Seventeen-year-old Trevor Jackson is making his way to the top. His recently released hit song, “New Thang,” has garnered him attention from across the country and his new single with rapper Diggy (“My Girl”) is sure to send him soaring. The singer/actor sat down with VIBE magazine this month to chat about his career, his album and more. Check out the highlights below.
On how long he has been acting and singing
I’ve been trying to sing for a long time. I didn’t realize that’s what I wanted to do until I was about seven or eight. I tap danced since I was three years old and that’s all I did. Watching Michael [Jackson] and Gregory Hines, I was extremely inspired by them. The way they touched my life is the reason I am where I’m now and hopefully I can do that for as many people as possible.
On his upcoming album
My EP already came out—it’s called New Thang—but I’ve been in the studio wrapping up. The album is finished; I can’t wait for the world to hear it. I wanted every song to say something, to be an experience. I wouldn’t want anybody to be able to skip. I wanted to make sure people could relate and escape for a little bit.
On why he’d rather sing and act than play basketball
I feel like I was just put here to do that. I can’t see myself doing anything else. I feel like I can touch more people with music. I’ve been given the tools necessary to be a great musician, a great entertainer and great person that’s gonna inspire everyone. But with basketball, I’m short and I would have to dunk over people and that’s a task right now.
For more with Trevor, visit Vibe.com.