Courtey of Lauren Dukoff
After travelling across the globe in search of a muse, Trevor Hall will find himself just down the street in Newport Music Hall Thursday at 7 p.m.
His album “Everything Everytime Everywhere” was released Aug. 23 and debuted on the iTunes Rock chart at No. 3, iTunes Top Albums at No. 12 and No. 8 on Amazon’s Movers and Shakers.
This new album is a follow-up to his self-titled album, which was released in 2009 and debuted at No. 7 on the Billboard Heatseekers chart.
“Music is a powerful thing,” Hall told The Lantern. “When touring, you meet so many people. It is nice to see the force music has and to see the music take its own shape.”
Out of the 11 self-written tracks, Hall said his favorite song on the album had to be “The Love Wouldn’t Die.”
Hall said the song is about living a spiritual life in a material world.
“It is musically very different than anything I have ever done,” he said. “I was proud of myself. It took me out of my comfort zone and is emotionally out there.”
His reggae pop/rock songs throughout “Everything Everytime Everywhere” are different and more open compared to his last album, he said.
“With the last album, I was exploring more and didn’t know what I really wanted,” Hall said. “It showed my struggles through my personal and spiritual life. It was very gritty. With this one I had a much greater conviction. I knew exactly what I wanted to do. It is very raw and honest.
“In being very open, in my heart and mind, it allowed me to be emotionally connected music wise.”
Hall is best known for touring or playing with the likes of Colbie Caillat, Stevie Nicks, Ben Harper and Steel Pulse.
Hall said touring with people was a good way to gain exposure and learn pointers and techniques that helped shape his performance.
“It is a good time,” he said. “You make friends for life and is nice to share the stage with artists that influence your music.”
As an artist, Hall said he has to be receptive and open so his inspiration can come from a variety of places.
“It can come from … anywhere: from the people I meet, foreign countries or the silliest of places,” he said
Some of his inspiration came from his trips to India.
“Being (in India), it helped me work through some of the struggles I was going through in my life,” Hall said. “I brought that place that’s very dear to me and expressed those feelings in a lot of the songs that you can hear on the new album.”
Overall, besides meeting new people, Hall’s favorite part on the road was working and making the album with producer Jimmy Messer.
“We really clicked,” Hall said. “He brought different elements to the music. The vibe between us just worked really well which made it enjoyable.”
Hall feels that while headlining his own tour is a lot more pressure, it will be worth it in the end.
“You know that they are there to see you,” he said. “They know your songs which is nice because you feel like you don’t need to win them over.”
Hall said that it was hard to think about plans for the future during his tour around the country.
Hall embarked on his headline tour in late August and will tour until the end of November with stops throughout the continental U.S.
“Just to do what you love everyday is such a blessing,” Hall said.
Alexandria Schanke, a fourth-year in marketing, said she feels that Hall plays music because it is his passion and not necessarily because it is what he is good at.
“Trevor makes it more about the audience,” she said. “It really feels like he is singing to you, and this is where so many artists are lacking.”
Schanke said his new album is a lot “cleaner” than some of his older stuff.
“I feel like this album really focuses on him and his growing as a musician,” she said. “My favorite song on the album is ‘Te Amo.’ The story behind the song is really heartfelt, and not to mention, it is absolutely beautiful.”
With each song being a journey in itself, Hall wants listeners to be open and just hear what they hear.
“Whatever they get from it, that is what I want them to feel.”