Trey Kennedy is a guy who became known for creating hilarious videos on Instagram and Facebook. Humor isn't the only thing he's good at: his singing voice gets a reaction as well. This has led him to launch a kickstarter to fund his new musical venture, which will take the form of a new EP.
Trey took some time to share with NRT about being a witness for Christ in this industry, his upcoming music project and more.
I was first introduced to you on Instagram with hilarious videos about fathers who try to be cool. In this ever changing and wacky world of social media, what prompted you to start producing videos?
I actually started on Vine back in 2013. I was goofing around with friend and got very into it. One of the videos went viral, and I had over 100,000 followers in a week. It kept going, but Vine died. I wanted to continue, so I moved on to Instagram and Facebook. The same deal happened with those two outlets. One of my videos went viral, and it was shared around a lot.
You have done a few hilarious videos with King Bach, and you have many followers who are not Christians. How do you maintain your witness as a Christian while not pushing people away?
I stay true to myself in what I believe. Hanging around King Bach (who is a really nice guy) and doing videos with him is fun. He does some videos that may not reflect my values as a Christian. He's still a good dude. I just let him know up front that I keep my videos clean and G-Rated.
I have developed a reputation with my followers who know I am a Christian. I try to develop content that is uplifting and fun. I don't put anything inappropriate in my videos, and most people respect that, which I found to be a nice surprise.
We see the fame and the end result of all the viral YouTube, Instagram, etc videos from people like you. However, what are some of the drawbacks or difficulties that come with this type of work?
It is easy to get caught up in it. At first I was doing it for fun and being goofy, but now this is how I make my living. I get caught up in not having enough likes or not having as many followers as I would like. On the flip side, you can get prideful. Celebrities talking to me and having many followers. You can get a taste of "fame." As a Christian, that can bother me, and so it is all about staying grounded. So I just try to make it fun and spread the positivity.
What can you say to youth who want to be in this industry? It is growing, and I can see why people want to do it. It is sort of this new section of Hollywood. Sometimes I get a little jealous of my friends who are working a 9 to 5 job. People just click on videos, but they don't see that it takes a great deal of work and time to make them. They are creative and funny. If you want to do this, go for it! It is not as easy as people think it is.
Singing is becoming a normal part of your schtick, and you have a really good voice. There is a music project on the horizon. Can you tell us about that?
Vine got me out of my comfort zone. I started singing in front of people in college. I felt like God gave me a talent, and I am not going to hide it because I am shy or scared. Then I thought it would be fun to make some music, which I did. I put out an EP last year, and I got some good reactions from that.
Now I have a project that is about to get going. It is a new EP that I am working on with a producer out of Oklahoma. I am also bringing in a couple of songwriters who have written for several big name artists such as Adele and Frank Ocean. With that comes a huge expense. Since I am on social media, I got a thought to have a Kickstarter and see if my follower would like to help me cover the cost. I am not an established artist, but I am going for it; we'll see if it can be a start to something else.
How did you get your start as far as singing is concerned?
That's a funny story. None of my family are singers. I was a shy kid, and sure I liked singing in the shower and in the car. It wasn't until I was in college and I had some musically gifted friends who noticed my singing along with what would be on the radio. They said that I could actually sing, and they encouraged me to go for it. I entered in a local charity event and the reaction was great. I thought that I should maybe use my voice more.
So I have been singing more, and I just want to sing and make music whether this new project goes well or not. It will be fun, and I believe some will enjoy. I want to continue to sing for the rest of my life. That's whether I am on a stage in front of a huge crowd or singing at a small church on Sunday. I'll use it where God wants it to be used.