Chris Jackson

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  • Birth Name: Christopher Neal Jackson
  • Birth Place: Metropolis, Illinois, United States
  • Profession: Actor, Composer
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Fast Facts

  • Started singing in church while growing up in southern Illinois.
  • Made his Broadway debut as Simba in The Lion King in 1997.
  • In 2008, originated the role of Benny in the Broadway production of Lin-Manuel Miranda's In the Heights.
  • Worked as a composer for Sesame Street for more than 15 years, during which time he won a 2011 Daytime Emmy award for co-writing the song "What I Am" performed by Will.i.am.
  • Released his first solo album, In the Name of Love, in 2011.
  • Starred in three Broadway shows over the course of six months, including Bronx Bombers, After Midnight and Holler If Ya Hear Me in 2014.
  • Originated the role of George Washington in the widely-acclaimed Broadway production of Hamilton in 2015.
  • Wrote songs for LL Cool J, Ne-Yo, Mario and Sean Kingston.
  • Has been an avid supporter of Autism Speaks since his son was diagnosed with autism.

Awards

  • 2016, Tony — Actor (Featured Role--Musical): Nominee
  • 2015, Grammy — Best Musical Theater Album: Winner

Relationships

  • Jadelyn Jackson — Daughter
  • Jane Adams — Mother
  • Veronica Mehana Vazquez-Jackson — Wife
  • C.J. Jackson — Son
  • Janice Todd — Aunt

College

  • American Musical and Dramatic Academy, New York, New York, United States (BFA in Music Theatre)

Details

  • Birth Name: Christopher Neal Jackson
  • Birth Place: Metropolis, Illinois, United States
  • Profession: Actor, Composer

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