JD McCrary Bio, Age, Career, Songs, Lion King and Interview

Jd Mccrary Biography

Jd McCrary born JD McCrary Larisa is an American singer, dancer and actor from Los Angeles, California. He is currently starring in The Paynes as Kenny Payne on the Oprah Winfrey Network. He will also be the voice of young Simba in 2019’s The Lion King.

Jd Mccrary Age| Jd Mccrary Birthday

JD was born July 18, 2007, Granada Hills, CA, United States. He is 11 years.

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Jd Mccrary Height

He stands at a height of 1.52 m

Jd Mccrary Family

Larisa McCrary JD pictured with his father, Jay West, Joshua and Larisa. JD McCrary was born to James West McCrary and Larisa McCrary in the Granada Hills neighborhood of Los Angeles in 2007. He has an older stepbrother, Josh McCrary, who has appeared in television shows such as “Shameless.”

Jd Mccrary Parents

JD was born to his parents James West McCrary (father) and Larisa McCrary (mother).

Jd Mccrary Career

Acting career
He started his acting career at age 8 on K.C. Undercover, where he appeared on two episodes. In 2017, he later appeared on I’m Dying Up Here and Teachers as minor roles. McCrary stars in The Paynes on the Oprah Winfrey Network. He is set to star in Universal comedy film Little and will be providing the voice of Young Simba in a remake of the Disney film The Lion King in 2019. McCrary was cast to portray a young Michael Jackson in the BET series American Soul, which premiered in February 2019.
In December 2016, he made a guest appearance on Childish Gambino’s song “Terrified” He then had live performances on Little Big Shots singing The Jackson 5’s “I Want You Back”, The Ellen Show singing “Who’s Lovin’ You”, and the 60th Annual Grammy Awards to support Childish Gambino’s “Terrified”. In December 2017, he sang the national anthem before a Los Angeles Clippers game after a viral singing display a few weeks prior. On January 14, he released his first official called the single “Inviting All of You”. On August 13, 2018, it was announced that JD McCrary became the youngest artist to sign with Disney Music Group’s Hollywood Records, as he released the music video to his second single “My Name” on August 28. On January 24, 2019, he released the first single after signing to the label called “Keep in Touch”.

Jd Mccrary Songs

Keep in Touch
Inviting All Of You
My Name

Jd Mccrary Childish Gambino

Childish Gambino and JD McCrary perform onstage during the 60th Annual Grammy Awards at Madison Square Garden on Jan. 28, 2018.

Jd Mccrary Movies

2019- Little as Isaac
2019- The Lion King as Young Simba

Jd Mccrary Films

  • 2015- Blunt Talk as Singing Kid
  • 2015 to 2016- K.C Undercover
  • 2017-Teachers as Ayo
  • Little Big Shots-Himself
  • I’m Dying Up Here-Adam’s brother
  • 2018 to Present- Tyler Perry’s The Paynes-Kenny Payne
  • 2019-American Soul- Young Michael Jackson

Jd Mccrary Singing Lion King

He starred as Young Simba in the film Lion King

Jd Mccrary Singing National Anthem

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Jd Mccrary Interview

Interview: JD McCrary Talks ‘The Lion King,’ Working With Donald Glover

Adopted from: vibe.com
VIBE: When did you realize you had talent as a performer?
JD McCrary: I realized I had talent as a performer when I was at least four or five years old, because I started singing. I was inspired by Michael Jackson and he taught me a lot of life lessons.
Amazing. Did you ask your parents if you could start going on auditions, or you were just like, “I’m gonna do it.”
Actually, it’s kind of both! My parents, they were cool with it, and I did it!
It didn’t take any convincing or anything? They were accepting?
So, you sing, you act, and you dance. What is your favorite out of the three and why?
Singing, because my whole family sings, and I just wanna inspire people with my music.
Do you ever get nervous when you sing or perform, or you’re over that now?
Oh, never. I don’t think I ever get nervous, because I always feel like I’m just performing for people. We’re all human!
That’s what you like about performing too? Performing in front of people and giving them something that they enjoy?
Yeah, absolutely!
Who are some of your influences besides Michael Jackson?
My influences are Stevie Wonder, Bruno Mars, Justin Bieber, and maybe even Chris Brown.
You have some good taste, kid.
[Laughs] Thank you!
You’re playing Young Simba in the upcoming, live-action remake of The Lion King. Tell me a little bit about that. Was it an audition, or they called you and told you right off the bat that they wanted you?
I did have to audition. There were thousands of kids who were [there], and I was in Atlanta at the time, shooting my TV show [The Paynes]. It was a self-tape that I had to do. I booked it, and luckily, the week later, Tyler Perry said we could go home, we had a break. So, I went home to Los Angeles, and I went straight to the studio and started recording.
That’s amazing. So it was right away. You must have really impressed them.
Yep, thank God.
You’re still pretty young, but were you familiar with the movie and the songs from the cartoon? What are some of your favorite Disney movies?
Yes, very familiar. I love the movie! My favorite Disney movies would have to be, of course, The Lion King, Aladdin, and…I like Cinderella, it’s pretty good.
So, how is doing voiceover different from doing regular acting?
It’s very different because you don’t really have to use and body language. You have to get all the action done with your voice. And I get to wear whatever I want!
You’re going to play Young Simba, and Donald Glover, whose album you sang on, is playing Adult Simba. I know you technically haven’t met him yet, because you Skype’d when you were working on his album. Do you think you’ll finally meet him?
Yes, ma’am. I think I’m gonna meet him, and it’s just gonna be a great time.
How did he get in touch with you to sing on his album?
I think he e-mailed my e-mail account, and we accepted! We went to the studio, this guy named Beethoven, his name is based off the composer, he did the recording. I finished it in about two hours!
How has the feedback been for you since being on his album?
It’s been very positive, and very, very great things have been coming after that. It had a very great impact on my life.
What was your favorite song on that album besides yours?

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