A San Diego native, Cannon began performing at eight years of age after his grandfather left him several instruments as a gift. Through what Cannon recalls as "a lot of trial and failure," he recorded his first song at home on his boom box. Soon after, Cannon took to the stage to perform his music along with some stand-up routines. He then founded the San Diego-based rap duo Da Bom Squad, whose hip-hop rhythms rocked such venues as Billboard Live, opening for superstars such as Will Smith, Montell Jordan and LFO. Cannon's full-time music career, however, would have to wait as opportunities in stage and television began pouring in.
Nick Cannon headed for Hollywood when he was sixteen years old and landed gigs at world-renowned comedy venues including The Improv, The Laugh Factory and The Comedy Store. Cannon went on to share the stage with the likes of Chris Tucker, Damon Wayans and Chris Rock. Nick landed his first television gig as the warm-up act for Nickelodeon's long-running hit series All That. Producers quickly recognized that Cannon's calling was in front of the camera. He became a regular on the show as well as the co-host of Nickelodeon's All That Music Festival and More (47-city) tour, which featured artists such as B*Witched, Blaque, A-Teens, LFO and more. Cannon's performances on Nickelodeon's TEENick In Concert series enjoyed audiences of over half a million fans. But it's his work as co-host of Nickelodeon's Snick House and as host of the music-based TEENick programming block that catapulted him to leading-man status. This path culminated in the creation of The Nick Cannon Show, featuring Cannon "taking over" real-life situations such as a family dinner, a baseball game or lunchtime at a high school cafeteria. Through the show, Cannon got a chance to "mix it up" with celebrity guests such as Eddie Murphy, Britney Spears, Usher, The Sopranos' Joe Pantoliano, Mary J. Blige, Master P and Lil' Romeo.
Cannon's powerful stage presence has captivated more than just pint-sized audiences. While he enjoyed tremendous success on Nickelodeon, Cannon has recently been catapulted to the big screen. He recently landed his first leading role in a feature film in Drumline, which will be released by Fox on December 13th. In the film, he plays a talented drummer from Harlem who receives a full scholarship to a college in Atlanta. The soundtrack, on Jive Records, includes Nick Cannon's "I'm Scared of You." He also made a cameo appearance as an autopsy agent in the blockbuster feature film "Men In Black 2." Television, film and music superstar Will Smith has been serving as his mentor, collaborating with him on a television pilot called Loose Cannon. "Will has been such a positive force in my life," says Cannon, "he told me that I remind him of himself when he was younger. That's the most incredible compliment anyone could ever give me!" Further following in Smith's footsteps, Nick recently recorded a cover of the Fresh Prince/DJ Jazzy Jeff hit "Parents Just Don't Understand" with Lil' Romeo and 3LW for the Paramount Pictures/Nickelodeon feature film Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius soundtrack. Cannon has appeared on, and even guest-hosted, MTV's Total Request Live.
Other credits include a guest-starring role on the UPN series The Parkers and a starring role in an upcoming music video for the R&B group BLAC. Also look for Cannon to star in a remake of "Can't Buy Me Love," the 1987 James Foley-directed film about an unpopular kid who hires a cheerleader to pretend to be his girlfriend in order to improve his social status.
Nick Cannon is well on his way to being a household name. Listen for the first single from his Jive debut album, "Your Pops Don't Like Me," in January 2003!!