• Bridney Casillas

Memories & Music with Trey Moore

Meet the New Haven-based Singer & Multi-Instrumentalist Whose Music Tells Personal Stories


By Bridney Casillas

Trey Moore sits quietly playing on his keyboard at his recording studio. Photo by Dave Phoenix.

Trey Moore is a young and gifted singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist born and raised in New Haven, Connecticut. Hailing from a family of musicians, his father, George Moore, is a bassist and his mother Lucinda is a Gospel singer. His brother and uncles are gifted musicians - referring to their talents as being "amazing."


"I’m always making music, that is kind of my daily thing. I have been producing a lot more for other artists, which has kept me busier. I travel a lot more than I did before, that’s pretty cool. I appreciate the new environment," says Trey.

His vocals are smooth and float effortlessly with each song, delivering a delightful production piece to the listener. Most of his songs are based on or inspired by actual events in his life. The crooner explores a wide variety of genres in his music ranging from funk to jazz to disco.


He describes his sound to be "a lot of things," stating that his music can be chill and melodic, and even trippy at times. He uses a heavy amount of synths and guitar progressions, adding a timeless and nostalgic feel to his music.


His latest EP, Goodbye Nirvana, released on October 29th, 2020, explores a mature sound and version of himself. The EP is an intimate peek at his most cherished and precious moments ranging from heartbreak, longing, and soul searching.


The title song, Goodbye Nirvana, written by Trey, was inspired by the highs and lows of being in love. For Trey, it serves as a "reflection on that" and a bittersweet goodbye to a special place and person.


"I spend a lot of time in my head, and I like it there haha. It comes out in the music. Just a lot of me reflecting on the way things were."

During his youth, Trey listened to a wide variety of music and was inspired to create instrumentals in the style of Prince and The Neptunes, a 2000's music production duo comprised of Pharrell Williams and Chad Hugo. Frank Ocean and Blood Orange would later influence his sound in adulthood, which can be heard on his debut project Goodbye Nirvana. "The Neptunes and N*E*R*D changed everything, and I wanted to be just like them."


During his youth, Trey was immersed in the gospel while attending service at the Cathedral of Praise in Bridgeport, Connecticut. Before he started professionally releasing music, he received music lessons at home from his father and learned how to play the piano first.


As a child prodigy, he was gifted a starter Yamaha keyboard on his sixth birthday. Next, he learned jazz fusion and the drums noting at some point he wanted to be Tony Royster Jr.


And finally, he was given bass guitar lessons at home and continued to play instruments as a teenager. While attending Hill Regional Career High School, he became friends with other musicians and formed the group, Blue Mood. Although now disbanded, being a part of a music group enhanced and made Trey comfortable performing on stage.


Trey is actively working on new music, including a few collaborative projects with other independent artists. He spends time in the recording studio weekly and is planning to release new material that will give listeners a classic, timeless, and nostalgic feel.


"I am excited about that, and it's all coming real soon," says Trey.


Trey Moore performing live at The State House, a music venue in New Haven, Connecticut. Photo by @Jollytraceyfilm.

Be sure to follow Trey Moore on Instagram @TreyMooreMusic for updates on his music. Subscribe to his YouTube channel to see his performances and music videos. To stream his music, visit Spotify, Apple Music, and Amazon Music or search for "Trey Moore."

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