Trevor Jackson (performer)

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Trevor Jackson
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Trevor Jackson at the 2013 McDonald's All-American Boys Game halftime show
Background information
Birth name Trevor Howard Lawrence Jackson
Born (1996-08-30) August 30, 1996 (age 26)
Indianapolis, Indiana, U.S.
Occupation(s) Singer, actor, songwriter, dancer
Instruments vocals,guitar
Years active 2006–present
Associated acts
Website www.officialtrevorjackson.com

Trevor Howard Lawrence Jackson (born August 30, 1996) is an American singer, actor, songwriter, and dancer.[1] He is best known for portraying Kevin Blake on Syfy original series Eureka,[2][3] and for portraying Kris McDuffy on Disney Channel's television movie Let It Shine.[4] as well as Kevin LaCroix on American Crime . Other notable appearances include Broadway musical The Lion King, where he played the Young Simba, and television guest star roles on both Cold Case and Harry's Law. In 2012, he won the Young Artist Award for Best Performance in a TV Series.[5]

Early life

Born in Indianapolis, Indiana to Cam Baxter and Kevin Jackson, Trevor Jackson is the youngest of two boys. Although Jackson came from a family interested in basketball, at age eight he decided that he would rather pursue his interests in the entertainment industry.[6]

Jackson honed his talents at local venues, performing both within his hometown and nationally including a dance routine on Showtime at the Apollo. In 2004, the eight-year-old Jackson won the role of Young Simba on the national tour of The Lion King musical, where he remained for three years.

Career

2010–11: Career beginnings and Eureka

Following his run with The Lion King, he transitioned from Broadway to the small screen appearing as a guest star in an episode of Cold Case in 2010.[7] In 2011, Jackson continued his run on TV starring in an episode of Harry’s Law for which he won the Young Artist Award for Best Performance in a TV Series for his role of Willie Blue.[8] Jackson later appeared as a guest star on the Disney Channel television show Austin & Ally.[7]

2012–13: Let It Shine, musical beginnings, #NewThang EP

In 2012, Jackson expanded his acting career into film, playing the role of Quincy Smith in the film A Beautiful Soul.[7] That same year, Jackson went on to star in the original Disney Channel television movie Let It Shine as Kris McDuffy alongside Tyler James Williams.[7] Jackson portrayed the best friend and confident of Cyrus (James), an aspiring hip hop musician who enters a songwriting contest and mistakenly wins his best friend's dream. Jackson has completed shooting the film Sons 2 The Grave alongside Darrin Dewitt Henson, Demetria McKinney and Justin Martin.

In 2012, Jackson signed with Atlantic Records continuing on to release his first single "Like We Grown" in February 2013. Due to demand for new music from his fans, Jackson collaborated with producers Eric Hudson, J.R. Rotem and The Underdogs, to create his EP, #NewThang.[6]

In September 2013, Jackson released the #NewThang EP. Jackson followed with his second single "Drop It", which was featured in McDonald’s Monopoly Campaign commercial. To promote the #NewThang EP, Jackson toured with fellow Atlantic Records artist Justine Skye in the High School Nation Tour.[9]

2014–present: In My Feelings

In January 2014, Jackson released "New Thang" followed by a remix to his single "Drop It" featuring rapper B.o.B. In May, Jackson was featured on Diggy Simmons’ single "My Girl."[6] Jackson is currently prepping his debut full-length album for release in summer 2015.[6] Jackson released the album's first single, "Good Girl, Bad Girl", on June 3, 2014.[10] On July 22 of 2014, Jackson posted a lyric video to a track with Kirko Bangz on his official YouTube channel titled "Me Likey" four days before its iTunes release.[11] On August 3, 2014, Jackson partnered with fellow Atlantic Records artist Diggy Simmons on the "Who Else But Us" tour. Jackson premiered the video for "I'll Be Who You Love (This Christmas)" on Rap-Up on December 3.[12] Jackson followed with a new single, "Know Your Name", featuring Sage The Gemini on December 15.[13] Jackson recently appeared as a guest on VINE and vocalist LianeV's new single "Keep Playin".[14]

In early August Jackson released the tracks on his YouTube channel and SoundCloud for stream with a visual for the song "Simple As This". On August 28, 2015, Jackson released the In My Feelings[15] project on iTunes. In September he released the music video for his song "Bang Bang", which features Kevin Gates.

On December 3, 2015 Jackson released a video of "Like I Do" from In My Feelings on Billboard.[16]

Jackson is set to join the regular cast of American Crime in its second season, playing the part of Kevin Lacroix.[17] The season premiered on January 2016 on ABC

Artistry

Jackson cites Michael Jackson, Gregory Hines, Donny Hathaway, Brian McKnight, and the Nicholas Brothers as his biggest musical influences.[6]

Jackson aimed for his debut album to serve as a cohesive unit, saying it was his goal to "make an album that is not just a bunch of singles, but an album that can be listened to from top to bottom."[18] Conversely, he also "wanted every song to say something, to be an experience."[6]

Philanthropy

Jackson supported Snoop Lion’s anti-violence "No Guns Allowed" campaign by releasing his own cover of Snoop Lion’s single "No Guns Allowed", in March 2013.[19] In April 2013, Jackson volunteered at the Ronald McDonald House Charities in Chicago.[20] Jackson participated in the Strike Out Cystic Fibrosis’s Bowling Charity Event on July 29, 2013.[21] Jackson hosted the Duffy’s Hope 11th Annual Teen Youth Empowerment Summit in Dover, Delaware on August 3, 2013. The organization helps provide youth with mentoring, health, education and more.[22] Jackson has also worked with NBA Cares and The League of Young Voters Education Fund.[23]

Discography

Albums

List of albums with selected information
Title Album details
Mrs. Jackson
  • Released: TBD

Mixtapes & EPs

Trevor Jackson's projects and details
Title Project details
#NewThang (EP)
  • Released: September 23, 2013
In My Feelings
  • Released: August 28, 2015

Singles

List of singles, with selected chart positions, showing year released and album name
Title Year Peak chart positions Album
US US R&B
[24]
"Like We Grown" 2013 #NewThang
"Drop It" (Remix)[A]
(featuring B.o.B)
44
"Good Girl, Bad Girl" 2014 Mrs. Jackson
"Me Likey"
(featuring Kirko Bangz)
"Know Your Name"
(featuring Sage The Gemini)
"—" denotes items that did not chart or were not released.

As featured artist

List of singles, with selected chart positions
Title Year Peak chart positions Album
US US R&B
"My Girl"
(Diggy Simmons featuring Trevor Jackson)
2014 Out of This World
"Keep Playin"
(LianeV featuring Trevor Jackson)
2015 Question of Heart
"—" denotes items that did not chart or were not released.

Notes

  • A ^ "Drop It" did not enter the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart, but peaked at number 44 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles Airplay chart, which acts as only radio spins extension to the R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart.

Filmography

Year Title Role Notes
2006 Showtime at the Apollo Himself 1 episode, season 4
2010 Albert! Or, My Life in the Ocean Albert Film
2010 The Way He Makes Them Feel: A Michael Jackson Fan Documentary Himself Film
2010 Cold Case Leon 1 episode, season 7
2010–2012 Eureka Kevin Blake 16 episodes, seasons 4–5
2011 Harry's Law Willie Blue 1 episode, season 1
2011 A Moment of Youth Albert Film
2012 Let It Shine Kris McDuffy Film, main role
2012 A Beautiful Soul Quincy Smith Film
2012 Austin & Ally Trent 2 episodes, season 2
2012 Dr. Phil Himself 1 episode, season 10
2012 The Joey & Elise Show Himself Film
2013 Criminal Minds Tyler Rogers 17 episode, season 8
2015 K.C. Undercover Lincoln Treadwell pilot, season 1
2015 Punk'd Himself 1 episode, season 1
2016 American Crime Kevin LaCroix Main Cast Season 2

References

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  19. "Trevor Covers Snoop Lion's "No Guns Allowed"!". Official Trevor Jackson Official Website. Retrieved 16 August 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  20. http://www.officialtrevorjackson.com/blog/trevor-jackson-ronald-mcdonalds-house-17226
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