Leslie Odom Jr. | photo by Ben De La Cruz for NPR
Leslie Odom Jr. showcases Mr in his Tiny Desk Concert
Recently out with a brand new album of solo material, Broadway star Leslie Odom Jr. stopped by NPR’s Tiny Desk to perform some of his original songs. The Tony- and Grammy-winning performer may be best known for his role as Aaron Burr in Hamilton, but following his run with the musical Odom’s been focusing on his solo career as a singer and actor.
Odom’s new album Mr is his third full-length and first to feature original material. With a full band and backup singers (including his wife, actress Nicolette Robinson), Odom Jr. pulled out three of its R&B-influenced tracks to play behind the Tiny Desk. He opens the set with the piano- and guitar-driven “Cold,” moves into the slow ballad “Foggy,” and closes with “Hummingbird,” which he calls an “odd little bop” that’s also his two-year-old’s favorite song on the album.
Odom stars alongside Cynthia Erivo and Janelle Monae in the new Harriet Tubman biopic, Harriet, that comes out this month. Next year he heads out on his Stronger Magic tour behind the new album, and will play a show at World Cafe Live on March 31, 2020. Tickets are on sale now; find more information on the XPN Concert Calendar.