Contemporary R&B singer, songwriter, and producer Jordan Bratton was only nine years old when he played Simba in a Broadway production of The Lion King, but he eventually gravitated more toward music.
Bratton caught the attention of the RCA
label, who signed him on the strength of a performance that impressed. In late 2013, Bratton started to build interest outside his native New York with a free digital-download mixtape, The Grey Area, for which he provided all the production work and, rather daringly, made without a single guest spot. The following year, he was credited as co-songwriter and co-producer on Kim Cesarion
's "Angel Wings." Bratton's proper debut single, "Danger," featuring Fabolous
, was released in early 2015 as the teaser for the EP Youth, which he also promoted by opening for labelmate Jazmine Sullivan
. Released that May, Youth also contained "Prisoner," a track on which Chance the Rapper
provided a guest verse. After a handful of singles and featured appearances, Bratton completed Driver's Ed. The predominantly self-produced mixtape was released by RCA
in October 2017. ~ Andy Kellman, Rovi