On August 21st Trevor Hall will release the third installment of his spiritually themed series. This most recent album, titled Kala after the Sanskrit word for time, will conclude the artist’s three-part project that includes 2014’s Chapters of the Forest and the EP Unpack Your Memories that was released early this year.
The 28-year-old Hall has a career arc like no other and his most recent records are a reflection of that. He started getting serious about his music while still in high school, signing a deal with Geffen Records before the end of his senior year. Breaking through with songs featured on mainstream outlets such as the Shrek the Third soundtrack and the opening sequence of CBS’ This Morning Show.
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Recently Hall admitted to being burnt out after a continuously hectic schedule of touring and recording. Taking time away from music in 2013, the Hilton Head Island native returned to his calling rejuvenated and ready to write new material soon after.
The first album he made when coming back, Chapters of the Forest, debuted at the number two spot on the iTunes singer-songwriter charts. A tranquil-sounding record that was inspired by the trips Hall made to India, Nepal, Vermont, and Maine during his yearlong musical sabbatical.
He carried those feelings into Unpack Your Memories, an EP that consisted of a stripped down recording process conducted by Hall himself just on his personal laptop. When we caught up with the artist after his performance at this year’s California Roots Music & Arts Festival he gave us the scoop on the inner-workings of his recent work.
“Chapter of the Forest was the first album where I really felt like I was discovering my sound and my style. I am really eager and excited to see how I grow into that more and more with each album.”
And the first album where he felt like he was discovering his own sound and style was also a complete surprise to fans and media alike. Chapters of the Forest dropped seemingly out of nowhere with the only promotion being a Facebook post the day before.
Kala is a discussion of the concept of time. Hall’s philosophical take aims to dig deeper into the nature of this important subject. Hall explains, “This album mirrors my journey with time… my journey to surrender more deeply to it. ‘KALA’ is about time the healer, time the teacher, time the friend, and all the lessons within.”
The singer-songwriter is currently in the midst of his summer tour, with a few of his notable upcoming performances at the second annual Deepak Chopra’s Global Meditation for Compassion in Carlsbad California on July 11th and the Wanderlust Festival in Lake Tahoe on July 19th (full schedule below). You can pre-order Kala on iTunes by clicking HERE!
Listen: Trevor Hall Performing Unpack Your Memories for Unplugged + Acoustic Set