Trenton Cokley was born on February 27th, 1989. Trent, as most call him, hails from Columbia, South Carolina, where his parents still reside. Trent has loved music for as long as he can remember and has been exposed to many genres of music however, his love for music began in the Church. As a young boy Trent sang at his Father’s church developing spiritually as well as musically. Some of his favorite artists are; PJ Morton, Marvin Winans and Tommy Sims.
Trent is a recent graduate from Howard University, earning his bachelor’s degree in Audio Production with a minor in Vocal Jazz studies in 2011. During his tenure at Howard University, Trent was a member of the premiere vocal Jazz Group Afro Blue, directed by Connaitre Miller. Singing with Afro Blue afforded Trent many opportunities to sing with Jazz greats such as: Geri Allen, Carmen Lundy, Esperanza Spalding and Many more.
In the fall of 2011, Trent was featured alongside Afro-Blue, (now Traces of Blue) on NBC’s Hit show “The Sing-Off”. There he honed his skills as an ensemble member as well as soloist, captivating audiences with his renditions of popular songs: “I Heard It Through The Grapevine,” “Need You Now” and many others. As Traces of Blue continues to pursue a career as a professional vocal jazz ensemble, Trent also continues his personal love and study of music, audio production/ engineering and ministry. Trent uses his faith in God and the gift of music to inspire and encourage his community. He hopes to use music as a platform to spread the good news of God’s love to an even larger audience in the future.