The ‘grown-ish’ star tells us why his latest album is his best work yet!
Taking a break from his role of Aaron Jackson on the hit television series ‘grown-ish’, triple threat, Trevor Jackson has blessed us with a new body of work in the form of a new album entitled “The Love Language”. Known for his many titles; dancer, actor, and heartthrob just to name a few, he is also a very talented musician with a growing catalog to include everything from emotion-filled love songs to some sexy songs to remind us all that he is, in fact, more than “grown-ish”!
We had a chance to catch up with the superstar to talk about life as an artist during the pandemic, the importance of family, and, of course, his latest music project which debuts today!
What did you learn about yourself during the pandemic while working on this album?
I learned that I do not rest nearly enough and that I need to care about myself. It was during this time that I wrote an album that was vulnerable and s definitely some of my best work for sure.
What makes “The Love Language” stand out next to some of the other music out there right now?
I feel that we have few singers nowadays, we have more rappers than anything and I have some old-school R&B on this album. I also think it is important that everything does not sound the same on an album so I have a wide range of different sounds. I have some up-tempos. I have some slow jams. I have some acoustic vibes. I think the main thing is just love…that feel-good, cozy, fireplace kinda’ love and talking about those things as a man in a way that is not frowned upon because as men, especially black men, we are always taught that it is not appropriate to talk about those things in that way. I think it’s so necessary for survival to be in tune with your emotions.
Is there a special someone or someone that inspired this album that talks so much about love?
It’s love in all forms. It could be a past love or a more current one. It could be the love of family. There is this one song on the album about my mom, my brother, and God so it’s love in all forms. Everything I write is definitely from a personal place.
Can we expect any features on this album?
This album is all me, featuring me.
Are there any artists that you would like to work with in the future?
For sure, I would love to work with Drake, Kendrick Lamar, there are quite a few that I didn’t mention here but, definitely in the future I would love to work more with other artists.
Who are some of the artists that you have in rotation on your playlists right now?
I listen to a lot of country music. I love Luke Holmes, Chris Stapleton. Rascal Flatts is my favorite and Dan + Shay. I also listen to Drake and Kendrick Lamar. I like different sounds.
With you having an interest in all these different types of music and being so diverse in your offering, how would you describe your sound?
I never go into the studio saying that I have to make an album of a particular sound. I go with whatever mood I’m in and I write what feels good. I try to have a variety. As humans, we are too complex so nothing is one note. Some days you may want to listen to love songs and the next day you may want to listen to trap songs. I don’t want everything on any album to sound all the same so I don’t go into it thinking I want it to sound one certain way.
How do you find time for self-care and balance while creating so many things at once?
I think that being genuine and authentic takes about forty percent of the work out of it. I refuse to be anyone other than myself. Trying to be anything other than that is exhausting. I think it takes discipline for yourself, maybe writing in a journal, things like that. Just taking time for yourself and making yourself a priority.
Jackson, who says that he could possibly see himself doing something in the country music genre in the future, says that one of his favorite songs on his new project is Love Don’t Change, a powerful song that was inspired his love of God and his family.
His new album, The Love Language, is available on all streaming platforms today!
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