When The Lion King first hit the big screen in 1994, Jonathan Taylor Thomas voiced the young Simba and Jason Weaver sung the songs. Well, fast-forward to 2019, and the movie has been remade into a live-action experience starring Donald Glover, Beyoncé Knowles Carter, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Keegan-Michael Key, Alfre Woodard, James Earl Jones, and 11-year-old JD McCrary.



Recently, the talented pre-teen sat down with The Root to talk about his upcoming movie and his debut album. Here are a few of our favorites quotes from the the interview. To read the interview in its entirety, click here.

McCrary on the 1994 film

The Lion King (1994) is such an iconic movie. And I didn’t know that at the time. … I just thought it was a really good movie about some lions.”


McCrary on the character of Simba

“I just like to think that he’s a lion that’s going to become a king. He looks up to his dad […] and he eventually grows up to kill his dad’s killer.”


McCrary on soon meeting Queen B and her inspiration

I have not, but I will. Beyoncé really inspires me. She is such a powerful artist and—might I add—a black artist who is very powerful and she’s a great singer.”

McCrary on new debut EP Shine

“I just want people to feel good when listening to my music.”


The Lion King will hit theaters July 19, 2019 and Shine is already available on Spotify, Apple Music, Amazon Music, and more. Don’t forget to buy tickets and check out this incredibly talented young man’s new music. WE cannot wait to see what the starts hold in store for him next. We know that whatever it is it is going to be truly amazing.

If you are not following this rising star on Instagram, click here. His journey is unquestionably one that you do not want to miss out on!

Tiffany Silva

Tiffany Silva

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