Trey M. McLaughlin was born in Augusta, GA on March 30, 1984. He graduated from John S. Davidson Magnet School in 2002. While in high school, Trey was a member of the non-profit, performing arts organization, Creative Impressions, serving as both President and Student Director of the organization from 1999-2002.
Trey is a 2008 graduate of Columbus State University (The Schwob School of Music) in Columbus, GA. During his time at CSU, Trey was a member of its University Singers and Chorale. Trey is a member and past president of the professional music fraternity Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, and he is a former director of G.E.N.E.S.I.S. -- the Columbus State University Gospel Choir. In May of 2008, Mr. McLaughlin attained a Bachelor of Science in Music Performance with an emphasis in Vocal Pedagogy.
In 2014, Mr. McLaughlin began his international career, conducting a Master Class and performing at the L’Opéra de Massy in Massy, France. Since then, he has served as the guest clinician for several workshops abroad. In October of 2015, Trey conducted a 300-voice choir in Krakow, Poland, as the guest clinician of the annual 7x Festival. Trey was also afforded the opportunity to conduct a workshop and perform in Menorca, Spain; Rajadell, Spain; and Aarhus, Denmark. At home, Trey has been extended the honor of serving as the guest clinician for Honor Choruses throughout the state of Georgia.
Trey is a passionate solo vocalist -- recognizing the beauty of, and fusing together an eclectic mix of musical genres for all those who encounter his artistry. He composes and performs original works and prolifically arranged covers with his own recording ensemble, The Sounds of Zamar. Presenting what is known as “The Zamar Experience” Tour this Fall & Winter throughout various regions of the United States, the group has recently returned from a national tour coast, ministering to diverse audiences in Davis, CA; Berkely, CA; Stanford, CA; Portland, Seattle, WA; Boston, MA; Tampa, FL; and Jacksonville, FL.
Trey currently serves at Tabernacle Baptist Church of Augusta, Georgia. As Director of Worship and Arts, Mr. McLaughlin stewards and oversees 12 ministries and approximately 250 ministry volunteers. Mr. McLaughlin has taught as adjunct faculty at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota, teaching graduate level courses where he continues his passion for writing and arranging music, teaching piano, and conducting classes in vocal technique.
As a performer, composer and arranger, clinician, educator, mentor and arts advocate, Trey McLaughlin is ambassador for the Augusta Arts community. As such, he was recognized by the Augusta Arts Council as its 2018 Artist of the Year. His international, national and local work in the arts continues to provide rich cultural, artistic experiences for all who encounter his programming.
ABOUT THE SOUNDS OF ZAMAR
Trey McLaughlin & the Sounds Of Zamar has undoubtedly made a name for themselves in the music industry by performing with gospel greats like William McDowell, Kierra “Kiki” Sheard, Brian Courtney Wilson, and James Fortune. Trey McLaughlin and the Sounds of Zamar is fresh off a competition win for their rendition of “Chasing After You,” which afforded them a feature on GRAMMY® award-nominated artist Vashawn Mitchell’s “Triumphant“ (Deluxe Edition) DVD.
Trey McLaughlin and the Sounds of Zamar released their first project, "Limitless" in November 2012 and has since, carved out a lane all their own, providing audiences with what has become known as "the Zamar Experience."
McLaughlin and this anointed group are known for their rich harmonies and beautiful blends. With their expressive vocals and intricate arrangements of contemporary gospel, Trey McLaughlin and the Sounds Of Zamar is one of the brightest and prolific groups on the gospel scene.
In addition to the ballads and anthems giving glory to God one can find on their “Limitless” project, TMSOZ creatively and powerfully arrange and execute covers that are like none other. This group continues to touch the souls of all whom they encounter.