CLAYTON -- Music has always taken center stage in Trevor Horton’s life. The Rochester, NY native recalls learning to play the piano before his feet could barely even touch the pedals. The sounds of family members singing filled his home and absorbed into his subconscious.
Today, the local singer and songwriter is hoping to make a break into the music industry with the release of his debut CD, “Stars In Between.”
“Music has always been a part of my life,” said Horton. “Growing up I was big into musical theatre. It was my hobby and I did that 24/7.”
His focus shifted to songwriting during his years at Carnegie Mellon University. Horton, 32, credits a piano instructor at the school with realizing that he wasn’t too keen on playing scales and encouraged his songwriting aspirations. His father purchased a keyboard and 8-track recorder for Horton to work with at home.
“I just went to town and started writing and experimenting with sounds,” he explained. “I listen to it now and just cringe at these 8-minute long songs. “
With patience and a lot of trial and error, Horton improved his craft and by his estimation compiled hundreds of songs. A year and a half ago, the Clayton resident sent off a fully produced CD to independent music label, Tate Music Group.
“I thought it was time for me to become more serious with my music,” said Horton, who by day works for a local Terminix office. “I sent them my songs and they were interested in me.”
That material became “Stars In Between”, a 13-track disk with songs and music written and performed entirely by Horton. One tune, “The One” was contributed by brother, Teague, and based on a poem penned as a proposal to his future wife.
Material for the CD was written as early as 2004. It’s hard to pin down his musical style with songs containing jazz, bluegrass, Latin and rock and roll influences. Horton recorded all the tunes at home using a laptop, microphone and keyboard.
“It’s amazing how portable things are now and the quality you can achieve,” he said. “You don’t need to go to a $20 recording studio to get the same results. I was able to get real drum and bass guitar sounds just by using a keyboard.”
Just last month, the married father of a 9-month old daughter, Madeline, put together a band of season musicians and began performing around the Raleigh area.
“I haven’t been in a lot of bands,” Horton said. “This is new for me. Songwriting is something that comes naturally for me. I’m thrilled and this is a dream come true that I helped create for myself.”
Ultimately, his goal is to make a career out of singing his own material or writing songs for other artists.
“I’m not in this for fame or fortune,” he said. “To be able to do this full time and pay the bills and put food on the table with my music would be my biggest success.”
“Stars In Between” is now available on-line as a digital download.