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Trevor Jackson brought his RD2 tour to Chicago at the Subterranean, performing songs from both his latest album, Rough Drafts, Pt 2, and from his back catalog.
Trevor is known more for his acting than his musical career. He currently stars on Grown-ish, (which ironically was on air when he concert started), was on American Crime season 2, the Netflix film “Burning Sands,” and stared in the remake of “Superfly” last summer. But while singing may seem like a new endeavor, his actually started his career by playing young Simba in the touring cast of The Lion King musical and released an EP in 2012.
Trevor is the reluctant heartthrob. He knows fans love him for his sex appeal, and many of his songs deal with just that, sex. But he also has a more complex side that he wants to show, with songs talking about stress, other people’s expectation, and dealing with turmoil.
He brought out fellow Freeform star, Cierra Ramirez, to sing their new single “Broke Us.” They both had powerful voices and meddled well together. A lot of times people are weary about actors/singers, but they were both great. Cierra also sang her solo song “Bad Boys.”
Fans went crazy when he sang his songs “Puddles” and “Right Now” which led to him taking off his shirt. Trevor himself was most excited to perform “In My Crocs” because he got to bring out his friends from nearby Indiana, where he grew up.
Overall, I loved the show. His vocals were amazing, and I loved how he had a live band, a thoughtful touch you often to see at all concert. He also showed off his talents on a guitar, and unlike a lot of singers that will just put on a guitar for show, he really did know how to play it.
You can check out Trevor’s latest album, Rough Drafts, Pt. 2, and more photos below.