Trey McLaughlin & The Sounds of Zamar
Presented in partnership with the John L. Warfield Center for African and African American Studies and KAZI-FM
Texas Performing Arts welcomes one of the most talked about new groups on the gospel scene!
Hailing from Georgia, Trey McLaughlin & The Sounds of Zamar are known for their expressive vocals and intricate arrangements of classic gospel hymns, transcending cultural boundaries with fresh adaptations of contemporary gospel, pop, and musical theater hits. The group has performed with gospel greats, such as William McDowell, Kierra “Kiki” Sheard, Richard Smallwood, Earnest Pugh, and James Fortune, and their viral videos have garnered millions of loyal YouTube viewers.
…warm, polished vocals and complex jazz harmonies… Trey McLaughlin & The Sounds of Zamar demonstrate that gospel comes in many musical shades and hues.
– Journal of Gospel Music
- The group was featured on Vashawn Mitchell's "Chasing After You" on his Grammy nominated album, Triumphant.
- The group’s founder, Trey McLaughlin serves as the Director of Worship and Arts at The Historic Tabernacle Baptist Church.
- Trey McLaughlin has always wanted to be a choir conductor. When he was young, he used to line up his mother’s perfume bottles up on the dresser and teach them their parts.
- Trey created the group for singing engagements after he left college. He was shy and didn’t like to perform by himself so he’d bring friends along to sing background.
- Trey's musical influences include Carl Thomas, Shania Twain, Tank, Brandy, Jonathan Dunn, Dobbie Powell, Kim Burrell, Donnie Hathaway, Stevie Wonder, and Erykah Badu.