James David Maslow (born July 16, 1990) is an American actor, and singer, known for playing the role of James Diamond on Nickelodeon's Big Time Rush and is a member of the boy band with the same name. He also starred as Kevin Mohr on the Sony Crackle original series Sequestered.
In 2014, Maslow competed as a contestant on the eighteenth season of Dancing with the Stars, in which he reached fourth place.
Maslow was raised Jewish. He attended Hebrew school six days a week during his childhood, and celebrated becoming a Bar Mitzvah. He has described himself as a "religious and spiritual person".
At the age of six, Maslow began training as a singer when his parents placed him in the San Diego Children's Choir. He attended La Jolla and Torrey Pines elementary schools, Muirlands Middle School, and San Diego School of Creative and Performing Arts. He had a small role in the San Diego Opera's production of La bohème when he was 10 years old. He attended acting camp at the La Jolla Playhouse, got his first agent when he was 14, and performed as Marius in a production of Les Misérables. Quitting the San Diego School of Creative and Performing Arts (SDSCPA) mid-way through the 10th grade, Maslow switched to Coronado School of the Arts (CoSA). He graduated from CoSA in 2007 in the musical theater department.
Maslow made his acting debut in 2008 as Shane in an episode of the Nickelodeon show iCarly. He also appeared in urFRENZ in 2009, in which he portrayed a character named Brandon. In 2012, he filmed an episode of See Dad Run, playing the role of actor Scott Baio's former TV son, Ricky.
Maslow was featured on the cover of the July 2014 issue of FitnessRx Magazine.
Also in 2014 Maslow was cast in the 2015 Lifetime television movie Seeds of Yesterday in the leading role of Bart Foxworth.
During 2013, Maslow went back to his YouTube channel, after a year hiatus, with a surprise for his fans. He was working on his very-first cover and asked them which song he should cover, stating it would be posted on his channel later on. And just as promised, on May 3, he posted his first cover of Zedd's song "Clarity". The video has reached over 2 million views to date as of 2014 since the day it was posted.
As time has passed, Maslow has been collaborating with Cimorelli on their cover of Justin Timberlake's song "Mirrors" and writing a song called "Never Too Young" with MattyB. On July 1, he made his second cover of Maroon 5's song "Love Somebody". Each of the uploaded videos have garnered over 2 and 8 million views respectively to date.
As of the first half of 2014, he hasn't said anything about uploading new covers or uploading new songs of his own yet on his channel, but he had stated to be working on new music during the second half of the same year.
Starting February 2015, he came back on his YouTube channel after another year on hiatus and once again asked to his fans song requests for his third cover. Exactly a week after, on February 9, he posted his third cover of Jennifer Lawrence of The Hunger Games song "The Hanging Tree".
With the success of his third cover, and almost every week during the same month, Maslow has done his fourth cover of Magic!’s song "Let Your Hair Down" on February 16, and an acoustic karaoke of Jack Johnson’s song "Better Together" on February 22.
Over two weeks later, on March 10, he posted his fifth cover of Ed Sheeran’s song "Thinking Out Loud". Over the whole process of his covers, were his fans whose has been completely strong at requesting songs, and this was enough proved when Maslow posted an acoustic cover of another Maroon 5's song "Sugar" on March 24. He released his first single "Lies" on July 24, 2015. He has also released another single called "Circles" on October 23, 2015. In addition, he has two covers, "Cheerleader" and "One Call Away" available for purchase on iTunes.
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