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Multifaceted performer Leslie Odom, Jr. can currently be seen on Broadway starring as 'Aaron Burr' in the blockbuster hit musical, "Hamilton."
He is a Grammy Award-winner as a principal soloist on Hamilton's Original Broadway Cast Recording, which won the 2015 award for Best Musical Theater Album.
Odom, Jr. made his Broadway debut at the age of 17 in "Rent," before heading to Carnegie Mellon University's prestigious School of Drama.
Singer/actor Leslie Odom, Jr.'s eponymous debut is a set of graceful vocal jazz interpretations of show tunes and popular song. The album was originally self-released in 2014 with nine tracks. He reworked the song list after his success (and Tony Award) as Aaron Burr in the original Broadway cast of the blockbuster musical Hamilton, cutting three songs and replacing them with four new selections for a 2016 re-release with S-Curve. Gone are Simon & Garfunkel's "Song for the Asking," a tune from the musical Civil War, and the title track from the 1957 film Wild Is the Wind, originally recorded by Johnny Mathis. Additions include Willie Nelson's "The Party's Over" and the Kosma-Mercer classic "Autumn Leaves," an album highlight. ~ Marcy Donelson