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|Also known as||
July 29, 1991 |
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|
|Labels||Def Jam, WonderWall Recordings, Mainstage, Armada, Spinnin' Records|
|Associated acts||No I.D., W&W, Tiësto, Nas|
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.
Life and career
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
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.
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.
|2001||Ali||Young Cassius Clay|
|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|||
|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||Recurring role, 2 episodes|
|2015||Drunk History||Louis Armstrong||Episode: "New Orleans"|
|2016||House of Lies||J.R.||Episode:Creative Destruction Phenomenon|
- Drop It (with Antoine Becks)
- For You (with Dzeko & Torres featuring Delora)
- Higher (with Antoine Becks featuring Sherry St.Germain)
- Boa (with Arcando)
- True (with Posso)
- Poseidon (with Maurice West)
- Zantar (with NoTech)
- DJ Ruckus featuring Mannequim - Soul Soldier
- A&G & Northmark featuring Gabrielle Ross - Run With Me
- "Suburgatory - Interview with Maestro Harrell". www.spoilertv.com. Retrieved 14 September 2016.
- Dark Summer
- "Fear the Walking Dead add Maestro Harrell to cast". undeadwalking.com. Retrieved 14 September 2016.
- "A Look at "House of Lies" Season 5 Premiere: "Creative Destruction Phenomenon"". whatelseisonnow.com. Retrieved 14 September 2016.