JayDon McCrary (born July 18, 2007) is an American singer, dancer and actor from Los Angeles, California. He is currently starring in Tyler Perry's The Paynes as Kenny Payne on the Oprah Winfrey Network. He also provided the voice of Young Simba in a remake of the Disney movie The Lion King (2019).
July 18, 2007
|Relatives||Joshua "Josh" McCrary (brother)|
McCrary began his acting career in 2015 at age 8 on K.C. Undercover, where he appeared on two episodes. In 2016, he made a guest appearance on Childish Gambino's song "Terrified". In 2017, he later appeared on I'm Dying Up Here and Teachers as minor roles. He then had live performances on Little Big Shots singing The Jackson 5's "I Want You Back", The Ellen Show singing "Who's Loving You", and the 60th Annual Grammy Awards to support Childish Gambino's "Terrified".
McCrary stars in Tyler Perry's The Paynes on the Oprah Winfrey Network. McCrary officially joined the Disney/Hollywood Records. He will also be acting as the young Dr. Dre on Apple's Vital Signs and will provide the voice of Young Simba in a remake of the Disney film The Lion King in 2019.
|"Inviting All of You”||2018|
Guest appearances change
|"Terrified"||2016||Childish Gambino||Awaken, My Love!|
|2019||The Lion King||Young Simba||Voice role|
|2015||Blunt Talk||Singing kid||Cameo, "A Beaver That's Lost Its Mind" (Season 1, Episode 4)|
|2015–16||K.C. Undercover||Young Ernie||"The Get Along Vault " (Season 1, Episode 24)|
"Undercover Mother" (Season 2, Episode 20)
|2017||Teachers||Ayo||"Brokebitch Mountain" (Season 2, Episode 6)|
|2017||Little Big Shots||Himself||"Memory Lane" (Season 2, Episode 10)|
|2017||I'm Dying Up Here||Adam’s brother||"The Unbelievable Power of Believing" (Season 1, Episode 8)|
|2018–present||Tyler Perry’s The Paynes||Kenny Payne||Main role|
|2018||Vital Signs||Young Dr. Dre||Main role|
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- George, Rachel. "5 Things to Know About JD McCrary, Childish Gambino's Young Grammys Co-Star". Billboard. Retrieved February 21, 2018.
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- Reddy, Subba. "Kid Singer JD McCrary Wows with 'Who's Loving You' Performance The Ellen Show". Whatever Life. Retrieved February 21, 2018.[permanent dead link]
- Nyren, Eric. "Donald Glover Sang With the Voice of 'The Lion King's' Young Simba at the Grammys". Variety. Retrieved February 21, 2018.
- Andreeva, Nellie. "OWN Picks Up 'House of Payne' Spinoff From Tyler Perry". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved February 21, 2018.
- Davis, Justin. "The 10-Year-Old Playing Simba Alongside Donald Glover Has A Cooler Life Than You". Complex. Retrieved February 21, 2018.
- Jefferson, J'na. "Interview: JD McCrary Talks 'The Lion King,' Working With Donald Glover". Vibe. Retrieved March 22, 2018.