Seventeen-year-old Trevante Halliburton is no stranger to the hard work demanded of him by the notoriously competitive music industry. While most teenage boys were worried about grades and girls, Trevante was perfecting his craft on the road to stardom.
His journey began in 2005 with a 2500 mile drive from Houston, TX to Atlanta, GA. Looking to take advantage of the opportunities of the thriving music industry in Atlanta, his family established Selsum Records, a family owned record label where Trevante released his first two singles, “That Girl” and “Baby Girl” which were written and produced by his father Joe “Simply” Halliburton.
Soon after the release, he secured a distribution deal with FYE and embarked on a regional in-store tour of the South to promote the records and build his fan base. The FYE tour as well as radio airplay opened the door for future tours as Trevante began an aggressive schedule performing with artists such as Bow Wow, Keke Palmer, B5, and Nick Cannon. Trevante used this time to grow as a performer and let his talents demonstrate how incredibly gifted he was as an artist. “I love performing. I feel like I can just be myself. It doesn’t matter if I’ve had a bad day or whatever is, I can be myself and just let go,” says Trevante. “I love it. It’s the best feeling in the world next to recording.”
Drawing inspiration from his musical influences that include Michael Jackson, Bobby Brown, El Debarge, NSYNC, and the Backstreet Boys, Trevante has been able to create his own unique sound that he compares to a jukebox, “…because you never know what to expect. You can put me under any genre but I just want to make good music so I just call it jukebox”.
His performances and work ethic attracted the attention of industry heavyweights and Trevante was signed to Imani Entertainment Group / Interscope Records in 2010. “He is the total package,” says Manny Halley, President of Imani Entertainment, “Not only does he sing, he is a phenomenal dancer. He is an incredible artist.”
In preparation for his debut album, “I Am Trevante”, which is slated for a 2011 release, Trevante has had the opportunity to collaborate with some of the industry’s elite producers and writers: Chris Brown, Rodney “Darkchild” Jerkins, Diane Warren, Rico Love, Mischke, August, The Underdogs, Harmony “H Money”, Ezekiel “Zeke” Lewis, and Troy Taylor to name a few.
Having co-written many of the songs on his album, Trevante was able to secure a publishing contract with Warner Chappell Publishing, and is very active in the creative process of recording his album. “This album is special because it’s my introduction to the world. It shows my R&B side, my Pop side and just overall good music. It’s about love and purity,” Trevante says of his debut.
One of Trevante’s first singles is “Be Your First”, written and produced by Tank; the record describes the innocence of a young man’s desire to be a girl’s first love. That young love is a recurring theme throughout the album, which exemplifies the message of love and purity, a topic that many can surely relate to.
In an age when most artists are developed online, Trevante is taking the road less traveled by setting his musical foundation on stage and in the studio. A foundation that will undoubtedly make this extraordinarily talented young man a force to be watched for years to come.