Episode 190: Raised on an island in South Carolina, singer/songwriter Trevor Hall realized at a young age that music was more than just a passion – it was, rather, his life’s art. At sixteen, he recorded his first album, soon after which he left South Carolina for Idyllwild Arts Academy in California. There he studied classical guitar and was also introduced to the practices of yoga and meditation, which would greatly influence his life and his music. Hall’s music, a blend of roots and folk music with hints of inspiration from India, has led him to a series of sold-out tours and collaborations with artists such as Steel Pulse, The Wailers, Jimmy Cliff, Matisyahu, Michael Franti, Xavier Rudd and Nahko & Medicine for the People.

Trevor Hall’s Chapter of the Forest (2014) and KALA (2015), debuted at #3 and #2 on the iTunes singer/songwriter chart respectively. He is currently touring around the US and Australia. While on tour, Hall collects donations to support children’s education in India. Hall’s latest album, The Fruitful Darkness, became the #1 Kickstarter Music campaign of 2017 (#30 of all time out of 53,000 Music projects) and is being released in three song installments on specific lunar ☾ dates, culminating in a 14-song deluxe edition release,June 1st 2018. January 2018 will also see the debut of the single/video, “What I Know”.

Show notes:

  • How Trevor Hall grew up in an environment filled with music, creativity and instruments
  • The beautiful encouragement (rather than pushing) he received from his parents when it came to music
  • Trevor’s philosophy with love in the world
  • The gift of giving love to someone without expecting a certain something in return
  • A powerful parable for setting boundaries with people in your life: saluting the tiger from a distance
  • Saying yes to everything is a form of spiritual bypassing
  • “Love goes outward and it also goes inward”
  • “The Divine Mother has so many children and they all have different stomachs.” > it’s important to know that what one person does may not be the best for you
  • Trevor’s meditation practice
  • Being able to keep some things to yourself as a way to make them even more sacred
  • Music is Trevor’s “I Am”; it is not an identity he’s trying not to be attached to. It is inseparable from his being.
  • Why he loves traveling to the spiritual city of Rishikesh, India
  • Must-read book: By His Grace by Dada Mukerjee

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