James Maslow

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James Maslow
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James Maslow in 2010
Background information
Birth name James David Maslow
Born (1990-07-16) July 16, 1990 (age 23)
New York City, New York, U.S.
Origin La Jolla, California, U.S.
Genres Pop
Occupations Singer, actor
Instruments Vocals
Years active 2008–present
Associated acts Big Time Rush

James David Maslow (born July 16, 1990) is an American actor and singer. He is best known for playing the role of James Diamond on Nickelodeon's Big Time Rush and is a member of the boy band with the same name.

Early life[edit]

Maslow was born in New York City, New York, and raised in La Jolla, California.[1][2][3] His father is Jewish and his mother is Catholic; he was raised Jewish, attended Hebrew school six days a week during his childhood, and had a Bar Mitzvah.[4][5] He has described himself as a "religious and spiritual person".[4][6]

At the age of six, Maslow began training as a singer when his parents placed him in the San Diego Children's Choir.[2][7] He attended La Jolla and Torrey Pines elementary schools, Muirlands Middle School, and San Diego School of Creative and Performing Arts.[7] He had a small role in the San Diego Opera's production of La bohème when he was 10 years old.[7][8][9] He attended acting camp at the La Jolla Playhouse, got his first agent when he was 14, and performed as Marius in a production of Les Misérables.[7] Quitting the San Diego School of Creative and Performing Arts (SDSCPA) mid-way through the 10th grade, Maslow switched to Coronado School of the Arts (CoSA). He graduated from CoSA in 2007 in the musical theater department.[7]

Career[edit]

Big Time Rush[edit]

Big Time Rush is an American pop singing group that formed in 2009. The other three members are Kendall Schmidt, Carlos Pena, Jr., and Logan Henderson, all on vocals.

Nickelodeon cast for the new sitcom in 2007. Maslow sent in his audition tape and received the role of James Diamond two years later. An album of original songs from the first season plus some others was released October 11, 2010, entitled B.T.R. It sold 67,000 copies in its first week and was certified Gold by the RIAA six months later in April 2011.

On November 21, 2011, the band released their second album called "Elevate" which sold 70, 000 copies on its first week. Maslow and his band mates co wrote 8 out of the 12 songs. Maslow wrote "Elevate", "Love Me Love Me" and the first single from the album, "Music Sounds Better With U". The UK version of the album included a bonus song called "Epic" which he also helped write.

Maslow and Big Time Rush have a new album called 24/Seven which was released in June 2013. The band will promote the album with the tour shared with Victoria Justice called the Summer Break Tour.[10] which began on June 21.

Other projects[edit]

Maslow made his acting debut in 2008 as Shane in an episode of the Nickelodeon show iCarly. He also appeared in urFRENZ in 2009, in which he portrayed a character named Brandon.

In 2012, he filmed an episode of See Dad Run, playing the role of actor Scott Baio's former TV son, Ricky.

It was announced on March 4, 2014 that he will take part on the 18th season of Dancing with the Stars. He is paired with professional dancer Peta Murgatroyd.[11]

Dancing with the Stars performances[edit]

Maslow is currently competing on season 18 of Dancing with the Stars, alongside professional dancer Peta Murgatroyd.

Week # Dance/song Judges' score Result
Inaba Goodman Tonioli
1 Foxtrot / "Story of My Life" 7 7 7 No Elimination
2 Salsa / "Follow the Leader" 9 8 8 Safe
3 Jive / "The Middle" 9 9/91 9 Safe
42 Tango / "Dark Horse" 9 8/93 9 No Elimination
5 Contemporary / "Let It Go" 10 10/104 10 Safe

1Score given by guest judge Robin Roberts.

2For this week only, as part of the "Partner Switch-Up" week, Maslow did not perform with Peta Murgatroyd and instead performed with Cheryl Burke.

3Score given by guest judge Julianne Hough.

4Score given by guest judge Donny Osmond.

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2012 Big Time Movie James Diamond TV Movie

TV[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2008 iCarly Shane Episode: "iSaw Him First"
2009–2013 Big Time Rush James Diamond Main role
2011 BrainSurge Himself Celebrity Guest Episodes
2011 Nick News Himself Episode: "Lies We Tell In Middle School"
2011 Hand aufs Herz Himself with the band Big Time Rush (episode #210)
2012 How to Rock Himself Episode: "How to Rock: An Election"
2012 Figure It Out Himself Panelist (Episode 2, 11, 41)
2012–2013 See Dad Run Ricky Adams Guest Star / Episode(s): "See Dad Wah-Wah'd" & "See Dad Campaign"
2013 Marvin Marvin Himself Guest Star / Episode(s): Big Time Marvin
2014 Dancing with the Stars Himself Contestant on season 18

References[edit]

  1. ^ Big Time Rush | New Music And Songs. MTV. Retrieved on 2013-05-21.
  2. ^ a b Moore, Frazier. "An Inside Look at a Boy Band on Nick's New Comedy." Associated Press. January 15, 2010.
  3. ^ Blair, Iain. "Big Time Rush." Daily Variety. December 4, 2009.
  4. ^ a b smashinginterviews.com/interviews/musicians/james-maslow-interview-i-never-thought-id-be-in-a-boy-band/
  5. ^ Twitter: James Maslow (verified account)
  6. ^ " James Maslow In The 1 Minute HOT SEAT! (YouTube video)
  7. ^ a b c d e Tillman, Adriane. "Local Teen Ready For a 'Big Time Rush' on Nickelodeon." La Jolla Village News. November 28, 2009.
  8. ^ Martin, Denise. "'Big Time Rush' Is A Little Bit 'Entourage,' A Little Bit 'Monkees'." Boston Globe. November 26, 2009.
  9. ^ Martin, Denise. "Child's Play." Los Angeles Times. November 22, 2009.
  10. ^ Big Time Rush & Victoria Justice Tour — Nickelodeon Stars Go On ‘Summer Break’. Hollywood Life (2013-03-30). Retrieved on 2013-07-31.
  11. ^ http://www.eonline.com/news/517094/dancing-with-the-stars-cast-revealed-cody-simpson-nene-leakes-and-james-maslow-are-among-the-names-see-the-full-list

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