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JD McCrary

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JD McCrary
JayDon McCrary

(2007-07-18) July 18, 2007 (age 16)
  • Singer
  • dancer
  • actor
Years active2014–present
RelativesJoshua "Josh" McCrary (brother)
Musical career
GenresPop, R&B

JayDon McCrary (born July 18, 2007) is an American singer, dancer and actor from Los Angeles, California. He is currently starring in Tyler Perry's The Paynes as Kenny Payne on the Oprah Winfrey Network. He also provided the voice of Young Simba in a remake of the Disney movie The Lion King (2019).[2]

Career[change | change source]

McCrary began his acting career in 2015 at age 8 on K.C. Undercover, where he appeared on two episodes.[3] In 2016, he made a guest appearance on Childish Gambino's song "Terrified".[4] In 2017, he later appeared on I'm Dying Up Here and Teachers as minor roles. He then had live performances on Little Big Shots singing The Jackson 5's "I Want You Back",[5] The Ellen Show singing "Who's Loving You",[6] and the 60th Annual Grammy Awards to support Childish Gambino's "Terrified".[7]

McCrary stars in Tyler Perry's The Paynes on the Oprah Winfrey Network. McCrary officially joined the Disney/Hollywood Records.[1] He will also be acting as the young Dr. Dre on Apple's Vital Signs and will provide the voice of Young Simba in a remake of the Disney film The Lion King in 2019.[8][9]

In an interview with Vibe magazine, McCrary cited Michael Jackson as his biggest influence, as well as Stevie Wonder, Bruno Mars, Justin Bieber, and Chris Brown.[10]

Discography[change | change source]

Singles[change | change source]

List of singles as lead artist, with showing year released and album name
Title Year Album
"Crush" 2017 TBA
"Inviting All of You” 2018
"My Name”

Guest appearances[change | change source]

List of guest appearances, with other performing artists, showing year released and album name
Title Year Other artist(s) Album
"Terrified" 2016 Childish Gambino Awaken, My Love!

Filmography[change | change source]

Movie[change | change source]

Year Title Role Notes
2019 The Lion King Young Simba Voice role

Television[change | change source]

Year Title Role Notes
2015 Blunt Talk Singing kid Cameo, "A Beaver That's Lost Its Mind" (Season 1, Episode 4)
2015–16 K.C. Undercover Young Ernie "The Get Along Vault " (Season 1, Episode 24)
"Undercover Mother" (Season 2, Episode 20)
2017 Teachers Ayo "Brokebitch Mountain" (Season 2, Episode 6)
2017 Little Big Shots Himself "Memory Lane" (Season 2, Episode 10)
2017 I'm Dying Up Here Adam’s brother "The Unbelievable Power of Believing" (Season 1, Episode 8)
2018–present Tyler Perry’s The Paynes Kenny Payne Main role
2018 Vital Signs Young Dr. Dre Main role

References[change | change source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 "JD McCrary joined the Disney/Hollywood Records Family as the Youngest Male Solo Artist signed".
  2. George, Rachel. "5 Things to Know About JD McCrary, Childish Gambino's Young Grammys Co-Star". Billboard. Retrieved February 21, 2018.
  3. Canter, Brian. "First Look: "KC Undercover" Returns With "Undercover Mother," "Trust No One Episodes". Headline Planet. Retrieved February 21, 2018.
  4. Starling, Lankan. "JD McCrary Is The Precocious 9 Year-Old Singing on Childish Gambino's "Terrified"". The Fader. Retrieved February 21, 2018.
  5. Cheatle, Juliet. "JD McCrary: Who is child singing sensation from Little Big Shots?". Monsters and Critics. Retrieved February 21, 2018.
  6. Reddy, Subba. "Kid Singer JD McCrary Wows with 'Who's Loving You' Performance The Ellen Show". Whatever Life. Retrieved February 21, 2018.[permanent dead link]
  7. Nyren, Eric. "Donald Glover Sang With the Voice of 'The Lion King's' Young Simba at the Grammys". Variety. Retrieved February 21, 2018.
  8. Andreeva, Nellie. "OWN Picks Up 'House of Payne' Spinoff From Tyler Perry". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved February 21, 2018.
  9. Davis, Justin. "The 10-Year-Old Playing Simba Alongside Donald Glover Has A Cooler Life Than You". Complex. Retrieved February 21, 2018.
  10. Jefferson, J'na. "Interview: JD McCrary Talks 'The Lion King,' Working With Donald Glover". Vibe. Retrieved March 22, 2018.

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