Trevor Jackson by Jewel Lewis


This research was conducted by compiling, reading, and analyzing scholarly articles that narrates the accomplishments of Trevor Jackson. Trevor Jackson is a young actress and rising singer/musician/songwriter. Before he began to do music, he was a child actress, so that is what most people only acknowledge him for. He is a great artist that doesn’t receive the recognition he deserves. After analyzing the research I’ve conducted, it is clear that this man his talented in a vast amount of ways, but his music speaks to that.

Summary & Abstract

Trevor Howard Lawrence Jackson (born August 30, 1996) is an American singer, actor, songwriter, and dancer. Jackson was born in Indianapolis, Indiana, the younger of two sons of Cam Baxter and Kevin Jackson. Although he comes from a family interested in sports, at age eight he decided that he would rather work in the entertainment industry. He 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, with which he remained.

He is best known for portraying Aaron Jackson on Freeform original series Grown-ish, Kevin Blake on Syfy original series Eureka, Kris McDuffy on Disney Channel’s television movie Let It Shine, and 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. In 2018, he starred as the lead of the crime drama film Superfly as Priest. 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.

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. He also played in a few shows.


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Musical Styles and Influences

Trevor Jackson cites Michael Jackson, Gregory Hines, Donny Hathaway, Brian McKnight, and the Nicholas Brothers as his biggest musical influences. Trevor  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.” Conversely, he also “wanted every song to say something, to be an experience.”

Music Videos & Live Performances

Latest and Upcoming Projects

Trevor Jackson has released his new project 6 months ago. The album is called Rough Drafts 2, and it’s the sequel to the project he dropped around this time last year, Rough Drafts 1. The album has 13 tracks and features from Diggy and Lil Yachty. With the release of the album, Jackson also dropped his video “In My Crocs.”

According to Jackson, he’s already working on Rough Drafts, Pt. 3. With over 27 million streams in 2018 alone and a sold out 5 city tour that he ended earlier this year, there’s definitely more to come from the young talent as he continues to produce art that’s both honest to him and his truth. 


His first project “In My Feelings” dropped in 2015. Since then, the developing artist took some time to redirect his energy into other creative avenues. He returned with a new music project in 2018 titled “Rough Drafts, Pt. 1” – the project had a different sense of maturity, growth, and sound to Jackson, an avenue that his fans haven’t heard before. From vulnerability to life experiences, we got to hear Jackson’s truth and journey towards adulthood. 

This year, Jackson came back with a “Rough Drafts, Pt.2” – once again embracing the notion of journey, one’s flaws and growth through those idiosyncrasies. Jackson made the entire project in his living room (similar to Rough Drafts, Pt.1) – which means he was quite literally eating, sleeping and living music. He would wake up and just start recording. When asked about returning with a “Part 2” he reiterates that “the title rough drafts basically represents the journey… there’s nothing that happened in my life that didn’t make sense later.” So Jackson makes sure that his art and music embodies that sense of honesty and transparency that he experiences everyday. In speaking of the difference between Part 1 and 2 – Jackson says “The 2nd Rough Drafts, hits a little harder… This one is I think the realest I’ve ever been, in terms of content.”


Once Upon a Time (2011-09-29). “Nice Boy of the Week: Trevor Jackson”. Retrieved 2012-06-19.

 Eramo, Steve (2011-10-25). “Whiz Kid: Interview with Eureka’s Trevor Jackson”. The Morton Report. Retrieved 2012-06-16.

 “EXCLUSIVE: Q&A with Let It Shine’s Trevor Jackson | BOP and Tiger Beat Online”. Retrieved 2012-06-16.

 “33rd Annual Young Artist Awards: 2012 Nominations . Also Has Brothers By The Name Of Ian Jackson And Akarie Folkes”. The Young Artist Foundation. Retrieved 23 January 2013.

 “Interview: Trevor Jackson Talks New Album And ‘My Girl’ Single With Diggy Simmons”. Vibe. Retrieved 16 August 2015.

 “Trevor Jackson”. IMDb. Retrieved 16 August 2015.

 “33rd Annual Young Artist Awards – Nominations / Special Awards”. Retrieved 16 August 2015.

 “Atlantic High School Tour With Justine Skye and Trevor Jackson”. Retrieved 16 August 2015.

 “Trevor Jackson – #NEWTHANG EP Available on iTunes Now. Official Site for Trevor Jackson updates, music, and video”. Official Trevor Jackson Official Website. Retrieved 16 August 2015.

 Trevor Jackson – Me Likey feat. Kirko Bangz [Official Audio]. YouTube. 22 July 2014. Retrieved 16 August 2015.

 “Video Premiere: Trevor Jackson – ‘I’ll Be Who You Love (This Christmas)'”. Rap-Up. Retrieved 16 August 2015.

 Lauren Nostro. “Premiere: Listen to Trevor Jackson’s “Know Your Name” f/ Sage The Gemini”. Complex. Retrieved 16 August 2015.

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