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Trent Cokley


Trent Cokley hails from Columbia, South Carolina. He graduated from Howard University in 2011, earning his bachelor’s degree in Audio Production with a minor in Vocal Jazz studies. During his matriculation at Howard University, Trent was a member of the premiere vocal jazz group Afro Blue, directed by Connaitre Miller. In the fall of 2011, Trenton was featured as a part of Afro-Blue Vocal Band, (now Traces of Blue) on NBC’s hit show “The Sing-Off.” There, he honed his skills as an ensemble member as well as a soloist, captivating audiences with his renditions of popular songs “ I Heard It Through The Grapevine," "Need You Now,” and many others. Since “The Sing-Off,” he has released his solo EP, "Heal Our Hearts". It is a collection of songs that deal with the societal and relational healing that many long for today. Though he does not consider his art “gospel music”, in the traditional sense, Trent’s music is about expressing God’s love within ourselves, in our relationships, and throughout the community in which we live.

Watch Past Performances

Video 6/11/2019: Trent Cokley: Heal Our Hearts

"Heal Our Hearts" is a musical journey through the process of becoming whole after facing relational and societal setbacks. "Heal Our Hearts" is also the name of Trent's debut EP, which was released in January of 2014.

Presented in collaboration with the DC Jazz Festival.