When Childish Gambino, Donald Glover’s musical project, took the stage to perform “Terrified” at the 2018 Grammy Awards Sunday night, some viewers didn’t know who his 9-year-old collaborator was. (Although this viewer was totally impressed by his singing abilities.) It turns out, just as those viewers (and this viewer) suspected, the kid is already way cooler than us, and much more talented. But where did he come from?
Allow me to explain—meet J.D. McCrary. He’s a singer and an actor (once starring in the Disney Channel’s show K.C. Undercover with singer/actress Zendaya). He performed with Glover because he’s one of only three people featured on Glover’s latest album, “Awaken, My Love!”
According to an interview that McCrary did with the Fader, Glover decided he wanted to work with McCrary after hearing his rendition of Michael Jackson’s “Who’s Loving You” (below) and invited him to record in the studio. He told the publication, “I never actually met him in person because he was in Europe, but he was on Skype the whole time I was there.” Still, cool!
Their collaboration extends beyond the record: McCrary will also star in the upcoming animated reboot of The Lion King, as the voice of Young Simba, alongside Glover, who voices the regular Simba. Apparently these two are already best buds.
I’m not jealous, or anything.