Periodico Correo (translated from Spanish)
“Their charm and colorful show created the perfect atmosphere for endless applause and for the Americans to dance and sing their songs at the top of their lungs.”
“With all the spirituality and beauty of gospel, Trey McLaughin and The Sounds of Zamar and the Choir of the University of Guanajuato made the audience at the Cervantino International Festival have goosebumps…While the members of Zamar have been together since childhood. That chemistry was transmitted to the stage and infected everyone present. La Alhóndiga became a whole party, in which the praises were combined with the voices of the choir of the University of Guanajuato and the modernity of the keyboard, the electric guitar and the keyboard. The result made everyone dance, clap and scream with excitement.”
Reforma (translated from Spanish)
“Ambassadors of gospel wherever they go, the singers from Augusta, Georgia, showed how the spiritual musical genre of African-American culture has the ability to summon and move crowds.”
THE SOUNDS OF ZAMAR
Trey McLaughlin & The Sounds of Zamar have carved a unique place for themselves in the music industry through soul-stirring arrangements of contemporary gospel, musical theater, and rich original compositions. The ensemble, organized in 2009, has performed with gospel greats such as William McDowell, Kierra “Kiki” Sheard, Richard Smallwood, VaShawn Mitchell, Earnest Pugh, and James Fortune.
Hailing from Augusta, GA, Trey McLaughlin & The Sounds of Zamar are known for their opulent harmonies and beautiful blends, which are showcased throughout their 2012 album Limitless. The 14-track compilation is sprinkled with ballads and anthems of original songs that will bring inspiration and joy to the hearts of those who listen.
In addition to their distinct gospel style, Trey McLaughlin & The Sounds of Zamar have inspired audiences with clever arrangements of musical theater covers. Always providing a fresh perspective, the group’s sound is truly authentic while capturing the essence of the original piece.
Their robust social media following boasts over 80 million YouTube views.
Trey McLaughlin & The Sounds of Zamar have toured extensively throughout the United States, including performances in major markets like New York City, Chicago, Boston, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle, Austin, and more. Transcending cultural boundaries, the group’s music is sung all over the world. Their international travels have included Paris, France; Krakow, Poland; Menorca, Spain; Rajadell, Spain; and most, recently, Latin America’s biggest cultural event, the Festival International Cervantino in Guanajuato, Mexico (October 2023).
The ensemble’s Fall 2023 tour includes performances at Eastern Carolina University, The Cain Center for the Arts in Charlotte, Clemson University, NC State Live, The Wortham in Asheville, and James Madison University. In Winter 2024, the Sounds of Zamar will embark upon their first Canadian tour, which features performances at the iconic Place des Arts in Montreal and the Isabel Bader Center in Kingston; as well as key domestic engagements at the Oberlin Conservatory, The Kentucky Center, Ball State, and the Flint Institute of Music.
Trey M. McLaughlin is a passionate vocalist, educator, composer, arranger, and clinician. Known for fusing together an eclectic mix of musical genres, he arranges and performs original works with his own touring and recording ensemble, The Sounds of Zamar. Trey currently serves as Director of Worship and Arts at Tabernacle Baptist Church of Augusta, Georgia, and is the Artistic Director of the non-profit performing arts youth group, Creative Impressions, of which he was once a member and Student Director. Trey serves as adjunct faculty at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota, teaching graduate level courses in conducting, vocal technique, composition, arranging, and piano.
Born in Augusta, GA, Trey M. McLaughlin graduated from the John S. Davidson Magnet School in 2002. He attended Columbus State University (The Schwob School of Music) in Columbus, GA, graduating in 2008 with a Bachelor of Music Performance Degree with emphasis in Vocal Pedagogy. Trey is a member and past president of the professional music fraternity Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, and is a former director of G.E.N.E.S.I.S., the Columbus State University Gospel Choir.
In 2014, Trey had the honor of performing and teaching at the L’Opéra de Massy in Massy, France. In October of 2015, he conducted a 300-voice choir in Krakow, Poland as the guest clinician of the annual 7x Festival. Domestically, in January of 2020, Trey led workshops with twelve local Boston choirs, culminating in an electrifying joint performance at Harvard University. Locally, he often serves as guest clinician for Honor Choruses throughout the state of Georgia.
In 2024, Trey will be a featured guest artist/conductor at the Southwest American Choral Directors’ Association (SWACDA) Conference in Denver, leading their gospel honors choir.
As a performer, composer, clinician, educator, and mentor, Trey M. McLaughlin is an ambassador for the Augusta Arts community. His international, national, and local work provides rich cultural and artistic experiences for all of whom he encounters.