Jonathan McDaniel

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Jonathan McDaniel
Born Jonathan Richard McDaniel
(1985-05-17) May 17, 1985 (age 29)
Long Beach, California, U.S.A.
Years active 2001 — present

Jonathan McDaniel (born May 17, 1985, in Long Beach, California), known as Lil' J, is an American actor and rapper. He is best known for his role as Devon Carter (Raven's boyfriend) on the hit Disney Channel show That's So Raven.


In 2002, he came on the music scene with his debut single "It's the Weekend" from his debut album All About J. He later released a follow-up album the next year titled Back 2 J which featured the single "Baby Girl."

During this period, he started his acting career, landing his noteworthy role on the Disney Channel series That's So Raven. He also appeared in the film "Nora's Hair Salon" which starred Jenifer Lewis and Tatyana Ali in 2004.

After the release of his studio albums on Hollywood Records, he left and joined 845 Entertainment/SMC Recordings, releasing his third album Back Like I Left Somethin' in 2006.[1]

McDaniel signed with London based record label Transmission Records in 2009 and released his digital single 'London Girl' on May 16, 2010.

In 2012, McDaniel starred in In the Hive to much acclaim. The film was shot in only 18 days.[2]

In 2013, he joined the cast of VH1's new series Hit the Floor. Jonathan has a daughter name Aiza Jae McDaniel born on August 21, 2013.


Year Title Role Notes
2003–2006 That's So Raven Devon Carter (Raven's boyfriend) Recurring role
2004 Nora's Hair Salon Leronne Starring as Jonathan McDaniel
Ring of Darkness Coordinator made for television
2006 Da Jammies Mike Fresh Direct-to DVD movie
2007 Johnny Kapahala: Back on Board Sam Sterling made for television (Disney Channel)
South of Pico Fernando Starring as Jonathan McDaniel
2009 Cougar Town Ryan Guest-starring role
Kill Katie Malone Dixie Co-starring film role
2010 Burning Palms Trey Guy in Club Scene (Green Eyed Monster)
Detention T-Loc Main
2012 In the Hive Xavier "X" Keys Robert Townsend Film Starring Michael Clarke Duncan, Vivica A. Fox, Loretta Devine, and Roger Guenveur Smith
2013 Hit the Floor German Vega



Year Title
2002 All About J
2003 Back 2 J
2006 Back Like I Left Somethin'


Year Title
2001 "It's The Weekend"
2003 "Baby Girl"
2006 "I Know (When We First Met)"
2010 "'London Girl"
2013 "Birthday Feat. Fletcher & iE-Z"


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