Maestro in the Making

Sixteen-year-old actor and aspiring singer Maestro Harrell is one local to watch in 2008.

If we had to pick one local to watch in 2008, our money would be on Maestro Harrell, an actor and aspiring R & B singer who, at 16, still has homework to do. Harrell, a junior at Morgan Park Academy in Beverly, figured prominently in season 4 of HBO’s critically acclaimed The Wire (just out on DVD), and this spring he has a film role in Quebec, featuring fellow Chicagoan John C. Reilly.

The convivial teen—who has already guested on Jay Leno’s show six times—says he got hooked on an entertainment career early: As a tot, his first brush with music was tinkering on a little keyboard his parents put in his crib. So it’s no surprise to hear that he’s working with superstar writer-producer Jermaine Dupri on his début music album, due out later this year.

“In ten years, I hope to be working on a movie, have a couple of platinum records, maybe an Oscar or a Grammy,” he says. But in the next ten minutes, he has to study for his Spanish test. 


Photograph: Andreas Larsson; Location: Top Notch Beefburger

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