James Maslow

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James Maslow
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James Maslow in 2010
Born James David Maslow
(1990-07-16) July 16, 1990 (age 25)
New York City, New York, U.S.
Occupation Actor, singer, songwriter
Years active 2008–present
Home town La Jolla, California, U.S.
Television Big Time Rush
Religion Judaism
Musical career
Instruments Vocals, guitar, piano, bass, drums
Labels Columbia, Nick
Associated acts Big Time Rush

James David Maslow (born July 16, 1990) is an American actor, singer, youtuber , and songwriter 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. He also starred as Kevin Mohr on the SONY Crackle original series Sequestered.[1]

In 2014, Maslow competed as a contestant on the eighteenth season of Dancing with the Stars, in which he reached fourth place.

Early life[edit]

Maslow was born in New York City, New York, and raised in La Jolla, California.[2][3][4] His father is Jewish and his mother is Catholic; he was raised Jewish. He attended Hebrew school six days a week during his childhood, and celebrated becoming a Bar Mitzvah.[5][6] He has described himself as a "religious and spiritual person".[5][7]

At the age of six, Maslow began training as a singer when his parents placed him in the San Diego Children's Choir.[3][8] He attended La Jolla and Torrey Pines elementary schools, Muirlands Middle School, and San Diego School of Creative and Performing Arts.[8] He had a small role in the San Diego Opera's production of La bohème when he was 10 years old.[8][9][10] 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.[8] 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.[8]


Big Time Rush[edit]

For main article, see Big Time Rush and Big Time Rush (band).

Big Time Rush is an American pop singing group that formed at concerts 2009, consisting of him, along with three other members, which are Kendall Schmidt, Carlos Pena, Jr., and Logan Henderson, all on vocals. Maslow is one of the lead vocalists of the band.

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 five 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", co-wrote "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 third album called 24/Seven which was released in June 11, 2013. The band promoted the album with the tour shared with Victoria Justice called the Summer Break Tour.[11] which began on June 21 and ended on August 15.

On late Winter 2014, Maslow and the band went to their latest tour called "Big Time Rush Live 2014 World Tour", where they performed in Texas and 7 countries in Latin America. Big Time Rush has sold over 21 Million records worldwide.[citation needed]

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.

Maslow was featured on the cover of the July 2014 issue of FitnessRx Magazine.[12]

Other music projects[edit]

During 2013, Maslow went back his YouTube channel, after a year hiatus, with a surprise for his fans. He was working on his very-first cover and asked them which song he should cover, stating it would be posted on his channel later on. And just as promised, on May 3, he posted his first cover of Zedd's song "Clarity". The video has reached over 2 million views to date as of 2014 since the day it was posted.

As time has passed, Maslow has been collaborating with Cimorelli on their cover of Justin Timberlake's song "Mirrors" and writing a song called "Never Too Young" with MattyB. On July 1, he made his second cover of Maroon 5's song "Love Somebody". Each of the uploaded videos have garnered over 2 and 8 million views respectively to date.

As of the first half of 2014, he hasn't said anything about uploading new covers or uploading new songs of his own yet on his channel, but he had stated to be working on new music during the second half of the same year.

Starting February 2015, he came back on his YouTube channel after another year on hiatus and once again asked to his fans song requests for his third cover. Exactly a week after, on February 9, he posted his third cover of Jennifer Lawrence of The Hunger Games song "The Hanging Tree".

With the success of his third cover, and almost every week during the same month, Maslow has done his fourth cover of Magic!’s song "Let Your Hair Down" on February 16, and an acoustic karaoke of Jack Johnson’s song "Better Together" on February 22.

Over two weeks later, on March 10, he posted his fifth cover of Ed Sheeran’s song "Thinking Out Loud". Over the whole process of his covers, were his fans whose has been completely strong at requesting songs, and this was enough proved when Maslow posted an acoustic cover of another Maroon 5's song "Sugar" on March 24. He released his first single "Lies" on July 24, 2015. He has also released another single called "Circles" on October 23, 2015. In addition, he has two covers, "Cheerleader" and "One Call Away" available for purchase on iTunes.

Dancing with the Stars[edit]

On March 4, 2014, ABC announced that Maslow would take part in the 18th season of Dancing with the Stars. He was paired with professional dancer Peta Murgatroyd.[13] During his time on the show, Maslow earned the first perfect score of the season for his contemporary dance to "Let It Go" from Frozen on Disney Night.

Ultimately, Maslow made it to the finals, but was eliminated on the first night. Maslow finished in fourth place, with an average score of 26.9 (excluding scores from guest judges). In a vote on Twitter, Maslow was nevertheless chosen "in a landslide" to perform an encore of his freestyle dance during the season finale.

Week # Dance/song Judges' score Result
Inaba Goodman Guest1 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 9 9 Safe
42 Tango / "Dark Horse" 9 8 9 9 No Elimination
5 Contemporary / "Let It Go" 10 10 10 10 Safe
6 Quickstep / "You're the One That I Want" 9 8 9 9 Safe
7 Samba / "Gasolina"
Team Freestyle / "The Cup of Life"
Last to be called safe
8 Viennese Waltz / "6'2"
Celebrity Dance Duel (Jive) / "Ain't Nothing Wrong with That"
Last to be called safe
Cha-cha-cha / "Love Never Felt So Good"
Rumba / "Islands in the Stream"
Tango / "Adore You"
Freestyle / "Original Don"

1The Guest judges were Robin Roberts (Week 3), Julianne Hough (Week 4), Donny Osmond (Week 5), Redfoo (Week 6), Ricky Martin (Week 7), Abby Lee Miller (Week 8) and Kenny Ortega (Week 9).

2For this week only, as part of the "Partner Switch-Up" week, Maslow performed with Cheryl Burke instead of Murgatroyd. Murgatroyd danced with Olympic ice dancing gold medalist Charlie White.



Year Title Role Notes
2009 urFRENZ Brandon Film
2012 Big Time Movie James Diamond TV Movie
2015 Seeds of Yesterday Bart Foxworth TV Movie
2016 Wild for the Night Wyatt Independent Movie


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 James Diamond 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/Klerg impersonating James Guest Star / Episode(s): Big Time Marvin
2013 Stick Stickly Eskimo Rockstar Guest Voice
2014 Dancing with the Stars Himself Contestant on season 18
2014 Sequestered Kevin Mohr 6 episodes
2015 The Penguins of Madagascar James the Beaver Episode: "Tunnel of Love"; voice role

Web Series[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2015 Be Right Back Maury McQuarrie YouTube miniseries; 3 episodes


  1. ^ Todd Spangler (July 11, 2014). "Sony Crackle to Release Original Drama Series ‘Sequestered’ in Two Batches". Variety. Retrieved August 9, 2014. 
  2. ^ Big Time Rush | New Music And Songs. MTV. Retrieved on 2013-05-21.
  3. ^ a b Moore, Frazier. "An Inside Look at a Boy Band on Nick's New Comedy." Associated Press. January 15, 2010. Archived May 4, 2010 at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ Blair, Iain. "Big Time Rush." Daily Variety. December 4, 2009.
  5. ^ a b smashinginterviews.com/interviews/musicians/james-maslow-interview-i-never-thought-id-be-in-a-boy-band/
  6. ^ Twitter: James Maslow (verified account)
  7. ^ " James Maslow In The 1 Minute HOT SEAT! (YouTube video)
  8. ^ a b c d e Tillman, Adriane. "Local Teen Ready For a 'Big Time Rush' on Nickelodeon." La Jolla Village News. November 28, 2009. Archived January 10, 2010 at the Wayback Machine
  9. ^ Martin, Denise. "'Big Time Rush' Is A Little Bit 'Entourage,' A Little Bit 'Monkees'." Boston Globe. November 26, 2009.
  10. ^ Martin, Denise. "Child's Play." Los Angeles Times. November 22, 2009.
  11. ^ Big Time Rush & Victoria Justice Tour — Nickelodeon Stars Go On ‘Summer Break’. Hollywood Life (2013-03-30). Retrieved on 2013-07-31.
  12. ^ Win a FREE James Maslow Cover – July Issue. FitnessRx For Men (2014-05-14). Retrieved on 2014-10-01.
  13. ^ 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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