|Birth name||Brian Vaughn Bradley, Jr.|
|Also known as||The Astronomical Kid, C.K.O, Coolest Kid Out, Astro, Stro, Stro The MC|
|Born||September 27, 1996|
Brooklyn, New York, U.S.
|Occupation(s)||Rapper, Record producer, songwriter, actor|
|Labels||Grade A Tribe Records, Mass Appeal Records|
|Associated acts||L.A. Reid, Roham, Boi-1da Cher Lloyd, Bishop Nehru, Statik Selektah, CJ Fly|
Brian Vaughn Bradley, Jr. (born September 27, 1996), better known by his stage name Astro, Stro or The Astronomical Kid, is an American rapper, producer and actor. He is known for being a contestant on the first season of The X Factor USA in 2011. Astro took the judges with his original song shot at Simon, for looking at his mom. His mentor was L.A. Reid, the mentor for the boys. Astro was seventh place in the competition. After his appearance on The X Factor, he starred in an episode of Person of Interest. In 2014, he co-starred in the major films Earth to Echo and A Walk Among the Tombstones, and the Fox series Red Band Society.
- 1 Early life
- 2 Music career
- 3 Acting career
- 4 Discography
- 5 Filmography
- 6 Awards and nominations
- 7 References
- 8 External links
Astro was born Brian Vaughn Bradley, Jr. on September 27, 1996 in Brooklyn, New York. There, he lived in a single parent household with his Jamaican mother, and younger sister. He began rapping professionally at the age of ten when his mother promised him studio time if he began to do better in school. He soon released his first single, "Stop Looking at My Moms" and created his first mixtape "B.O.A. (Birth of Astro)." He later started composing instrumentals of his own that pertained to the hip hop music genre.
Some of his musical influences include Marvin Gaye, Jay-Z, Stevie Wonder, Biggie Smalls, Boyz II Men, Mary J. Blige, Fu-Schnickens, Tupac Shakur, Nas, and other artists from the 80s and 90's time period. His music is also inspired by the notable film director and fellow Brooklynite Spike Lee.
2011-2012: The X Factor USA and Post-X Factor
At the age of 14, Astro went to audition for the X-Factor. For his audition, he performed "Stop Looking At My Mom" and stole America's attention by becoming one of the few rappers to perform on such a show. He gained four yeses and proceeded on to the live shows. In the fourth week, he faced Stacey Francis in the sing-off but survived. However, Francis received more votes than Astro meaning if the result went to deadlock, Astro would’ve been eliminated. He got into the top seven before getting eliminated.
Performances on The X Factor
Astro performed the following songs on The X Factor:
|Audition||Free Choice||"Stop Looking at My Mom"||Self-written||N/A||Through to bootcamp|
|Bootcamp 1||Group performance 1||Advanced|
|Bootcamp 2||Group performance 2||"Wishing On a Star" (with Tinuke Oyefule, Jennifay Nichols, Lauren Ashley and Tatiana "Reina" Williams)||Jay-Z||Advanced|
|Bootcamp 3||Solo performance||Not aired||N/A||Through to judges' houses|
|Judges' houses||Free choice||Advanced|
|Live show 1||Free choice||"Jump"||Kris Kross||1||Safe|
|Live show 2||Free choice||"Hip Hop Hooray", "Get Ur Freak On"||Naughty by Nature/Missy Elliott||8||Safe|
|Live show 3||Songs from Movies||"Lose Yourself"||Eminem||6||Safe|
|Live show 4||Rock||"I'll Be Missing You"||Puff Daddy feat. Faith Evans and 112||7||Saved by Simon Cowell|
|Live show 5||Giving Thanks||"Show Me What You Got"||Jay-Z||7||Safe|
|Live show 6||Songs by Michael Jackson||"Black or White"||Michael Jackson||2||Eliminated|
After leaving The X Factor, Astro released his fourth mixtape entitled Loser. It was based around his experiences on the show. He also put out two beat tapes called "Masterminds" and "New World Art" under the alias of Basquiat. The tapes included productions from both him and his friend Laron (a.k.a. ThatLoserLaron) who went under the name of Keith for the tapes.
He was then nominated for a BET Award in the Young Stars category, asked to present an award at the 43rd Annual NAACP Image Award Show with Keke Palmer, and featured in an episode of Person of Interest.
2013-present: Deadbeats & Lazy Lyrics and Starvin' Like Marvin
For most of 2012, Astro went on a hiatus for a while. When in an interview with Sway, he mentioned that he used this time to find himself, musically. He returned releasing a song called Deadbeat and another called Methods, then releasing a visual to his song He Fell Off. Those songs were all included on his mixtape Deadbeats & Lazy Lyrics. He made sure to state that the tape would be nothing like what he has done before with a "gritty hip-hop sound that oozed Brooklyn."
Stro made his acting debut with his role as Darren McGrady in Person of Interest. He then played Tucker "Tuck" Simms in the sci-fi adventure Earth to Echo, which was released on July 2, 2014, and TJ in A Walk Among the Tombstones, a film with Liam Neeson, released on September 19, 2014. He was Dash Hosney in a FOX series called Red Band Society which premiered on September 17, 2014.
- Grade A Frequencies (2017)
- The Astronomical Kid - EP (2009)
- Computer Era (2014)
- Nice 2 Meet You, Again (2018)
|Year||Title||Peak chart positions||Album|
|2010||"Stop Looking at My Moms"||—||—||The Astronomical Kid EP|
|2015||"Mighty Healthy '16"||—||—||Mighty Healthy '16|
|2017||"Cut That Sh*t Off"||—||—||Cut That Sh*t Off|
|2017||"From Me"||—||—||Grade A Frequencies|
|2017||"Aura"||—||—||Grade A Frequencies|
|Year||Title||Artist||Peak chart positions|
|2009||"Hang On"||Sha Stimuli||—||—|
|2012||"Want U Back (UK Version)"||Cher Lloyd||12||11|
|2013||"Who's Next?"||Shadow The Great||—||—|
|2014||"Out Here Gettin' Money"||Termanology||—||—|
|2014||"Around the World"||Ransom||—||—|
|2016||"Every Damn Dolla"||Ill Neil||—||—|
|2016||"3 Man Weave"||Logan Cage||—||—|
|2016||"New York Nights"||Taylor Bennet||—||—|
|2018||"Flights"||LNDN DRGS, Jay Worthy||—||—|
|2014||Earth to Echo||Tucker "Tuck" Simms|
|A Walk Among the Tombstones||TJ|
|2016||Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk||Lodis|
|See You Yesterday||Calvin Walker||Post-production|
|2011||The X Factor||Himself||Contestant, seventh place|
|2012||Person of Interest||Darren McGrady||1 episode, "Wolf and Cub"|
|2014-2015||Red Band Society||Dash Hosney||Main Role, 13 episodes|
|2019||Bull||Darius Lambert||Episode: "Forfieture" (as Brian Bradley)|
Awards and nominations
|2012||Won||BET Award||BET Young Stars Award|
- Amos, Candace (October 1, 2011). "Mom of Brooklyn 'X Factor' sensation proud of son". New York Post.
- Johnson, Alice. "Astro's Biography Information from The X Factor USA". Thexfactorusa.com. Retrieved 10 August 2012.
- List of The X Factor finalists (U.S. season 1)
- Johnson, Alice. "The Astronomical Kid - Stop Looking at my Moms Music Video". Youtube. Retrieved 10 August 2012.
- Astro talks about His New Music, Early Influences and Dating on Sway in the Morning https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BYuHyPO5-04
- Red Band Society Website. http://www.fox.com/red-band-society/
- Netflix To Distribute Spike Lee-Produced Film ‘See You Yesterday’