Trevor Castell was born and raised on the roughest streets of one of the most notorious ghettos in Jamaica, Kingston 11 aka Waterhouse/Firehouse,on Oct. 31,1961.
He is the younger brother of the late Youthman artist Lacksley Castell, who cut albums of distinction such as Morning Glory, Princess Lady and Jah Fire.
In 1978 Trevor wrote the song "Children of the Israelites" aka "Jah Children" for Lacksley's debut recording for Augusta Pablo, which was recorded on the Hungry Town Label. During that time Trevor and his family lived literally next door to Don Carlos and the legendary King Tubby Studios on Drumalie Ave. So growing up he’d always been exposed to the whole culture of Jamaican music and its evolution to reggae, Trevor was inspired by such artists as his brother Lacksley, Yabby U (Vivian Jackson), Prince Allah, Jackie Edwards, Don Carlos, Cornell Campbell and Delroy Wilson. When the Castell family moved to Duhaney Park, King Tubby purchased the Castell residence for his mother to live in.
At the young age of 14, Trevor was already hanging out in the rough streets of the ghetto. In the streets people knew him as "Stella" a nickname that is a derivative of his last name. Though considered the "thug" of the family his true desire and ambition was to be a singer. He would go to rehearsals with Don Carlos where the Wailing Souls would practice. Don Carlos and Garth Dennis are the ones credited with giving guidance and inspiration towards the growth of both Trevor and Lacksley as Reggae musicians. Don Carlos more so, because it was he who kept Trevor motivated until Don himself got his big break. Trevor also credits his mother and father, Theresa and Winston Castell, who always provided encouragement, faith and the "never give up your dreams" inspiration.
Trevor got his first break when best friend, David "Sugar" Lee son of legendary producer Bunny "Striker" Lee, convinced his father to give Trevor a chance to record his own music. In 1983 Trevor broke out with his debut single "Cool and Deadly", recorded on the Gorgon JA and Shuttle UK labels. That same year he recorded "Dance Up A New Kingston" which happened to be the quickest song he ever wrote. The song was inspired by the clash between Jamaican radio disc jockey Barry G and English radio disc jockey David Rodigan. He also did a tune on a 12" called "Well Fare" on the Mustak label distributed by Dynamic Sounds as well as an album for KIBWE Music in Washington DC, manufactured by RAS records called "Sugar Minott - Trevor Castell in Reggae International, which was a compilation of artists that was produces by Ras Jesse and mixed by renowned studio engineer Scientist (once protégé of the legendary “Dubmaster” himself King Tubby). Trevor did 2 tracks on the album entitled "Gypsy Woman" and "Mr. Carpenter" a song that was co - written by little brother Clifton "Bud" Castell. Other tracks on the KIBWE label still yet to be released are "Joker Lover", "Stranger", "Dance the Reggae", "Oppression" and "Ram Dance Master".
From the late 80's to the present we didn’t hear much from Trevor, due greatly to the passing of his brother Lacksley. Since their bond was so close things were not the same for him anymore, and the "vibe" for the music was no longer there, even though he was in a good musical fraternity like the Bunny Lee Camp to make him excel as singer in the business.
Today Trevor says he's ready to get "back to basics" and be brave once more. The courage and inspiration to hold the mic again are what his brother, his family and most importantly Trevor are all about, Trevor now resides in Miami with a family of his own and is ready to embark on his career as a Reggae artist, on a mission as a bona- fide legend.
Trevor Castell is once again ready to make the music of today and tomorrow.
(J. “Pisces” Langit/ Graphic Artist and friend
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