home recordings as a teenager. He began performing regularly while in college and recorded and released three albums with two different projects from 1993-1995. He graduated from Ball State University in 1995 where he studied theater. Trout then moved to Austin, Texas and continued to perform and record. In 2001, he started playing solo shows as The God Star Social and released JAM ECONO EP under the name. He relocated to Knoxville, Tennessee in April 2002 where The God Star Social became a four piece band and became a regular draw at local and regional clubs. The band garnered national praise with the release of its debut full-length DECIDEDLY LO-FI/REVOLUTION AND STATIC SKY in August 2003. Trout then spent several years on the road, touring the country both solo and with different line-ups of the band, and releasing two more albums as The God Star Social, 2006's THE HAPPIEST SAD SONGS IN THE WORLD and 2008's THIS IS OUR TIME TO BE ALIVE.
Trout moved to Dayton, Ohio in 2009. He began playing solo, acoustic shows and making lo-fi home recordings of new songs in 2010. Two full-length Jason Trout projects are planned for release in 2013.