Meet Qaasim Middleton American Idol 2015 Season 14 Top 24 Contestant
Born in Brooklyn, New York, Qaasim Middleton is a singer-songwriter and actor. He attended the “Fame” school–Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts. From an early age, Qaasim was cast as himself to join the 2007 Nickelodeon television show The Naked Brothers Band, where he appeared for all three seasons until it ended in 2009. During his time with the series, Qaasim was the guitar player for the band, and appeared with the group in various The Naked Brothers Band movies. After the show ended, Qaasim appeared in an HBO special The Music In Me, where he performed as a percussionist.
Qaasim comes from a show business family. His father is Keith Middleton “Wild Child” of the cast of Stomp. His mom, Toni Seawright, is an actress/singer-songwriter and the first African American Miss Mississippi. She was the 4th runner-up in Miss America.
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Greatly influenced by Jimi Hendrix, Qaasim’s YouTube covers show off his R&B voice. Recently, the performer has taken up tap dancing, which he also showcases on his channel. Qaasim made it to the top 24 of American Idol this season. We’ll see if the show highlights his showbusiness past, or focuses on something else entirely.
Overall Thoughts: There is a chance that Idol will paint him as a generic R&B singer and make him perform first with a hookless Bruno Mars song, but it is also possible that they will really build his story up. If Idol really builds on his story and history with music and television, expect Qaasim to stick around a while this season.
- Who’s Lovin’ You, by The Jackson Five
- Crazy Car, by The Naked Brothers Band- Granted this song is incredibly annoying, but it was a major part of the TV show, so maybe Qaasim could do it for nostalgias sake to build up his fanbase. Could actually be a good idea.
Watch Qaasim Middleton perform “Sir Duke” at his New York City audition