East Coast Artist, Khaleel Mandel releases his latest EP, “2019”
Multi-talented artist, Khaleel Mandel is a rapper-producer-singer-songwriter-composer and a multi-instrumentalist. He was born in Boston Massachusetts and raised in Bridgeport, CT. As a baby, Khaleel would attend numerous of his professional bass player father Carl Carterʼs performances. Now in Broadwayʼs Tony Award-Winning “Come From Away,” Carlʼs earlier work includes serving as Grammy Award Winning rap group Digable Planetsʼ bassist in 1994. At a Sound-check for the tour the classic album- “Blowout Comb,” Khaleel was in attendance while sitting in his car seat. From that point on, the Hip-Hop culture is embedded in the young Khaleel.
“When it all comes down to it, the music unfolds undiscovered messages. Discovering the unknown full time keeps me creative.”~Khaleel
In 2004, after Khaleel performed a rendition of “Rockin Robin” at Bridgeportʼs Playhouse Theater. Out on a limb, his mother sent the DVD version of that performance to the casting agency for Broadway musical The Lion King. Fast forward to 2005, Khaleel booked the role of Young Simba in the showʼs West Coast Tour company. Khaleel won the award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Musical from San Diegoʼs annual National Youth Theater Awards. Making him the only actor who played Young Simba to win anything for the role. After leaving the show, Khaleel went on to have numerous guest appearances for skits on Late Night With Conan oʼBrien and a guest role on Season 8 of Law and Order SVU.
In 2005, after hearing Jay-Zʼs “Change Clothes” for the first time, Khaleel was motivated to routinely research the science about techniques for constructing rap songs. While on tour with “The Lion King,” Khaleel always found time to create his own music on his fatherʼs Dell laptop and M-Audio keyboard. The clarity Khaleel gained from music software was strengthening by High School.
“The willpower of practicing juggling fruit is addictive, but when you keep dropping a piece for healthʼs sake you must eat the one, not from the ground”. ~Khaleel
This is how Khaleel describes his choice to leave college before his final year and pursue his music career full time. While in attendance at Penn State for musical theater, Khaleel met Vaughn Davis – artist and co-owner of their company-DoubleCrown Inc. Officially, the company forms at the end of December 2016. Be sure to connect with Khaleel on all social media and digital music platforms.
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