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Brian Justin Crum
Brian Justin Crum

(1988-05-28) May 28, 1988 (age 32)
  • Singer
  • actor
Musical career

Brian Justin Crum (born May 28, 1988) is an American singer and actor from San Diego, California. In 2016, he competed on the eleventh season of the NBC TV competition show America's Got Talent, taking fourth place.[1]

Early life and stage career[edit source | edit]

Brian Justin Crum was born in San Diego, California, United States, and attended the San Diego School of Creative and Performing Arts. Crum always had a love for music, and decided to take it to the stage.

At the age of seventeen, Crum left San Diego to become a part of the popular broadway musical Wicked. He later moved to New York City, New York and joined the cast of the musical comedy Altar Boyz and Grease. Crum also dreamed of becoming a part of the Next to Normal musical; that came true when he became a standby for Gabe and Henry, characters of the play. Crum has starred in several regional productions such as Tarzan, Jesus Christ Superstar and Snapshots. He soon met his mentor Stephen Schwartz, and the two performed alongside each other throughout the country. Brian played the character of "Daniel" in the episode "Possessed" in Season 12 of Law & Order: SVU.

Crum toured with The Addams Family, portraying Lucas Beineke and most frequently as Galileo Figaro in Queen's rock theatrical We Will Rock You. He sang with Brian May and Roger Taylor, original members of the band. He won a few Best Actor in Musical Awards for his performance and garnered reviews that considered him as "a Triumph." But besides his acting career, Crum is now pursuing a new career in Pop music, currently in Los Angeles, California.

America's Got Talent[edit source | edit]

For the June 28, 2016, final broadcast during the eleventh season of NBC's America's Got Talent. Crum continued into the cuts and performed Radiohead's "Creep."[2][3] Crum received enough votes from the public and automatically advanced into the quarterfinals. Going into the quarterfinals, Crum performed Phil Collins' In the Air Tonight.[4][5] Crum received enough votes from the public once again and advanced to the semifinals, along with fellow act Grace VanderWaal. In the semifinals, Crum performed Tears For Fears' "Everybody Wants to Rule the World."[6] Mandel, Klum, Mel and Cowell gave Crum a standing ovation and he received enough votes to be sent into the finals.

For his final performance, Crum sang Michael Jackson's "Man in the Mirror."[7] At the end of the broadcast, Crum placed fourth in the competition overall, with VanderWaal declared as the winner.[8][9]

Post-Got Talent: 2016–present[edit source | edit]

Following his time on America's Got Talent, Crum and Mary Lambert performed as guest vocalists on Superfruit's cover of Katy Perry's "Rise".[10]

He released a cover of Robyn's "Show Me Love" on December 10, 2016 through Prop D Recordings.[11] The song reached the top ten on Billboard's Dance Club Songs chart,[11] and peaked at #33 on the magazine's Dance/Electronic Songs chart.[12]

He also made an appearance on America's Got Talent's Christmas special alongside previous Got Talent acts, singing "Santa Claus Is Coming to Town." He has continued to perform live, travelling across the United States to perform at various events.[13]

In 2019, he was a competitor on America's Got Talent: The Champions. On the January 28, 2019 episode, he performed a cover of Elton John's "Your Song"[14] and advanced to the finals.[15] He did not finish in the top five.[16]

The day after the America's Got Talent: The Champions finale, Crum released his new single "Circles".

He sang the National Anthem at the San Diego Padres opening day game, March 28, 2019.[17]

He released a new music video "I & U" on June 20, 2019.[18]

Personal life[edit source | edit]

Crum lived with his aunt and uncle in Oregon.[19] He also has two sisters.

Crum came out as gay during elementary school and was picked on by his classmates.[20] With help from his mother, he later gained confidence in exploring a career as a singer.

Discography[edit source | edit]

Singles[edit source | edit]

As lead artist[edit source | edit]

Title Year Peak chart positions Album
"Wild Side" 2017

References[edit source | edit]

  1. "Brian Justin Crum places fourth on 'America's Got Talent'". September 15, 2016.
  2. "Brian Justin Crum sings 'Creep' on America's Got Talent Judge Cuts". Zeibiz.com. Retrieved November 6, 2016.
  3. Roman, Nick (July 23, 2016). "America's Got Talent Singer Brian Justin Crum Goes Viral With 'Creep' Cover (VIDEO)". Rickey.org. Retrieved November 6, 2016.
  4. Michele Amabile Angermiller (August 24, 2016). "'America's Got Talent': Brian Justin Crum Earns a Standing Ovation". Billboard. Retrieved November 6, 2016.
  5. Barr, Natalia (August 24, 2016). "AGT's Brian Justin Crum Covers 'In the Air Tonight,' Leaves Us Gasping | Out Magazine". Out.com. Retrieved November 6, 2016.
  6. "Brian Justin Crum Slays "America's Got Talent" Semi-Finals | Instinct". Instinctmagazine.com. September 7, 2016. Retrieved November 6, 2016.
  7. "Brian Justin Crum Delivers Dazzling Final 'America's Got Talent' Performance of 'Man in the Mirror' - WATCH". Towleroad.com. September 14, 2016. Retrieved November 6, 2016.
  8. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on November 7, 2016. Retrieved 2016-11-06.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  9. "Brian Justin Crum Fans Share Why He's Still Their Winner". CelebMix.com. September 15, 2016. Retrieved November 6, 2016.
  10. "Brian Justin Crum, Mary Lambert, and Mario Jose Join Superfruit for Inspiring 'Rise' Cover". Out, September 7, 2016.
  11. 11.0 11.1 "Billboard Dance Chart Upstarts: Above & Beyond, Brian Justin Crum & Xenia Ghali". Billboard, February 16, 2017.
  12. Brian Justin Crum: Chart History. Billboard.
  13. "Brian Justin Crum headlines Pride launch party". Orlando Sentinel, November 8, 2016.
  14. Papadatos, Markos (January 28, 2019). "Review: Brian Justin Crum nails Elton John classic on AGT: The Champions". Digital Journal. Retrieved January 28, 2019.
  15. Henderson, Cyndey (January 28, 2019). "'AGT: The Champions': Plane crash survivor Kechi wins second Golden Buzzer of the night". USA Today. Retrieved January 28, 2019.
  16. "'AGT: The Champions' Recap: Winner Revealed, Champions Perform". Forbes, February 19, 2019.
  17. "‘America’s Got Talent’ Finalist Brian Justin Crum Drops New Single ‘Circles’ Following Finale". ET Canada, February 19, 2019.
  18. "'We'll Be Dancing to Brian Justin Crum's 'I & U' All Summer Long'"/ [Pride], June 20, 2019
  19. Swartz, Anna (June 29, 2016). "'America's Got Talent' Performance from Brian Justin Crum Earns a Standing Ovation". Mic. Retrieved January 28, 2019.
  20. Del Mar, Pollo (November 29, 2017). "Singer Brian Justin Crum Says Sharing His 'Dark, Seedy' Side Musically Is 'Absolutely Scary'". HuffPost. Retrieved January 28, 2019.

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