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Leslie Odom Jr., Vocalist, Songwriter, Author, Actor

Leslie Odom Jr. is a multifaceted, award-winning vocalist, songwriter, author and actor. With a career that spans all performance genres, he’s earned a Tony, Grammy and an Emmy, as well as two Academy Award nominations. Odom currently stars and performs the songs of legendary singer Sam Cooke in the critically acclaimed Amazon film adaptation of the Olivier Award-nominated play “One Night in Miami,” directed by Regina King. His portrayal of the soul icon has been met with widespread praise and critical acclaim, earning him nominations for an Academy Award, BAFTA Award, Critics' Choice Award, Golden Globe Award and Screen Actors Guild Award. King also enlisted Odom to write, compose and perform the film’s original song, “Speak Now,” for which he was nominated for an Oscar and earned a Critics’ Choice Award. Odom has released four highly lauded studio albums, including two holiday records and his chart-topping, self-titled debut. He has performed at the White House, Super Bowl and on hallowed stages such as Lincoln Center, Rockefeller Center and the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. In 2018, he published his first book, Failing Up: How to Take Risks, Aim Higher and Never Stop Learning. Odom can also be heard voicing the character of Owen Tillerman in the Apple TV+ animated musical-comedy series “Central Park,” for which he received a 2020 Emmy nomination, as well as captivating audiences as Aaron Burr in the filmed musical performance of the original Broadway production of “Hamilton,” released in 2020 on Disney+. His upcoming projects include “The Many Saints of Newark,” a prequel to David Chase’s award-winning HBO series “The Sopranos,” set to be released this fall, and “Needle in a Timestack,” written and directed by John Ridley. Additional film and television credits include the limited series “Love in the Time of Corona,” “Harriet,” “Murder on the Orient Express,” “Only,” “Red Tails” and “Smash.”


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