Born on July 18, 1979 in Chicago, Illinois, Jason Weaver has always been surrounded by the world of entertainment. His mother Kitty Haywood, a legendary studio singer, was a staple in his young life and encouraged his pursuit of singing as well as acting. In being surrounded by the some of the best entertainers to date, Jason learned some of the most intricate works of the industry and found himself even more intrigued and driven in his goal of stardom.
Weaver got his break in acting as a kid named Ernie, in the movie, “The Kid Who Loved Christmas”. By the age of 12, Jason had appeared in two other projects; “The Long Walk Home”, a film by Whoopi Goldberg and “Brewster’s Place”, a television series produced by Oprah Winfrey. Having been successful in his previous three roles, it was imminent that this young man’s career would be of legendary status. In 1992, Weaver landed the role of a lifetime. He was cast to play the young and most talented Michael Jackson in the small screen film, “The Jackson’s: An American Dream.” This made for television movie garnered him raved reviews and proved to be a launching pad for other areas of his career.
1993 branded Weaver in one of the two most notable roles of his career. Playing alongside Brandy in the television series “Thea”, Jason continued his acting success until the abrupt cancellation of the show later that year. Weaver landed a role in one of the top Disney film’s in 1994. Jason was blessed with the opportunity to display his other talent; singing. He graced us with his passionate sound as the singing voice of Simba in the box office hit, “The Lion King”. In 1997, he continued his on screen success as teenage sibling, Marcus Henderson, in the hit television series “Smart Guy”.
After a two year hiatus, Jason was back at it with a role in the civil rights movie, “Freedom Song”, starring Danny Glover and Loretta Divine, to name a few. The turn of the millennium also brought about a huge turn in Weaver’s career. In 2002, he enjoyed a highly successful role as Earnest in the mega hit movie “Drumline”, opposite Nick Cannon. The movie was set in Jason’s hometown of Atlanta. In 2004, Weaver followed the success of “Drumline” with a role in “The Lady Killers”, starring Tom Hank.
In 2006, Jason Weaver was back in Atlanta to shoot “ATL”, starring T.I. The Chris Robinson film was set in a roller rink and depicted the life of a teenage male that deals with the everyday struggles of finance, school, and friendship, but finds solace in a female that he meets at the roller rink he frequents. Let it be known that TI’s female costar is not as she appears. The movie was a huge box office success.
In addition to Jason’s enormous success as an actor, he sets his site on his other love, music. After releasing only one of his two albums with Motown in the early 90s, Weaver enjoyed short lived success from “Love Ambition”. He has since refocused his energy and dedication to long hours in the studio in pursuit of his musical dreams. The 2004 hit, “One Call Away” by Chingy, featured a rejuvenated Weaver singing the hook. This single topped the Billboard 100 chart at #2 in the U.S and #26 in the UK. In late 2006, Jason worked with BG on his new album and did several collaborations with close friend and super producer/writer Roger “Mista Raja” Green on his album, “Chip off the Ol’ Block”, due to be released in mid 2007.
With Weaver’s long list of accomplishments in his star career, many power hitters in the entertainment industry suggest that this Hollywood story is only at its midpoint. Jason is set to release his second album, entitled, “Declaration of Independance”, in early summer 2007.
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