Chandler Center for the Arts staff sent a Q & A to Trey McLaughlin of Trey McLaughlin & The Sounds of Zamar to find out more about who he is and how The Sounds of Zamar formed. Opulent harmonies, beautiful vocal blends, and awe-inspiring sound have made them favorites for gospel fans all over the world. Whether it is a tender ballad or an invigorating anthem, you will be rapt by this powerful assembly of voices. A perfect Sunday afternoon performance to feed your soul. Don't miss Trey McLaughlin & The Sounds of Zamar on March 12th, 2023 at 3:00 p.m.!
Q. Can you tell us a little bit about how Trey McLaughlin & The Sounds of Zamar formed?
A. Well after college, I started getting invitations to sing at various places and events. I was pretty shy and nervous about going alone, so I would ask my friends to come along to sing as well. We ended up doing it so frequently people started to request for me to come and bring my group...the rest is history.
Who or what are some of your biggest inspirations?
I have so many! Definitely gospel music... artists like Kirk Franklin and Mary Mary. However, I also love musical theater, classical music, and country singers like Shania Twain. I'm inspired by music that touches the heart.
Do you have a favorite song to perform? Why is it your favorite?
My favorite song to sing/perform is "Optimistic." It's amazing to feel the energy of the group and band. The lyrics are so positive and uplifting.
How has your sound evolved over the years?
I think my sound has become more distinct and refined over the years. I'm grateful for my growth as an arranger and composer. My group has worked hard for me and it has made a change for the better in our overall sound.
What is your favorite thing about performing / being a musician?
I love having the ability to impact people's lives through the arts. Being able to make someone feel better, loved, or understood even for a few minutes makes what I do special not just for them, but for me as well.
If you weren’t a musician, what other profession would you want to have?
I would probably be a therapist or counselor. I seem to function in that way for many in my life.
Do you have any music or art recommendations for us?
I'm totally obsessed with Dear Evan Hansen and old movie musicals right now. I think there are so many musical gems that can be found in them.