Trevor Hall’s self-titled Vanguard debut embodies a soulfulness, depth and passion far beyond the artist’s 22 years. His youthful exterior belies the depth and intensity of an old soul. Trevor’s music is an unconventional mix of acoustic rock and reggae that serves as a vibrant landscape for his thought-provoking, inspiring lyrics. Produced by Marshall Altman (Matt Nathanson, Kate Voegele, Marc Broussard), Trevor Hall encompasses the entire cosmology of this one-of-a-kind young artist, from the opening “Internal Heights,” with its sitar-accented electro-groove, which recalls Peter Gabriel at his most expansive, to the meditative and intimate closer “Many Roads,” in which Trevor seems to be channeling his primary inspiration, Bob Marley. Indeed, “Many Roads” could stand as Trevor’s “One Love.” “We’ve heard there are many paths, but it turns out they all lead to the same place,” he says of the song’s ultimate point.
“These songs are not all where I’m at presently,” Trevor explains. “Many of them are where I aspire to be. With some of them, I feel like it’s somebody else talking to me. When I sing the line ‘Maintain internal heights,’ for example, people might think I’m talking to them, but I’m also telling myself to remember that. ‘Internal Heights’ came about because I have a lot of Rastafarian friends, and they’d always say ‘Maintain internal heights’ as a pick-me-up or a greeting. I really thought about that, because it’s the sum of everything, really, in my life: to try to maintain that internal place where you’re very light, very high on spirit. So I took that idea and went with it. The demo I recorded was very calming, but when I brought it in to Marshall, it went in this uptempo, rocking direction, which I hadn’t expected, but I love it in this form. It’s one of my favorite tracks on the record. It’s also the calling for the record. Every song points back to that one line: maintain internal heights.”
“Trevor’s musical perspective is really his emotional perspective,” says Altman. “Hope, positivity, persistence, faith, joy, love for his fellow man, kindness and a beautiful sense of reckless abandon all embody him as a person and as an artist. Musically, Trevor Hall spans several genres—soul, reggae, pop, electronica, folk—yet the record feels singular in its origin, really. It’s not a sum of its parts; it’s the sum of Trevor.”
Rising from the beautiful beaches and warm tropical atmosphere of the Hawaiian Islands, comes a young, poised, local recording artist with national appeal, potential, and aspirations. Justin Kawika Young is a gifted singer/song writer who, at this young age, has already experienced success in the Hawaiian music scene. After winning first place in a song writing contest in 1995, Justin was given the opportunity to record a local album. Working on the project, Justin gained experience and knowledge in all aspects of the recording process. Showing his versatility as a musician, Justin played keyboards, guitar, and ukulele, and wrote six of the ten songs on the record.
In March, 1996, Justin's debut album released at number three at Tower Records for Hawaiian albums and remained in the top ten for six weeks. Three of Justin's original songs were released, and each spent several weeks as one of the five most requested songs of the day on local radio stations. While promoting his album, Justin performed throughout the Islands. Most notable, was a performance at the Waikiki Shell in front of thousands while opening for the national Reggae group, Big Mountain. Justin has established a reputation in the Islands for his good music and gentle character.
In September of 1997, Justin released his much anticipated sophomore album "Soothe You". The album produced four number one radio hits across the Island chain. At the end of the year Justin was picked by one radio station as the number one new artist of 1997. He also received three Hawaiian Music Award including: "Best Performance By A Rhythm & Blues Artist", "New Artist of the Year", and Honorable Recognition for his version of the classic song "Crazy Love". In July of '98, Justin was selected by Brian McKnight to be one of two local opening acts for his Hawai`i concert.