From: CA, United States
Genre: Hip Hop/Rap, R&B/HIP HOP, POP /HIP HOP
Long Beach, California's “Lil J”, started his career at the very young age of five. He showed signs of natural talent from the very beginning; always exhibiting true charisma and a strong desire to entertain. J’s mother recalls him missing on one Saturday morning, only to find him performing in front of the local K-Mart with a bucket to encourage tips, for his rapping and dancing. He used his earnings to help finance his demo; and thrived on his captive audience, and the reaction that followed.
"I've been around music all my life, you know, singing, rapping, dancing”, says J.
J’s role models were Michael Jackson, Will Smith, Tupac Shakur, L.L.Cool J, and New Edition. Never the shy type or one to pass up on the opportunity to move a crowd. J's deep-rooted drive and determination soon found him at an in-store autograph-signing session for one of his idols, LL Cool J. He boldly re-enacted L.L. Cool J's career; acting a scene from the classic hip-hop film Krush Groove, a then 9 year-old Lil J, spontaneously flipped on his boom-box and broke off a lil' sumthin'-sumthin' that the rap superstar couldn't possible ignore.
"My Mom and I always used to go to functions like that, J remembers. I would rap backstage and try to get myself in, I figured that L.L. Cool J was going to be at Wherehouse; I figured that's how he must have got his deal. He came in there and rapped, and they loved him. So I said, I'll do the same thing, he told me to stay behind and not go anywhere because that night he had a show at the House of Blues, and he would put me on stage with him. It was really cool. Everybody was like, 'That's L.L. Cool J's son!"
Not long after that, J's attraction to the stage led him to talking his way into a concert venue; and onto the stage with the likes of the Fugees. The buzz on J found its way via Richard Tucker to Orlando, Florida-based Trans-Continental Records, the star-making machine behind pop heavyweights N'Sync, The Backstreet Boys, LFO, and O-Town. So thoroughly impressed with the then 14 year-old, they immediately flew him to their Orlando headquarters to perform and record with a stable of writers and producers. He was soon signed to Hollywood Records. Manager of 11 years, Livio Harris, and former Hollywood Records Executive Vaughan Halyard teamed up to release his debut disc All About J, in 2001. Soon after, J went on to record a couple more albums, after his debut disc with Hollywood Records. His new found love quickly became hosting and soon after, acting. He was the host of a series of television specials for Nickelodeon; which aired live from the landmark Nickelodeon Studios in Hollywood. The series featured such Superstars as Usher, Omarion, B2K and Avril Lavigne. In addition, he made guest appearances on That’s So Raven. He played opposite Raven Simone, as her crush, and ultimate love interest. Which was incredible exposure for J; the show has generated over 5 Million viewers to this date.
"It's so strange, I was cast for only one episode, and 17 episodes later, I'm still here”. Explains J. “Acting is obviously a key component in becoming an ultimate entertainer and my role on Raven was instrumental in helping fans connect with my music and vice versa."
J has always kept busy, and also starred in Barbershop's, as a beauty salon counterpart, Norah's Hair Salon (starring Lil Kim, Bobby Brown and Lisa Raye). He went on to do Entourage, Cougartown, (starring Courtney Cox), and Kill Katie Malone (directed by Carlos Ramos Jr.), Detention (starring David Carradine), Burning Palms (with Zoe Saldana and Dylan McDermott), to name a few.
J's most t movie Successful movie to date is a Robert Townsend directed Film called In The Hive; which is considered J's ‘breakout’ role as a respected actor in Hollywood. He plays the lead role with many dimensions, and alongside seasoned actors/actresses such as Loretta Devine, Michael Clark-Duncan, Vivica A. Fox and Roger Guenveur Smith.
Aired 26 Times on B.E.T. and is considered a cult classic.
"It was a lot of pressure being amongst such an incredible cast, and director Robert Townsend, who is such an amazing. He pull so much out of me that I never knew existed in my as an actor”. Says J.
J is definitely not slowing down, he already has offers coming left and right for more and more movies.
J has “HOUSE ARREST” also a hit T.V. Show which launched and is #1 amongst women 14-39, the show is called "HIT THE FLOOR” on VH1, where he acts alongside Actors; Dean Cain, Kimberly Elise, Charlotte Ross and more.
J is also currently the face and voice as part of The Kenya Doll Movement as “Dwayne” Doll.
J and his manager's goal was to formulate our vision as the model created by Will Smith, and his longtime Partner/ Manager James Lassiter, that's part of my motivation as an actor that keeps me on my journey towards success. My goals are to create our own Film and T.V. content, under our own company "IT WAS ALL A DREAM PRODUCTIONS, manage other great actors, which we are already accomplishing as we speak, and ultimately Producing our own projects, under our own Umbrella. Lil J is well on the way of being a self-made entrepreneur, look for him to continually expand and hone his talents, he never sleeps, and at any giving time, you can find him, when not on a set of a movie, in the studio working on his next Album, Mixtape, expect to hear more from his first love soon, which will always be his MUSIC!!! For J this is merely the beginning!
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