Astro Biography

(Rapper, Actor)

Birthday: September 27, 1996 (Libra)

Born In: Brooklyn, New York City

Brian Vaughn Bradley, Jr., also known as Astro, The Astronomical Kid, C.K.O, Coolest Kid Out, and Stro, is an American actor, rapper, and music producer. He first gained fame because of his appearance in the inaugural season of ‘The X Factor USA’. A native of New York, he had always harboured musical aspirations. When he was ten years old, he began rapping professionally and released his first single, ‘Stop Looking at My Mom’. It was followed by his first mixtape ‘B.O.A.’ (Birth of Astro). In 2011, he successfully auditioned for ‘The X Factor USA’ and made it to the top seven before getting eliminated. After the show, Astro received a lot of mainstream attention and in 2017, released his first album, ‘Grade A Frequencies’. He made his acting debut in 2012 in ‘Person of Interest’ and has appeared in projects, such as ‘Earth to Echo’, ‘A Walk among the Tombstones’, and ‘Red Band Society’. In 2012, he won the BET Young Star Award
Quick Facts

Also Known As: Brian Vaughn Bradley Jr., The Astronomical Kid

Age: 27 Years, 27 Year Old Males


father: Brian Vaughn Bradley Sr.

mother: Cascia Thompson

siblings: Regan (sister)

Born Country: United States

Actors Rappers

Height: 5'11" (180 cm), 5'11" Males

City: New York City

U.S. State: New Yorkers, African-American From New Yorkers

Astro had garnered a reputation for being a talented young rapper in his hometown even before he was featured on ‘The X Factor’. In 2010, he released his debut single ‘Stop Looking at My Mom’, which was followed by his debut mixtape ‘B.O.A’ (Birth Of Astro). Prior to this, in 2009, he had put out his first extended play, ‘The Astronomical Kid’. Astro subsequently released one more mixtape in 2010, titled ‘’The Chosen One’, and one in the following year, ‘The Chosen One Reloaded’.
Astro appeared on the stage of Fox’s reality television music competition show ‘The X Factor USA’ when he was 14 years old. Calling out to Simon Cowell, who was serving as one of the four judges, he started singing ‘Stop Looking at My Mom’ and instantly drew the judges’ attention. He passed the audition round and was the first performer in the week one (25 October). Performing Kris Kross’ ‘Jump’, he progressed to the next round. In the following weeks, he sang Naughty by Nature’s ‘Hip Hop Hooray’ and Missy Elliott’s ‘Get Ur Freak On’ (week two: 2 and 3 November), Eminem’s ‘Lose Yourself’ (week three: 9 and 10 November), Puff Daddy and Faith Evans’ ‘I’ll Be Missing You’ (week four: 16 and 17 November), and Jay-Z’s ‘Show Me What You Got’ (week five: 22 and 23 November). He was eventually eliminated after performing Michael Jackson’s ‘Black or White’ (week six: 30 November and 1 December).
After leaving the show, Astro brought out his fourth mixtape, ‘Loser’. In 2013, he released two mixtapes, ‘Deadbeats & Lazy Lyrics’ and ‘Starvin Like Marvin For A Cool J Song’. In 2014, he released his second single, ‘Champion’, which was accompanied by the release of his second EP, ‘Computer Era’. He is currently signed to Grade A Tribe Records. His first studio album ‘Grade A Frequencies’ was released in 2017.
Astro started off his acting career in 2012 by playing a character named Darren McGrady in an episode of CBS’ science fiction crime drama ‘Person of Interest’. He was later cast as Dash Hosney, one of the main characters of Fox’s short-lived teen medical comedy drama ‘Red Band Society’ (2014-15).
He made his cinematic debut in the 2014 found footage science fiction film, ‘Earth to Echo’, portraying a character named Tucker Simms. He then appeared in the neo-noir crime drama-thriller, ‘A Walk Among the Tombstones’, which also starred Liam Neeson, Dan Stevens, and David Harbour.
He worked with Academy-award-winning filmmaker Ang Lee in his 2016 war drama ‘Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk’. Astro is set to appear in Julius Onah’s next film ‘Luce’, which is based on a play by J. C. Lee.
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Personal Life
Astro was born on September 27, 1996, in Brooklyn, New York City, New York. In the absence of his father, Brian Vaughn Bradley Sr., he and his younger sister Regan were raised by their Jamaican mother, Cascia Thompson. Since his childhood, he had been listening to a wide range of music and was influenced by the likes of Marvin Gaye, Jay-Z, Stevie Wonder, Biggie Smalls, Boyz II Men, Mary J. Blige, Fu-Schnickens, Tupac Shakur, and Nas. He also found inspiration in the works of filmmaker Spike Lee.
Astro has been musically inclined all his life. After he turned ten years old, he started rapping professionally as his mother had told him that she would sponsor his studio time if he performed better in school.
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