R&B singer Trevor Jackson likes ‘good music’

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Turn up: Trevor Jackson pumps up the crowd during his performance

BY DYLAN HAWRYLAK

Staff Writer

Trevor Jackson, an R&B singer from Indianapolis who has been in show business since age 9, performed at Baldwin as part of the John Lennon Bus and High School Nation tour on Thursday. Before his performance, he sat down with the Purbalite for an interview. 

Question: Who are some of your favorite people in music?

Jackson: Usher, Brian McKnight, Rascal Flatts, and Hunter Hayes. I’m a fan of good music. I’m also influenced by good music. Ray Charles and Michael Jackson are huge influences on me.  

Q: Who pushed you to pursue a career in music?

Jackson: I was always the main person pushing myself because if you don’t do it, nobody’s going to do it. My mother supported me, but it was me that persevered through all the doubt I received. 

Q: What is the best advice somebody has ever given you?

Jackson: To keep God first, because I think all other things fall into place after that. Thinking like that keeps me humbled.

Q: Do you get nervous when you perform?

Jackson: I don’t get nervous to perform. I get nervous to not do my best,

Q: What is the biggest crowd you have ever performed in front of?

Jackson: When I was younger, I danced in the Lion King, which led me to performing in front of 12,000 people in Mexico.

Q: Have you met anybody really famous?

Jackson: One time I was in the studio and R. Kelly walked in to hear my stuff. I was so excited. Meeting somebody that has written so many hits was awesome.

Q: Do you have any superstitions you carry out before you perform?

Jackson: I need to pray before I go on and I also use this special singing spray from Whole Foods. I don’t even know if it works, but it’s more of a mental thing.  

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Q and A: Jackson answers questions under the press tent
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Sweet Serenade: Jackson sings to the student body