THE LARIAT / BAYLOR UNIVERSITY
Fan: Trevor's an old soul, and he's only 22 years old
Nov. 4, 2009
By Taylor Harris
Turn on your iPod, click Trevor Hall, sit back and close your eyes. In these four simple steps, you will be transported to a swaying hammock on a Caribbean beach with no worries in the world.
This carefree tranquility is balanced with powerful, heartfelt words that turn this musical experience into the total listening package.
Trevor Hall, a young lyrical mastermind, is making quite the name for himself.
"Trevor's an old soul, and he's only 22 years old," said Ken Phillips of Ken Phillips Publicity Group. "He was made to be a musician and will be around for many years to come."
That is the track that Hall is on. Since September, Hall has toured with stars such as Michael Franti and Spearhead, Colbie Caillat and most recently Matisyahu. Now, he is making pit stops along the way to play his own shows.
This optimistic, loving soul not only makes music that will catch the attention of any wandering ears. His music also seems to define who he is. When he writes, he composes his beliefs, morals and ideas into beautifully poetic lines.
With worldwide sensations such as Bob Marley and Jack Johnson as influences, one can assume Hall is the epitome of a thought-filled mind.
"I'm a positive, uplifting musician. I just want to make people feel good with my music and inspire people," Hall said. He does just that.
His recent release with Vanguard Records, Trevor Hall's self-titled debut, is overflowing with substance and head-nodding beats.
"I kind of catch them first. Then, I open a can of worms on them," Hall jokes.
He claims that this album is really defined with themes of "coming together, unity and internal oneness." With these concepts prevalent, the vibe of the album is unique. Trevor is able to preach sermons while maintaining a reggae-like atmosphere.
McKinney sophomore Laura Shaheen, who watched him perform at Stubb's in Austin with Colbie Caillat, agrees whole-heartedly.
"Watching Trevor Hall was like stepping into the local coffee shop. He has this inviting Indie vibe that just warmed you up inside," Shaheen said. "He was really engaging and kept the crowd stoked. Overall, he left an impact through his music and lyrics. I think that's a rare quality, but an important one."
As spiritual as this up-and-comer is, Hall surprisingly does have one slight downfall: reality television. However, he is trying to live above this vice by not owning a TV.
Trevor Hall is truly a name to remember. One listen and he will have you tapping your toes to the beat of his songs. Two listens and he will entangle his beliefs around your own and have you striving to live life to the fullest. That is how genuine his words are.
Although Hall hit his only Texas stops last month with Colbie Caillat, he will be touring on his own next year.
Hall plays in Little Rock, Ark. Sunday. For more information on Trevor Hall, visit www.trevorhallmusic.com.