Freshman Throwback: Child Star To Heartthrob

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When it comes to child stars transitioning into adult heartthrobs you can’t complete a list without talking about Usher.

In 1993 Usher hit the scene with “Call Me A Mack” (pictured) and has since evolved into one of the world’s most revered entertainers.

usher, call me a mack, child star, freshman class

usher, call me a mack, child star, freshman class

When it comes to child stars transitioning into adult heartthrobs you can’t complete a list without talking about Usher.

In 1993 Usher hit the scene with “Call Me A Mack” (pictured) and has since evolved into one of the world’s most revered entertainers.

ray j, tv, sinbad, let it go , child star, freshman class

ray j, tv, sinbad, let it go , child star, freshman class

Before he signed a deal with VH1 with hopes of finding love via reality television, Ray J inked his first record deal with Elektra/Asylum in the mid 90s. In 1997 Ray J made his debut, with a cameo from Brandy, in the ‘Set It Off’ soundtrack featured hit “Let It Go” (pictured).

Before the music however, Ray J debuted on television, with the help of Sinbad, at the age of 8.

Who knew Ray J had that many years in the game ?

tevin campbell, child star, freshman class

tevin campbell, child star, freshman class

While you might have seen the ‘grown up’ Tevin Campbell at the 2009 BET Awards, Campbell reached award-winning heights at the age of 15.

Introduced by Quincy Jones, Campbell went Platinum back to back with 1991s “T.E.V.I.N” and 1993s “I’m Ready”.

Among Campbell’s hits was the Soul Train Music Award winning “Can We Talk”..

sammie, child star, freshman class

sammie, child star, freshman class

Before Sammie teamed up with Soulja Boy on “Kiss Me Thru The Phone” or recorded the single “Body Rock,” music fans knew him as the little kid who sang “I Like’.

Making his debut in 1999 with “From The Bottom To The Top,” Sammie took a break after reaching Gold-certified and top 40 charting mainstream success.

Today, Sammie is readying the release of his next album “Coming of Age”.

jesse powell, child star, freshman class

jesse powell, child star, freshman class

While he may not have been in his lower teens when “You” and “All I Need” debuted, Jesse Powell followed in the footsteps of Tevin Campbell with his self titled effort.

Widely known for the hit single “You,” Powell has released a total of four albums.

mario, child star, freshman class

mario, child star, freshman class

At the age of 15, actor/singer/songwriter Mario wowed J Records executives and landed a recording contract.

By his 17th birthday, Mario had a hit single (“Just A Friend 2002”) and was on his way to releasing his best-charting album to-date “Turning Point”.

(pictured: Mario, Just A Friend 2002)

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