Trey McLaughlin & The Sounds of Zamar
February 6 @ 7:30 pm
Trey McLaughlin & The Sounds of Zamar have transcended cultural boundaries with their fresh adaptations of contemporary gospel, pop, and musical theater hits – the group’s music is sung all over the world. Thanks to their viral videos and millions of loyal YouTube followers, they are one of the brightest new groups on the gospel scene today.
In Fall 2012, the group released its debut album, Limitless, which featured 14 tracks of ballads and anthems that simultaneously showcased rich harmonies and the awesomeness of the human spirit.
P.S. Their version of the Hamilton hit song, “Dear Theodosia”, is pure magic!
Wednesday, February 6
11:20 AM to 12:30 PM
McLaughlin will lead a Creative Conversation titled, From Hymnals to Hip-Hop. The program will explore traditional and contemporary forms of African and African-American based music, how these styles help to define a unique culture, and how they become a shared universal experience.
Community Choir Clinic
7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
A special Community Choir Clinic is planned for members of the public –— all ages and, all singing abilities –— to join as McLaughlin and the vocal ensemble lead participants in learning two songs. Those attending the clinic will be invited to sing with the group during the Wednesday evening performance. Please note: Participants must purchase a ticket to the February 6 concert in order to sing during the performance. Please call the Box Office at 1-877-HIT-SHOW for more information and to register for the Community Choir Clinic.
6:15 PM to 7:15 PM
Norton Center Foyer
A Pre-Performance Discussion, titled Music, Spirituality and Storytelling, will focus on the use of songs as a form of self-expression and building community.
Support for Creative Conversations is provided by a gift from Dr. Jeff Johnson, Class of 1995, and Ken Michael.
Trey M. McLaughlin was born in Augusta, GA on March 30, 1984. He graduated from John S. Davidson Magnet School in 2002. While in high school, Trey was a member of Creative Impressions, serving as both President and Student Director of the organization from 1999-2002. He attended Columbus State University (The Schwob School of Music) in Columbus, GA. During his time at Columbus State, Trey was a member of its University Singers and Chorale, and placed second and third in Georgia’s College NATS (National Association of Teachers of Singing) Competition for two consecutive years. In April of 2007, he performed the lead role of Count Almaviva in the school’s production of “The Marriage of Figaro.”
Trey is a member of the professional music fraternity Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, and he is the former director of G.E.N.E.S.I.S. the Columbus State University Gospel Choir. Trey graduated from CSU in May of 2008, with a Bachelor of Music Performance Degree with emphasis in Vocal Pedagogy. In addition to being the Founder and Director of The Sounds of Zamar, a musician, and an accomplished composer, Mr. McLaughlin is a much sought after clinician. In 2014, Mr. McLaughlin had the honor of conducting a Master Class and performing at the L’Opéra de Massy in Massy, France. In October of 2015, Trey conducted a 300-voice choir in Krakow, Poland as the guest clinician of the annual 7x Festival. Trey was also afforded the opportunity to conduct a workshop and perform in Menorca, Spain and Rajadell, Spain. Most recently, Mr. McLaughlin served as the principal clinician and Adjunct Faculty at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota. He has also served as the guest clinician for several Honor Choruses throughout the state of Georgia.
Currently, he serves as the Director of Barefoot Productions, Inc. /Creative Impressions. Trey is also the Director of Worship & Arts at The Historic Tabernacle Baptist Church, located in Augusta, Georgia. He continues his passion for writing and arranging music, teaching piano, and conducting classes in vocal technique.
“It is a group with a penchant for warm, polished vocals and complex jazz harmonies … Trey McLaughlin & the Sounds of Zamar have put together a respectable representation of their capabilities, and demonstrate that gospel comes in many musical shades and hues” – Bob Marovich, Journal of Gospel Music