Korean Pop music, or K-Pop rarely reaches global success, so when a group in that genre beats out the likes of Justin Bieber, Ariana Grande, and Selena Gomez for an award, it’s a pretty huge deal, regardless of what the award is for. This is how powerful a cult-like following can be in music.
Close your eyes. Imagine that the weather is perfect and you’re in your favorite place with not a care in the world, a moment of pure bliss. That’s what I feel when listening to Eric Bellinger’s acoustic tracks. His vocal range is admirable. When his voice is paired with an acoustic guitar, the two become one and are in perfect harmony.
JayDon “JD” McCrary was sharing his vocal chords with the world long before he was dubbed the “New King of Pop” on Steve Harvey’s Little Big Shots back in May 2017. In fact, the 10-year-old-triple-threat entertainer was the high pitched voice featured on Childish Gambino’s “Terrified.” But even before that, he was singing his favorite Michael Jackson and Stevie Wonder songs. “I’ve been singing since I was about two-years-old and dancing since I was three,” McCrary told Justin Davis of Complex Magazine. Today, he’s not only singing and dancing, but he is known for his acting skills as well. Regardless of whether McCrary is dancing across a stage, reciting lines behind a camera or bellowing notes from behind a microphone, it’s clear to see he represents a new generation of talent.
Born and raised in Granada Hills, a Los Angeles California suburb known as “The Valley’s Most Neighborly Town,” to a family full of singers (including Josh McCrary, his young brother who also sings). It’s almost as if McCrary was destined to entertain. He’s talented, friendly, loves to socialize and is not afraid to shine. In fact, despite only being 10-years old, he’s quick to admit that he’s not shy about being in the spotlight. “I don’t think I ever get nervous,” he explained to J’Na Jefferson of Vibe. “…I always feel like I’m just performing for people,” he continued, admitting that “we’re all [just] human.” He’s just as easy-going when it comes to his acting as well. Whether he’s being featured in a commercial or working alongside Zendaya in KC Undercover, McCrary is smiling big all while remaining cool, calm and collected. In fact, he was filming a scene as Kenny on Tyler Perry’s “The Paynes,” when his mother informed him of what would become his biggest gig yet – young Simba in Disney’s The Lion King Live Action remake.