#ArtistToWatch: 10-Year-Old Upcoming Singer and ‘Lion King’ Actor, JD McCrary

By Njera Perkins

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I’m sure everyone tuned into the 60th annual Grammy Awards last night. During the show, we were all blown away by Childish Gambino’s performance after his long hiatus following the release his 2016 album, “Awaken, My Love!” He went with an unexpected track, but nonetheless a pleasant surprise when he performed “Terrified.” However, what really shocked everyone was the young boy who lent his precious vocals on the song. My immediate question was “who is that kid and how did he get a chance to sing alongside such a talented artist?”

Well, allow me to introduce you all to 10-year-old JD McCrary, also known as Young Simba in the upcoming live-action remake of Disney’s ‘The Lion King.’ His voice had me completely lost for words last night and I made it a mission to figure out who he was.

When the cast for Jon Favreau’s film was announced, people raved over the star-studded cast. Donald Glover was cast as Simba, Beyonce as to play the role of Nala, Chiwetel Ejiofor took on the role of Scar, and James Earl Jones reprised his role as Mufasa. Among these familiar names came along a new star in the making – JD McCrary who was cast to bring the role of Young Simba to life. Now before he was chosen for this role, McCrary already had a claim to fame with some pretty big accomplishments for such a young artist.

Prior to his performance last night, he was originally featured on “Terrified” off  Gambino’s 2016 album after sending in a recording as his audition to appear on the album. He also appeared on NBC’s ‘Little Big Shots’ where he gave a phenomenal performance of the Jackson 5’s hit song “One More Chance.”

In addition to these accomplishments, McCrary is pretty seasoned when it comes to the entertainment industry. He’s been singing since he was two years old and has been a star in the making ever since. McCrary has amazing potential to be the next big thing and with his talent he’s sure to go even further in this industry.

Check out his incredible Grammy performance below and be on the look out for more from the young star this year.

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