THE VOICE Season 3 Finalist Trevin Hunte Caps Year With Debut Holiday EP
It's been well over a year since Trevin Hunte, Season 3 Finalist on NBC-TV's hit show "The Voice," first captured the heart of America and blew away judges Blake Shelton, Christina Aguilera, Cee Lo Green and Adam Levine with his powerhouse version of Beyonce's "Listen."
But the 19-year-old New York-born vocal dynamo, who joined 15 other singers-including ultimate Top 3 Finalist Nicholas David-as part of Team Cee Lo, isn't anywhere close to stopping the celebration. And everyone's still listening as he gears up to release his first recordings since his Top Rated iTunes singles from "The Voice," which included "And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going," "When A Man Loves A Woman" and "The Greatest Love Of All."
Hunte has also been a YouTube sensation, with his performance of "Listen" earning 5-Star ratings and over 4.1 million views, and "Vision of Love," his duet with fellow contestant Amanda Brown in the Battle Round, hitting 1.5 million views.
What better way for the singer, who moved from his adopted hometown of Atlanta to Los Angeles in early 2013, to cap the wildest year of his life than making his independent recording debut with a holiday EP?
Co-produced by Jamie Jones of the Grammy Award winning vocal group All-4-One and Jack Kugell (Ronan Keating, Pussycat Dolls, Wayne Brady), the infectious 4-track set includes a stirring rendition of "O Holy Night" and a cover of Wham!'s "Last Christmas," along with two original tracks, the festive "All The Christmas I Need" and "Elevate."
"I had always wanted to do a Christmas album, so when my team presented the idea to me with the holidays coming up, I jumped at it," Hunte says.
Earlier this year, "Elevate" appeared in a Kia car commercial. Hunte, who signed with veteran talent manager Sahirah Uqdah (SU Entertainment), was also tapped to record the song "Rise" for inclusion on the soundtrack to the indie film "From The Rough," one of the last featuring actor Michael Clarke Duncan.
Choosing to go the indie route rather than entertain offers from major labels, Hunte is currently working on his follow up EP, a set of six or seven new tracks which he hopes to drop early in 2014. He has a new single and video set for release in January. The huge following he built from his performances on "The Voice" had made his www.pledgemusic.com fundraising campaign wildly successful, and he has exceeded his financial goal by 15 percent and counting.
"I'm still looking for great material, and I think my fans from the show will be pleasantly surprised with the approach I am taking to these new recordings," he says. "I did a lot of ballads on 'The Voice', but some of the tracks I've been working on are more up-tempo, R&B/pop oriented. I'm getting to do a lot of things I wasn't able to in the competition. Because of the success I enjoyed there, and the way the singles performed on iTunes, I feel a little bit of pressure. But I'm doing the best I can. I'm stepping out in faith again, just as I did when I auditioned for the show and when I decided to move from Atlanta to L.A. this past year to explore new career opportunities."
In his introductory text on his PledgeMusic page, the shy by nature Hunte claims that confidence was always something he struggled with growing up. He talks about stealing his mother's hairbrush and singing at the top of his lungs in the bedroom from the time he was seven, and gives a nod to his idol, the late Whitney Houston, whose smash version of "I Will Always Love You" was the first song he ever heard on the radio.