Leon Thomas III

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Leon Thomas
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Thomas performing in November 2013
Background information
Birth nameLeon G. Thomas III [1]
Born (1993-08-01) August 1, 1993 (age 27) [2]
Brooklyn, New York, U.S.
Genres
Occupation(s)
  • Actor
  • record producer
  • singer
  • songwriter
Instruments
  • Vocals
  • piano
  • guitar
Years active2003–present
Labels
Associated acts

Leon G. Thomas III (born August 1, 1993) is an American actor, record producer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and singer, who is currently signed to Columbia and Rostrum Records. He is best known for portraying Andre Harris on the Nickelodeon series Victorious (2011) and the singing voice of Tyrone from seasons 2-3 of The Backyardigans. After the show's cancellation, he sought success as a member of the production duo The Rascals.

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Early life

Leon G. Thomas III was born on August 1, 1993 in Brooklyn, to Jayon Anthony and Leon Thomas II. [1] [4]

Career

2003–06: Broadway and career beginning

He made his Broadway debut at age 10 [1] in 2003 as Young Simba in the Broadway production of The Lion King . In 2004, he appeared as Jackie Thibodeaux in the original Broadway cast of Tony Kushner's Caroline, or Change . and toured with the company during its five-month run in Los Angeles and San Francisco. Thomas also performed in the Broadway production of The Color Purple .

2007–09: August Rush and television appearances

In 2007, Thomas appeared in the film August Rush as Arthur, performing the song "La Bamba", and was the singing voice for Tyrone in The Backyardigans . Thomas has also guest starred on Jack's Big Music Show and Just Jordan . He also appeared as Harper in the iCarly episode "iCarly Saves TV" and was featured on The Naked Brothers Band Christmas Special.

2010–12: Victorious and musical career

He played a main character on Victorious , portraying Andre Harris, which premiered on Nickelodeon on March 27, 2010. Thomas also appeared as Andre Harris in the crossover episode between Victorious and iCarly, "iParty with Victorious". He also appeared as himself in an episode of True Jackson, VP . On August 2, 2011, the album "Victorious: Music from the Hit TV Show" was launched, with Thomas featured in the songs "Song 2 You" (written by him) and "Tell Me That You Love Me". On June 5, 2012, "Victorious 2.0: More Music from the Hit TV Show" was released, with Thomas featured in the songs "Countdown" and "Don't You (Forget About Me)". The Victorious television series ended production in July 2012 and the show's final episode aired on February 2, 2013.

2012–present: Mixtapes and production work

In 2012, Thomas started to record his first mixtape called Metro Hearts ; [5] it was released on August 1, 2012. [6] Songs on the mixtape Metro Hearts include "Forever", "Bad", "Moving On", "Vibe", "Like Clay", and "Never Look Back". The mixtape also included a cover of "Take Care" by Drake. The cover is by Leon Thomas featuring Ariana Grande. [7]

Leon Thomas co-wrote the song "Ain't No Other Me" for the British group Stooshe, which features as a deluxe edition track on their debut album, London with the Lights On . Thomas co-wrote four songs on Ariana Grande's 2013 album "Yours Truly". He also co-produced five songs on Yours Truly, in addition to the song "Last Christmas" from Grande's Christmas Kisses EP, as a member of production duo The Rascals. [8] Additionally, his work in production as a part of "The Rascals" was included on the Grammy award-winning album Love, Marriage & Divorce. His contribution is as a writer on the song entitled "I'd Rather Be Broke" performed by Toni Braxton.

On September 24, 2013, Leon Thomas released a new single, "Hello How Are You", featuring Wiz Khalifa. A second single, "Chill," is to be released soon. [9]

On January 1, 2014, Thomas released a new mixtape, V1bes , under the name Leon Thomas, via Datpiff. [10] He also announced that a music video for his single, Hello How Are You, was in the works.

In 2016, he served as a co-producer for Post Malone's album Stoney .

In 2017, he appeared in the Kathryn Bigelow-directed film Detroit .

Filmography

Film
YearTitleRoleNotes
2003Robin and RogerBoy"The Plan" (Season 1, Episode 3), 9-episode-series
2007 August Rush Arthur [11]
2010 Rising Stars JR
2014 Bad Asses Tucson
2015 Runaway Island Evan Holloway
2017 Detroit Jerry
Television
YearTitleRoleNotes
2006 Just for Kicks Ty2 episodes
The Backyardigans TyroneSinging voice (seasons 2–3)
2007 Just Jordan RonnieEpisode: "Revenge of the Riff"
Jack's Big Music Show LeonEpisode: "Laurie's Big Song"
2008, 2011 iCarly HarperEpisode: "iCarly Saves TV"
Andre Harris Crossover movie: "iParty With Victorious"
2008 The Naked Brothers Band Leon WilliamsEpisode: "Christmas Special"
2010 2010 Kids' Choice Awards HimselfWith the cast of Victorious
2010–13 Victorious Andre Harris Main role, 57 episodes
2011 True Jackson, VP HimselfEpisode: "True Fame"
2011 Kids' Choice Awards With the cast of Victorious
2012 Figure It Out Panelist (Episodes 20, 23, 31, 38)
2014 Satisfaction MateoRecurring role, 6 episodes
Robot and Monster Monster's Singing Voice
2015 Fear the Walking Dead RussellEpisode: Pilot
2017 Insecure EddieRecurring role

Discography

Mixtapes

TitleMixtape detailsPeak chart positions
US
Metro Hearts
V1bes
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that territory.

EPs

TitleEP detailsPeak chart positions
US
Genesis
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that territory.

Singles

TitleYearAlbum
"Hello How Are You" (feat. Wiz Khalifa)2013TBA
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that territory.

Promotional singles

TitleYearAlbum
"Countdown" [12]
( Victorious cast featuring Leon Thomas III and Victoria Justice)
2012Victorious 2.0

Album appearances

YearSongArtist(s)AlbumAppearance
2007"La Bamba"Leon Thomas August Rush Primary artist
2008"I Like That Girl" iCarly
2010"Make It Shine" Victorious Cast & Victoria Justice Victorious Backing vocals
2011"All I Want Is Everything"
"I Want You Back" (Jackson 5 cover)
"Song 2 You"Lead vocals
"Tell Me That You Love Me"Backing vocals
"Leave It All to Shine" iCarly and Victorious Cast, Miranda Cosgrove, & Victoria Justice
"Favorite Food"Victorious Cast & Victoria Justice
"It's Not Christmas Without You"Merry Nickmas
2012"Shut Up 'N Dance" (The Slap.com version)Non-album song
"Don't You (Forget About Me)" (Simple Minds cover) Victorious 2.0
"5 Fingaz to the FaceLead vocals
"365 Days"Leon Thomas Victorious 3.0
"Sleigh Ride" Nickelodeon CastMerry Nickmas
2016"Yours Truly, Austin Post" Post Malone Stoney Bass, Composer, Guitar [13]
2018"Stand for Love" Peabo Bryson Stand for LoveBacking vocals

Music videos

YearVideoAlbumDirector
2011"I Want You Back" (with Victorious Cast) Victorious Unknown
"Countdown" (with Victoria Justice) Victorious 2.0 Dan Schneider
2012"Here's 2 Us" (with Victoria Justice) Victorious 3.0 Dan Schneider

Broadway appearances

Concert Tours

Awards and nominations

YearAssociationCategoryWorkResult
2015 Grammy Best R&B Album (Producer/Writer) Love, Marriage & Divorce Won [14]
2008 Young Artist Awards Best Performance In A Feature Film - Supporting Young Actor (Fantasy or Drama) August Rush Won [15]
2012 NAACP Image Award Outstanding Performance In A Youth/Children's Program (Series or Special) Victorious Nominated [16]

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