Todrick Hall Biography

Todrick Hall, an up and coming American entertainer, first gained recognition as a semi-finalist on American Idol in 2010. Since then, he has established himself as a multi-talented artist, excelling in acting, songwriting, singing, choreography, design, playwriting, and directing. With a unique blend of R&B and Hip Hop, Todrick’s music has garnered popularity on platforms like YouTube and Broadway. From his humble beginnings as a ballet dancer, he discovered his passion for songwriting and singing, resulting in three studio albums, an EP, and numerous singles that resonate with today’s youth and street culture. Despite his middle-class upbringing, Todrick has achieved celebrity status, appearing as a judge on shows like ‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’ and openly discussing his identity as a gay man on various talk shows. His talent has been recognized with nominations and awards, including Elvis Duran’s Artist of the Month and the Shorty Industry Award for ‘Best Use of Video’. Through his tours across the USA, Canada, Europe, and Australia, Todrick continues to connect with his growing fan base.

Quick Facts

  • Age: 38 Years
  • Family: Siblings – Shay Hall
  • Occupation: Rapper, Musician
  • Height: 5’8″ (173 cm)
  • U.S. State: Texas

Childhood & Early Life

Todrick Hall was born on 04 April 1985 in Arlington, Texas, USA, in a middle-class family. He was brought up with his brother by his mother and stepfather. He started learning ballet at the age of nine and got an early exposure to show business when he featured in the musical ‘The Colour of Purple’ along with R&B singer and actress, Fantasia. He also had a role in Disney’s ‘Beauty and the Beast’ and the musical stage show ‘Radio City Christmas Spectacular’ when he was young.

Career

The exposure in American Idol was an ideal launch pad for Todrick to make inroads into the world of professional music. He realised the potential of YouTube and fully exploited the platform to reach out to his growing population of fans. His music videos comprise several of his own original songs and collaborations with other contemporary artists.

In 2011, he released a video titled ‘I Wanna Be on Glee’, which had fans guessing that he was interested in participating in the American comedy-drama television series with the same name. However, much to the disappointment of his fans, he did not appear on the show.

The Christmas season of 2013 coincided with the release of his Christmas album titled ‘Dear Santa’ which had his original numbers ‘So Cold’ and ‘SplitsOnXmasTrees’ with covers of other popular Christmas carols sung by various artists. During this period, he also performed on Broadway and starred in the pop music safety video for Virgin America and his own MTV documentary series called ‘Todrick’ that debuted in 2015.

For the next two years, he worked on his web series on YouTube and released his second studio album titled ‘Pop Star High’. As his music gained popularity, he was nominated as Elvis Duran’s Artist of the month in October 2015 and featured on NBC’s ‘Music Today’ show hosted by Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb. His single ‘Wind It Up’ was broadcast live on the show.

Hall soon gained celebrity status and appeared as a judge on the show, ‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’ in 2016-17. He also frequently appears on Logo TV’s game show ‘Gay for Play Game Show Starring RuPaul’. Halfway through 2016, he released his third album ‘Straight Outta Oz’, which was a visual concept album on his own life and rise to fame. The video was posted on YouTube followed by his ‘Straight Outta Oz’ tour in the United States and Canada to promote the album.

In between his tour, he was cast in the Broadway musical ‘Kinky Boots’, where he starred as a drag queen cabaret performer. He also acted in the movie ‘Lake on Fire’. His acting debut received positive reviews, while he went on to complete his ‘Straight Outta Oz’ tour in Europe and Australia.

Major Works

He has released three studio albums titled ‘Somebody’s Christmas’ (2010), ‘Pop Star High’ (2014) and ‘Straight Outta Oz’ (2016). He also has one compilation album titled ‘MTV’s Todrick: The Music, Vol 1’ which was released in 2015. Todrick has released a number of singles and also has an EP titled ‘Dear Santa’ to his credit.

Awards & Achievements

Todrick Hall achieved celebrity status from being a nobody in show business all on his own steam. To recognize his achievement, he was nominated as Elvis Duran’s Artist of the month in October 2015. He was also awarded the Nickelodeon Kids Choice Award in 2014 and the Shorty Industry Award for Best Use of Video in 2015.

Personal Life & Legacy

He began dating Jesse Pattison in April 2016 and even adopted a puppy together, which they publicized on social media. However, they broke up the relationship the following year and went their separate ways. As per reports on social media, he is openly gay.

Trivia

Todrick Hall has a baritenor voice and performs in a mix of rap, R&B, pop, hip hop, and neo-soul. Many of his lyrics are about social malaise such as drugs and gun running. He has posted many musical tributes on YouTube to artists like Lady Gaga, Rihanna, and Taylor Swift who influenced his work. Hall has directed and produced most of his videos himself. They comprise elaborate costumes and extensive choreography that normally go with big labels. He has been named by Forbes magazine as one of the top ‘Under 30’ performers for the Hollywood category in 2014. Todrick’s professional appearances are managed by the firm Scooter Braun Projects.

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