From Disney to Dance Floor: Trevor Jackson Debuts ‘In My Feelings’
Adam Flores | Staff Writer
Multitalented R&B artist Trevor Jackson continues to inspire with the release of his first full-length CD, “In My Feelings.” Released on August 28, the singer, songwriter, actor and dancer continues to show his immense talent base and versatility by feeding the souls of his listeners through smooth, crafted lyrics and hypnotic beats.
The Indianapolis, Indiana native belts out what are sure to become timeless classics. In addition to his 2013 EP release, “#NewThang,” featuring the hit “Drop It,” new songs from “In My Feelings” such as “Bang Bang” featuring Kevin Gates and “Rock Wit Me” featuring IAMSU! are sure to be fan favorites along with his last single, “Me Likey,” released in 2014.
With influences that include such legendary hallmark performers like Michael Jackson, Gregory Hines and Donny Hathaway, Jackson aims high in penning out his songs that are mainly influenced by Soul, Gospel, Blues and Jazz mixed with today’s vibe in R&B.
At an early age, Jackson’s family had an interest in basketball, but he realized that he would rather pursue a career in the entertainment industry. Refining his skills landed him stints performing in local and national venues to include a dance routine on the “Showtime at the Apollo” television show taped at the historic Apollo Theater in Harlem, New York.
The catalyst to Jackson’s career occurred at age eight when he made his way to Chicago for an audition with Disney’s Tony-Award winning national tour of “The Lion King.” The trek to the Windy City paid off for the young Trevor. His performance turned into a three-year gig as Young Simba.
After his run with “The Lion King,” he transitioned to television and won the Young Artist Award for Best Performance in a TV Series for his role as Willie Blue in an episode of “Harry’s Law.” Jackson didn’t stop on the small screen.
He is perhaps best known portraying Kevin Blake on the Syfy original series, “Eureka” and for portraying Kris McDuffy in Disney’s coming-of-age hit television movie, “Let It Shine.”
Earlier this year, he had completed filming for the upcoming feature film, “Sons 2 the Grave,” written and produced by Canadian Lynne Stoltz, due out later this year.
In an interview with Vibe Magazine, John Kennedy asked why he chose singing and acting over basketball.
“I feel like I was just put here to do that. I can’t see myself doing anything else. I feel like I can touch more people with music. I’ve been given the tools necessary to be a great musician, a great entertainer and great person that’s gonna inspire everyone. But with basketball, I’m short and I would have to dunk over people and that’s a task right now.”
Many would agree that Jackson made the right decision abandoning a possible career in basketball. “In My Feelings” promises to deliver heartfelt vocals and the street messages of love, life and most importantly, songs “about different kinds of women, how women make you feel,” Jackson said in the interview.
Jackson recently turned just 19 on August 30. Among his many accomplishments thus far, he has yet to achieve his full potential and further solidify his mark in Hollywood and the music industry. “In My Feelings” promises to deliver on all levels and to be another stepping-stone in the rising career of this multifaceted artist.