Maestro Harrell

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Maestro Harrell
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Background information
Also known as
  • M A E S T R O
Born (1991-07-29) July 29, 1991 (age 26)
Chicago, Illinois, United States
Genres R&B, Pop, Electronic
Occupation(s) DJ, Record Producer, Singer-Songwriter, Recording Artist, Actor
Instruments Vocals, Piano, Drums, Guitars, Keyboard
Years active 1996–Present
Labels Def Jam, WonderWall Recordings, Mainstage, Armada, Spinnin' Records
Associated acts No I.D., W&W, Tiësto, Nas
Website www.maestroharrell.com

Maestro Harrell (born July 29, 1991) is an American singer, recording artist, dj, dancer and actor. He starred on the HBO original series The Wire as Randy Wagstaff, and as Malik on the ABC comedy Suburgatory.[1]

Life and career[edit]

Harrell was born in Chicago, Illinois. In 2005, Harrell performed at the grand opening ceremony for Disneyland in Hong Kong. He signed a recording deal with So So Def/Island Def Jam with hip-hop producer Jermaine Dupri.

Harrell made his motion picture film debut in the movie Ali, which was directed by Michael Mann. He portrayed the young Cassius Clay, and the all-star cast included Will Smith, Jamie Foxx and Jon Voight. He was in Barbershop and the film The Promotion. He remains most known for his role in David Simon's The Wire as Randy Wagstaff

His voice is featured on the Twilight Zone episodes CD, along with Blair Underwood. Harrell starred in ABC's production of the PGA Tour Western Open with Tiger Woods and other pro-golfers.

He started singing and dancing at age two. Since then, his many accomplishments include: performing several times on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and The Maury Povich -Most Talented Kids Show and other television shows; serving as the spokesperson for Western Union's Study Buddy Reading Program which enabled him to travel around the United States performing at schools and delivering motivational speeches to encourage students to read, as well as singing numerous jingles. He is a member of SAG, AFTRA and EQUITY unions. In addition to his lead role in Sony TriStar's Guys Like Us, Harrell has appeared in several television commercials.

He was the recipient of The Most Talented Child Under Twelve Years Old at the Chicago Music Awards in 1999, 2000, and 2001. Harrell was a presenter at the NAACP's 25 and ACT-SO Awards Ceremony in Houston, Texas, and he received standing ovations as he performed for NABSE (National Alliance of Black School Educators) in Atlanta, Georgia. For a short period of time, Harrell attended James E. McDade classical school in Chicago, Illinois. He graduated from Morgan Park Academy in Chicago before moving to Los Angeles, California to further pursue his career. For his 16th birthday, Harrell held a party August 12, 2007 featured on My Super Sweet Sixteen, airing on MTV, September 25, 2007 at 9:30pm CST.

Harrell had a recurring role as Malik LeFrique on the ABC sitcom Suburgatory, which ran from 2011–14.

In 2011 he started producing. His first record was a remix to DJ Ruckus' single "Soul Soldier". 2014 he officially started a career as a music producer and dj. His first solo single developed as a collaboration with Antoine Becks, who has a career as an actor behind him too. "Drop It" contains many characteristics of the big-room-genre, which was very popular to that point of time. "Drop It" was the title and it was signed to German edm-label "Kontor Records".

His break through in the edm scene was finally done in 2015 with the progressive-house track "For You", a collaboration with Dzeko & Torres and singer-duo Delora. Later in 2015 he was signed to W&W's label "Mainstage Music", where he got much attention for his track "Olympus" as well as his collaboration "Poseidon" with Maurice West. One year later he changed his style with a jungle-terror-crossover track called "Zantar", which was produced together with newcomer NoTech.

Filmography[edit]

Film
Year Title Role Notes
2001 Ali Young Cassius Clay
2002 Barbershop Tillman
2008 The Promotion First Kid in Parking Lot
2009 Lowering the Bar Pimp D Short film
2010 Polish Bar Dawan Short film
2014 Dark Summer Kevin Dowdle [2]
Television
Year Title Role Notes
1997 Meego Marcus Episode: "Magic Parker"
1998–99 Guys Like Us Maestro Harris Main role: 13 episodes
2007 ER Todd Episode: "Lights Out"
2007 Cold Case Terrance Carter Episode: "Wunderkind"
2006–08 The Wire Randy Wagstaff Main cast (season 4); guest cast (season 5): 14 Episodes
2008 Gifted Hands: The Ben Carson Story Joe - Teen Television movie
2010 Team Spitz Tye Television movie
2010 Meet the Browns Antonio Episodes: "Meet the Boyfriend", "Meet the Big Wedding"
2010 Lie To Me Tyrel Episode: "Delinquent"
2011 The Protector Tagger Episode: "Revisions"
2012 CSI: NY Morris Davis Episode: "Unwrapped"
2013 The Soul Man Young parishioner Episode (#2.5): "The Punching Preacher"
2011–14 Suburgatory Malik LeFrique Recurring role: 30 episodes
2014 Young & Hungry Derek Episode (#1.9): "Young & Getting Played"
2015 Fear The Walking Dead Matt[3] Recurring role, 2 episodes
2015 Drunk History Louis Armstrong Episode: "New Orleans"
2016 House of Lies J.R.[4] Episode:Creative Destruction Phenomenon

Discography[edit]

Singles[edit]

2014:

  • Drop It (with Antoine Becks)

2015:

  • For You (with Dzeko & Torres featuring Delora)
  • Higher (with Antoine Becks featuring Sherry St.Germain)
  • Olympus

2016:

  • Boa (with Arcando)
  • True (with Posso)
  • Poseidon (with Maurice West)
  • Siren
  • Zantar (with NoTech)

2017:

  • Pandemik

Remixes[edit]

2011:

  • DJ Ruckus featuring Mannequim - Soul Soldier

2015:

  • A&G & Northmark featuring Gabrielle Ross - Run With Me

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Suburgatory - Interview with Maestro Harrell". www.spoilertv.com. Retrieved 14 September 2016. 
  2. ^ Dark Summer
  3. ^ "Fear the Walking Dead add Maestro Harrell to cast". undeadwalking.com. Retrieved 14 September 2016. 
  4. ^ "A Look at "House of Lies" Season 5 Premiere: "Creative Destruction Phenomenon"". whatelseisonnow.com. Retrieved 14 September 2016. 

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