Annie LeBlanc

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Annie LeBlanc
Personal information
BornJulianna Grace LeBlanc
(2004-12-05) December 5, 2004 (age 14)
Augusta, Georgia, United States
NationalityAmerican
Occupation
  • YouTuber
  • Actress
  • Singer
Websitebratayley.com/annie
YouTube information
Channel
Years active2008–present
Subscribers3.4 million
(16 April 2019)
Total views403 million
(16 April 2019)
NetworkBrat (Current)
Maker Studios Inc. (Former)
Associated acts
  • Bratayley
YouTube Silver Play Button 2.svg 100,000 subscribers 2012
YouTube Gold Play Button 2.svg 1,000,000 subscribers 2012
Musical career
Genres
Years active2017–present

Julianna Grace "Annie" LeBlanc (born December 5, 2004) is an American singer, YouTuber, actress, and former gymnast. Business Insider has called her one of the "most famous teens in the world."[citation needed] She has been featured in online videos since she was four years old and has an extensive online following. She stars as Rhyme in the family drama Chicken Girls on Brat on YouTube, starred in the YouTube Brat show A Girl Named Jo playing the part of Jo Chambers, and also played Rhyme in Chicken Girls: The Movie. She has starred on the Bratayley family vlog since 2010 and the YouTube Red Originals series We Are Savvy since from 2016 to 2018.

Early life

Annie LeBlanc was born on December 5, 2004 to parents Billy and Katie LeBlanc, while her father was stationed at Fort Gordon, Georgia.[1][better source needed] She has two siblings, a younger sister Hayley, and an older brother Caleb Logan Leblanc (July 13, 2002 – October 1, 2015). In 2015, Caleb died from a heart condition called hypertrophic cardiomyopathy at age of 13.[citation needed] LeBlanc started taking gymnastics classes when she was 2 years old, and her family started posting videos of her online when she was three.[citation needed] She became famous as one of the three siblings featured on the family vlog YouTube channel Bratayley. She trained as a gymnast until August 2017.[citation needed] She became popular on the app musical.ly under the name presshandstands7 but later changed it to annieleblanc, earning over 13 million fans.[citation needed] She stars on the Brat web series Chicken Girls, A Girl Named Jo, and “We Are Savvy”.[citation needed]

The LeBlanc's previously lived in Severna Park, Maryland but then moved to Los Angeles, California so that Annie would be able to start acting and doing music.[citation needed]

Career

2010–present: Bratayley

LeBlanc was originally known for her gymnastic videos.[2][3] Her gymnastic meets and tutorials started being published in 2008 on her YouTube channel, formerly known as Acroanna, when she was 3 years old.[citation needed] The channel's name was changed to Annie Leblanc in 2017, and features now music videos of Leblanc.[citation needed]

LeBlanc is one of the stars of a daily Vlog on the YouTube channel "Bratayley" (7M+ subscribers). The vlog, which was initially just for relatives and started being filmed when LeBlanc was six, follows the lives of the LeBlanc family.[4] The stars include parents Billy and Katie with their two daughters Annie and Hayley. The name "Bratayley" was initially a nickname for Hayley, combining the word "brat" and the name "Hayley."[4]

2017–present: Breakout with Chicken Girls and A Girl Named Jo

LeBlanc had begun to receive attention for her music on her TikTok handle @annieleblanc.[5] In April 2018, she won the Shorty Award for "Muser of the Year".[6][7][8]

After it was speculated that LeBlanc was dating fellow social media star Hayden Summerall in 2017, the alleged couple was dubbed "Hannie" by fans, who created elaborate fan-fiction with complex storylines about their high school relationship, and photoshopped thousands of pictures that appear to show the two together.[citation needed] LeBlanc and Summerall collaborated on a YouTube cover of "Little Do You Know" by Alex & Sierra, which went viral.[citation needed] After Brat media founder Rob Fishman learned of the "Hannie" phenomenon, he cast LeBlanc and Summerall into an upcoming show, and their faux relationship was written into the storyline.[9]

LeBlanc and Summerall's cover appeared at position 48 on the Emerging Artists Billboard Chart.[10] On September 9, 2017, LeBlanc's cover of the song "Fly" by Maddie & Tae peaked at 34 on the Billboard Charts in "Country" songs.[11][12] In November 2017, LeBlanc released her first original single, "Ordinary Girl."[13][14] In December 2017, teen fan magazine Tiger Beat announced that LeBlanc would be going on her first U.S. tour in early 2018.[15] In February 2018, LeBlanc released a single, "Little Things."[16] In early May 2018, LeBlanc released a new pop country compilation album on iTunes called, "Lollipop", with music label Heard Well.[17] The curated collection also includes two songs by LeBlanc, "Somebody's Heart" and "Photograph."[17] She then released her new single "Picture This" in early June with social media star Austin Brown.[citation needed] A little before December 2018 she released her single “It’s Gonna Snow” as a new Christmas Carol.[citation needed]

In August 2017, Variety announced that YouTube greenlit the YouTube Red Originals series, We Are Savvy, as a continuation of a teen magazine series of the same name on Canada's Family Channel.[18] LeBlanc was introduced as a co-host of the series, which debuted with over 4.2M+ views in its pilot episode and focuses on music, fashion, and lifestyle elements.[18]

Also in August 2017, Variety announced that digital company Brat would release a new YouTube series called "Chicken Girls". The series features LeBlanc and Summerall's relationship, and focuses on the daily lives of a group of friends and dancers at the faux high school, "Attaway High".[19]

The show's debut episode has received over 10 million YouTube views, and as of May 2018, the second season had between 2 million and 4.5 million views per episode.[20] In February 2018, Variety announced that Lionsgate would be distributing a full-length feature film of Chicken Girls: The Movie.[21][22] There is also a deal with Skyhorse Publishing to turn the show into a book series.[20][23] In September 2018, the third season of Chicken Girls premiered on Brat's YouTube channel.[citation needed] Season 4 premiered on March 19, 2019.[24]

In May 2018, it was announced that LeBlanc and her sister Hayley LeBlanc would be starring in a new series on the Brat YouTube channel.[25] That same month, it was announced that LeBlanc and Addison Riecke would star in a Brat teen mystery series called A Girl Named Jo which takes place in 1963 in a small town.[26]

In December 2018, Business Insider called LeBlanc one of the "most famous teens in the world."[27] That same month she starred in Brat's feature film, Holiday Spectacular. Months later, she also starred in another Brat feature film, Spring Breakaway.[28]

Discography

Compilation albums

Singles

Year Title Peak chart positions
US
Country [29]
CA
Digital

[30]

US
Digital

[31]

2017 "Fly" 34
"Little Do You Know" (with Hayden Summerall) 38 30
"Birds of a Feather"[32]
"Photograph"[33]
"Ordinary Girl"[2]
2018 "Little Things"[16]

Filmography

Web series, television and film roles
Year Title Role Notes
2015 Neon Arcade Annie Bratayley
2016–2018 We Are Savvy Annie Main cast (32 episodes)
2017–present Chicken Girls Rhyme Lead role (41 episodes)
2018 Mani Rhyme Episode: “Cinderella”
2018 Overnights Rhyme Episode: "Never Meant to Fall in Love"
2018–present A Girl Named Jo Jo Chambers Lead role (15 episodes)
2018 Chicken Girls: The Movie Rhyme Brat feature film
2019 Cousins for Life Herself Episode: “Those Medal-ling Kids”
2019 Spring Breakaway Rhyme Brat feature film
2019 Annie VS Hayley: LeBake OFF! Herself Food reality web series[34]

Tours

Awards and nominations

Year Award Category Result Ref(s)
2017 Streamy Awards Kids and Family Nominated [36][37]
2018 Shorty Awards Muser of the Year Won [6]
2018 Streamy Awards Acting in a Drama Nominated

References

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