Leslie Odom Jr. Opens Up About his Transition From Hip Hop Music on Broadway with “Hamilton” to Pursuing his Solo Jazz Career

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Recently accepting the award for leading actor in a musical at the Tony Awards for his work on “Hamilton,” Leslie Odom Jr. has decided to transition from Broadway music to his solo career when his contract ends on July 9th.

Joining Sway in the Morning to speak on his upbringing and role on the wildly popular Broadway musical he breaks down why he is making a career change. Starting with his schooling at a young age he brings up his 5th grade teacher Ms. Turner who pushed him to be more creative. Taking time to reflect he says he wishes he would have remembered to thank her during his Tony Awards speech.

Watching the brilliance of Lin-Manual Miranda over the years he speaks on Miranda’s love and appreciation which bleeds into the music of “Hamilton.” He lights up as he talks about fellow co-stars including a recent Sway in the Morning guest Renee Elise Goldsberry.

While he has loved his time on the show Odom Jr is also filled with joy when talking about his self titled album and his chance to give it a proper roll out now after first being recorded a few years ago. Opening up about his love for jazz and appreciation for artists like Bilal and Jill Scott he breaks down his song “Joey Joey Joey.”

Catch the full interview above and grab Leslie Odom Jr’s self-titled album on iTunes.

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