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On Friday March 29th, Trevor Jackson stopped by the True Star office for a meet and greet while he was in town for a performance at the “Women’s Black Expo”. Jackson is widely known as one of the main characters of Disney’s “Let It Shine”, or as a singing and dancing sensation on his way to bigger things. However, he wasn’t always where he is now. As the journey continues, he remains humble and optimistic for the future.

Jackson grew up in Indianapolis, Indiana where he started on his journey to success. “I grew up regular; I played basketball since I was 3 years old [then] I started tap dancing and I tapped for a really long time and that actually did kind of lead me into where I am now. I was traveling, on stage around the country and people were like ‘yo, we know you can tap, see if you can do something else; sing, dance whatever.’ So, I went back and did this local show called the ‘Beef and Boards Christmas Show’ and from that I auditioned for ‘The Lion King’, traveled all across the nation for 3 years and that kind of lead to everything else.”

Since Jackson’s multiple talents were discovered, life is and continues to become more hectic. “There’s no consistency [in my life] but I can tell you what today was like. Today; I woke up went to [the] radio [station], got done, took a nap, went to another radio [station], went to the show (a performance), after that I came here, after this we drive to Milwaukee and then I’ll probably sleep and it’ll be somewhat like that but it changes all the time. It can be a performance, a skype call, being in the studio, an audition; it just keeps changing.”

He has been featured in multiple shows such as “Cold Case” and “Eureka” as well as the Disney Channel original movie, “Let It Shine” alongside Tyler James Williams. However, Jackson still manages to dedicate a lot of time to his music.

“I just finished up the album which comes out this year and that’s been non-stop [work] like, every single day but we just finished it and I’m so happy with how it turned out; I have some cool features on there so yeah, that comes out this year.”

Jackson says that he enjoyed working with the Underdogs, Eric Bellinger and Elijah Blake but did not give too much away about the features because he wants them to be a surprise, however, he did assure that they are really good and they are people that everyone knows and loves. He went on to express hopes to work with Kendrick Lamar, Drake and Eminem in the future, just to name a few.

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            This year should present big opportunities for Jackson to expand as an artist, actor, performer and dancer. Good luck to Jackson and look forward to his upcoming project releasing later this year.

1. Where are you from?

TJ: I’m from Indianapolis, Indiana.

2. How did growing up there affect your career decision?

TJ: Uhm, I don’t know, I mean I grew up regular; I payed basketball since I was like 3 years old. I started tap dancing and I tapped for a really long time and that actually did kind of lead me into where i am now. I was traveling, on stage around the country and people were like ‘yo, we know you can tap, see if you can do something else; sing dance whatever.’ So, I went back and did this local show called the ‘Beef and Boards Christmas Show’ and from that I auditioned for ‘The Lion King’, traveled all across the nation for 3 years and that kind of lead to everything else.

3. How did Disney discover you?

TJ: Well, Disney didn’t discover me because I had already done work previously and then I did criminal shows like ‘Cold Case’ and I did ‘Eureka’ for two years and that was just a job that I auditioned for like everyone else and I was just blessed to get the role and from that music kind of took over.

4. What have you worked on recently?

TJ:Uhm, I just finished up the album which comes out this year and that’s been non-stop [work] like, every single day but we just finished it and I’m so happy with how it turned out; I have some cool features on there and yeah, that comes out this year.

5. Who are some people that you enjoyed working with?

TJ: I worked with the Underdogs, Eric Bellinger, Elijah Blake; I can’t say the features on there because they’re a surprise but it’s some really cool people, that we all know and love so.

6. Who do you look forward to working with?

TJ: I hope to work with Kendrick Lamar in the future, Drake, Eminem, uhm I don’t know there are so many talented people.

7. What is regular day like with you?

TJ: There’s no consistency but I can tell you what today was like. Today; I woke up went to [the] radio [station], got done, took a nap, went to another radio [station], went to the show (a performance), after that I came here, after this we drive to Milwaukee and then I’ll probably sleep and it’ll be somewhat like that but it changes all the time. It can be a performance, a skype call, being in the studio, an audition and it just keeps changing.

8. What are you actually in town for today?

TJ: Today, I did a performance at the ‘Women’s Black Expo’, which was awesome to be at. There was a lot of beautiful black women there, it was a great performance and I got to meet a  lot of new people, new fans and yeah, it was just a nice little promotional thing.

By: Mina Waight

Written by IVC Productions

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