We crowned our first Lens on Talent winner last Sunday when R&B singer Trevanne was selected as the winner of the Music competition and $10,000 from Johnson & Johnson.
BET.com had the chance to chat with Trevanne to get her thoughts on winning, her singing inspirations and plans for the money.
Describe what your reaction was when you saw that you won Lens on Talent?
I didn’t have a voice, I was screaming so loud. You can imagine that I was really happy. Surprised … a little bit, but I believed in myself. I was really happy and sore.
Who did you watch the show with?
I watched it with my kids and my partner. I was afraid to watch it with a big group of people and not win.
How did you hear about Lens on Talent?
On a BET commercial.
When did you first discover your singing ability?
At the age of about 12.
What challenges have you faced in getting your singing career off the ground?
Too many. A lot of rejection. A lot of deals falling through. Just a lot of going to meetings and, “Oh, your voice is great but you’re not what we’re looking for right now.” Or, “We can do something,” and it never pans out.
More important than the money, is this victory going to help get your foot in the door?
Oh yes, the exposure is more important than the prize money. And Rodney Jerkins … his words on my talent is more important than anything.
What are your plans for the $10,000?
I’m going to go to Sam Ash and get a couple of things I need for my home studio so I can start recording myself. I’m going to take some vocal lessons as well.
What singers do you look up to?
Whitney Houston, Mary J. Blige, Stevie Wonder and Brandy.
Where can your new fans hear you sing?
Right now online, they can go on YouTube.com/MissTreStar. I don’t want to do any more performances until I have material. I’m working on that right now.
What do you have to say to the people who voted for you?
Oh my God. You have my heart. I’m so grateful to you guys. Thank you so much for voting for me over and over and over again because it really did count. The Tre-Babies, that’s what I call them.