Trevor Jackson Debuts Powerful Video For 'Like I Do'

Hannibal Matthews
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Trevor Jackson’s powerful new video for “Like I Do” hits close to home, not just for the 19-year-old singer who filmed it in his native Marion, Indiana, but those who have been affected by gun violence.

Exclusively premiering on Billboard’s Facebook, the video for the uplifting track takes the real-life story of Jackson's cousin, Randon (who plays the lead in the video), after he was shot in the leg earlier this year. The visual also serves as a dedication to Jackson’s other cousin, Mark Cotton, who was shot and killed in November.

Jackson took a cue from the epic collaboration that was USA For Africa's 1985 song “We Are The World,” a charity single aimed at fighting hunger in Africa that featured contributions from Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder, Lionel Richie, Kenny Rogers, Cyndi Lauper and producer Quincy Jones, to name a few.

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“When I first started writing to the track, it was almost about a girl and I was listening to it and I was like, ‘Yo, why don’t we make this a ‘We Are The World’-type feel? Something that nobody’s really doing right now,’” Jackson recalls over the phone.

With the recent shooting attacks in San Bernadino, Calif. and Paris, France as well as the gun violence and racial tensions plaguing the country, Jackson says that the “Like I Do” video was not a reaction to anger but rather, love.

“I feel like we sometimes let our emotions and anger get in the way,” he explained. “Yeah, those [stories of shootings] upset me. Yeah, all those things I see make me angry. But I know everything that I do is going to be more powerful and touch more people in a positive way than if I go out there and cause havoc.”

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Jackson's go-hard work ethic has landed him on the forthcoming ABC drama American Crime, premiering at the top of next year. The former Disney Channel movie star says he’s been filming the series for about three to four months alongside rap veteran, Andre 3000.

“Every time I see him, [I’m like] ‘That’s Andre 3000, man,’” he gushed. “I actually played him my music and he was definitely impressed. He was like, ‘Just do you.’ I feel like that’s why people love Andre because he was always him and that was just something I really took from him -- not being afraid to be myself.”

Jackson is also hard at work on his second mixtape, the follow-up to his 2015 mixtape In My Feelings. Watch Jackson bring awareness to stopping gun violence in the visual -- starring his real-life family members -- for “Like I Do” below.

For more Trevor Jackson, listen to In My Feelings below and cop it on iTunes here.