Ariana Grande’s ‘Victorious’ Co-Star Is Behind Some of Her Most Notable Songs

Ariana Grande has had a storied and prolific career so far as a recording artist. She’s worked with numerous songwriters and producers, and one of them is none other than her good friend and co-star on Victorious.

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Who is Leon Thomas III?

Thomas, 26, is an actor, singer, songwriter, and producer. He got his start on Broadway, appearing as a child in The Lion King, Caroline, or Change, and The Color Purple.

After appearing in shows, particularly on Nickelodeon, like Just Jordan, iCarly, and The Naked Brothers Band, he landed the main role of Andre Harris on Victorious. The show also starred Grande, Victoria Justice, Elizabeth Gillies, Avan Jogia, Daniella Monet, and Matt Bennett.

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After Victorious, Thomas, who was heavily involved in the music on the show, became very involved in record production as a part of The Rascals with Khristopher Riddick-Tynes.

On the film and television front, he’s also appeared in several works over the past few years including a recurring role on HBO’s Insecure and a role in the movie Detroit.

What Ariana Grande songs has Leon Thomas III written and produced?

Most of Grande and The Rascals’ work together was on the singer’s first album, Yours Truly. On the album, Thomas co-wrote and co-produced the second single, “Baby I,” as well as the tracks “Honeymoon Avenue,” “Tattooed Heart,” “Lovin’ It,” and “You’ll Never Know.”

On her first Christmas EP, Christmas Kisses, Thomas also co-produced all of the songs and co-wrote the two original tracks. The songs on the album were “Last Christmas,” “Snow in California,” “Love is Everything,” and “Santa Baby.” The latter track truly made for a Victorious moment, as it featured one of their Victorious co-stars, Elizabeth Gilles.

Which other artists has Thomas produced for?

Aside from Grande, Thomas has worked with a plethora of artists with The Rascals. They wrote and produced Zendaya and Chris Brown’s 2016 song “Something New,” Toni Braxton’s “I’d Rather Be Broke,” Ty Dolla $ign’s “Solid,” and more. On Post Malone’s 2016 album, Stoney, Thomas was credited as a co-producer on the project as a whole.

So far in 2019, the duo has produced songs like Arin Ray and Kehlani’s “Change,” Rick Ross and Drake’s “Gold Roses,” and several others.

Perhaps in 2020, we’ll see another musical collaboration between Thomas and Grande!