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Trevor Jackson Performs at FM Restaurant

Trevor Jackson Performs at FM Restaurant
Kamaria Mason
Contributing Writer

With rugged hardwood floors, a sculpted alabaster ceiling and warm mood lighting, FM Restaurant in Downtown Norfolk served as the perfect setting for Trevor Jackson’s performance on April 15. Jackson passionately sang from his “In My Feelings” album to fans who gathered around the intimate stage to sing every lyric in harmonious unison.

The Indianapolis-born musician has always had a passion for preforming.

“I noticed it first when he was around three or four,” Cam Baxter, Trevor’s mother said. “He was always drawn to a stage, whether it was at church or just around friends and family.”

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Trevor Jackson autographs a fan’s CD at his concert on April 15 at FM Restaurant. Photo by Josef Hicks.

Developing a passion for the arts early in life, Jackson preformed as Simba in Broadway’s 2004 production of “The Lion King” before going on to star in numerous television and film productions, including Disney’s “Let It Shine” and “Austin and Ally.” Jackson most recently secured a role on ABC’s drama “American Crime.”

Known for his smooth dance moves and melodic vocals, Jackson also enjoys playing the guitar and drums. During his performance, he shared that his musical style has evolved since the release of his first EP “New Thang” in 2013. Jackson also said his new album contains more personal songs, some of which are collaborations with his brother and rapper Ian Jackson.

Currently on tour promoting his “In My Feelings” album, Jackson beamed when talking about his previous, sold-out Los Angeles performance with singer Tank. When asked about his musical preference off the stage, Jackson said, “I enjoy all types of music, like Michael Jackson, Rascal Flatts and J. Cole.”

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Trevor Jackson performs at his FM Restaurant show on April 15. Photo by: Josef Hicks.

Positive and easygoing, Jackson credits his balanced personal and professional life to staying around family and friends while on tour.

A musician and performer by nature, Jackson drew in the audience with a palpable energy which filled the whole venue. He and his brother interacted with the room full of fellow music lovers. In addition to his new material, Jackson performed an homage to one of his favorite musicians, Donnie Hathaway, by performing his 1971 hit, “A Song for You.”

Along with continuing his tour, Jackson said he was excited for several movie projects set to release later this year. The multitalented singer and actor shared this advice with others pursuing a career in performing.

“Do it for the passion,” he said,” not the fame. Know why you want to pursue your art and perfect your craft.”