Leon Thomas III

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Leon Thomas
Leon Thomas III 2013.jpg
Thomas performing at The Citadel Outlets' 12th Annual Tree Lighting Concert in 2013
Background information
Birth name Leon G. Thomas III[1]
Also known as Leon Thomas
Born (1993-08-01) August 1, 1993 (age 21)[2]
Brooklyn, New York, U.S.
Genres R&B, pop
Occupations Actor, singer, record producer, songwriter
Instruments Vocals, Piano, Guitar
Years active 2003–present
Labels Columbia Records, Rostrum Records[3]

Leon G. Thomas III (born August 1, 1993) is an American actor,[4] record producer, songwriter and singer who is signed to Columbia Records/Rostrum Records. He is best known for playing Andre Harris on the Nickelodeon series Victorious.

Early life[edit]

Thomas was born in Brooklyn, to Jayon Anthony.[1][5]

Career[edit]

Television[edit]

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. He played a main character on Victorious, portraying Andre Harris, which premiered on Nickelodeon on March 27, 2010, also appearing as Andre in the crossover between Victorious and iCarly, iParty with Victorious. He also appeared as himself in an episode of True Jackson, VP.

Music[edit]

Leon Thomas has released a mix tape called Metro Hearts, and has several songs in the Victorious Soundtrack. He is part of the group The Rascals who consists of himself and Chris Tines. Together they wrote and produced five songs on Ariana Grande's debut album Yours Truly.

Broadway[edit]

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. He also toured with the company during its five-month run in Los Angeles and San Francisco. Thomas has also performed in the Broadway productions The Lion King, and The Color Purple.[6]

Mixtapes and production work (2012-present)[edit]

Metro Hearts is a mixtape by Leon Thomas.[7] It was released on August 1, 2012.[8] 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, featuring Rihanna. The cover is by Leon Thomas featuring Ariana Grande.[9]

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 4 songs on Ariana Grande's 2013 album Yours Truly. He also co-produced 5 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.[10]

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.[11]

On January 1, 2014, Thomas released a new mixtape, V1bes, under the name Leon Thomas, via Datpiff.[12] He also announced that a music video for his single, Hello How Are You, was in the works.

Discography[edit]

Singles[edit]

Year Title Peak chart positions Album
US
2013 "Hello How Are You" (feat. Wiz Khalifa) TBA
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that territory.

As featured artist[edit]

Year Song Artist Album
2012 "Countdown" Victorious Cast (featuring Leon Thomas & Victoria Justice) Victorious 2.0

Album appearances[edit]

Year Song Artist(s) Album Appearance
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 Non-album song
"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 Face Lead vocals
"365 Days" Leon Thomas Victorious 3.0
"Sleigh Ride" Nickelodeon Cast Merry Nickmas

Metro Hearts[edit]

Thomas released a debut mixtape titled Metro Hearts on August 1, 2012.[7][8] The song "Take Care", featuring Thomas' Victorious co-star, Ariana Grande, is originally performed by Rihanna and Drake. The third track, "Forever", features samples from the song "Ms. Jackson" by OutKast and the 2004 film The Notebook.

Tracklisting[edit]

Thomas composed all of the songs himself, except where noted.

No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
1. "Take Care" (ft. Ariana Grande) Aubrey Graham, Noah Shebib, Anthony Palman, James Smith, Brook Benton Jamie xx, 40 4:33
2. "Bad"       2:30
3. "Forever"   Leon Thomas III, André Benjamin, Antwan Patton, David Sheats, Jan Sardi, Jeremy Leven   3:05
4. "Moving On"       3:36
5. "Vibe"       1:39
6. "Like Clay"       4:35
7. "Never Look Back"       3:34
8. "24-7"       3:54
Total length:
25:26

V1bes[edit]

Thomas released a follow-up mixtape called V1bes on January 1, 2014 at midnight via Datpiff. It features remixes of the song "Bonita Applebum" by A Tribe Called Quest, and Wu-Tang Forever by rapper Drake. The song "Chill" contains samples from the 1989 Spike Lee film Do The Right Thing.

Tracklisting[edit]

Thomas composed all of the songs himself, except where noted.

No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
1. "Can't Tell"     Flume 3:28
2. "Rivers"       3:54
3. "Pain 2X"       2:54
4. "Bonita"     A Tribe Called Quest 3:27
5. "Chill"  
  • Leon Thomas
  • Spike Lee
XXYYXX 3:04
6. "Wu Tang" (ft. Karina Pasian)   Noah "40" Shebib 1:21
7. "You And Me" (ft. Vali)     4:42
8. "Aquarius"       2:09
Total length:
24:59

Filmography[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2006 Just for Kicks Ty 2 episodes
The Backyardigans Tyrone (Seasons 2-3)
2007 Just Jordan Ronnie Episode: "Revenge of the Riff"
August Rush Arthur Street performer and main character
Jack's Big Music Show Leon Episode: "Laurie's Big Song"
2008 iCarly Harper Episode: "iCarly Saves TV"
The Naked Brothers Band Leon Williams Episode: "Christmas Special"
2010 2010 Kids' Choice Awards Himself With the cast of Victorious
Rising Stars JR
2010–2013 Victorious Andre Harris Main role
2011 True Jackson, VP Himself Episode: True Fame
2011 Kids' Choice Awards With the cast of Victorious
iCarly Andre Harris Episode: "iParty With Victorious" (Movie)
2012 Figure It Out Himself Panelist (Episode 20, 23, 31, 38)
2014 Bad Asses Tucson
2014 Satisfaction Mateo Recurring

Broadway appearances[edit]

Concert Tours[edit]

Awards and Nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Work Result
2008 Young Artist Awards Best Performance In A Feature Film - Supporting Young Actor (Fantasy or Drama) August Rush Won[13]
2012 NAACP Image Award Outstanding Performance In A Youth/Children's Program (Series or Special) Victorious Nominated[14]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Navarro, Mireya (September 23, 2007). "When Childhood Is a Tough Role". The New York Times. Retrieved August 29, 2011. 
  2. ^ "Twitter: Leon Thomas III (verified account)". Retrieved August 29, 2011. 
  3. ^ "Official website". [dead link]
  4. ^ Ebert, Roger (October 20, 2009). Roger Ebert's Movie Yearbook 2010. Andrews McMeel Publishing. pp. 20–. ISBN 978-0-7407-8536-8. Retrieved August 17, 2011. 
  5. ^ Vinson, Kristi (April 20, 2011). "Nickelodeon Star Paints With Teens". Kennesaw Patch. Retrieved August 29, 2011. 
  6. ^ Leon Thomas III at the Internet Broadway Database
  7. ^ a b "Leon Thomas - Official Site". Leonthomas3.com. Retrieved 2013-10-31. 
  8. ^ a b "Leon Thomas - Official Site". Leonthomas3.com. Retrieved 2013-10-31. 
  9. ^ "Leon Thomas - Metro Hearts on". Official.fm. Retrieved 2013-10-31. 
  10. ^ http://nyunews.com/2013/12/10/ariana/
  11. ^ http://instagram.com/p/iKPrYjEqan/
  12. ^ http://www.datpiff.com/Leon-Thomas-V1bes-mixtape.566375.html
  13. ^ "29th Annual Young Artist Awards - Nominations / Special Awards". Young Artist Awards. 
  14. ^ NAACP Awards - Outstanding Performance in a Youth/Children's Series or Special

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