Qaasim Middleton

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Qaasim Middleton
Qaasim Asani Malik Seawright-Middleton

Brooklyn, New York City
Years active2005–present

Qaasim Asani Malik Seawright-Middleton is an American actor, singer and musician best known for his role on The Naked Brothers Band.[1] Qaasim is also known for his role on the HBO documentary movie The Music in Me. In 2015, he finished in eight place in the fourteenth of American Idol.[2]

Early life[edit]

Qaasim Middleton was born in Brooklyn, New York. He is the son of actor/musician-songwriter Keith Middleton, who performed in the New York cast of STOMP, and actress/singer-songwriter Toni Seawright, the first African American Miss Mississippi and a 4th runner-up in Miss America.[3][4] He graduated from Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts.


Middleton is the guitar player for The Naked Brothers Band.[3] He is the newest member to the band and is the replacement for Cole Hawkins and Joshua Kaye as lead guitarist. In the show, it is revealed that he is greatly influenced by Jimi Hendrix. He was also featured in HBO's The Music in Me where he performed as a percussionist.[5]

American Idol[edit]

While in the Top 11, after receiving the lowest number of votes for the week, Middleton was given by the judges the only elimination save of the season and finished in eighth place.

Performances and results[edit]

Episode Theme Song choice Original artist Order Result
Audition Auditioner's Choice Sir Duke Stevie Wonder N/A Advanced
Hollywood Round – Solo Auditioner's Choice Give Me Love Ed Sheeran N/A Advanced
Hollywood Round – Group Group Performance "Story of My Life"
(with Daniel Seavey, Savion Wright and Trevor Douglas)
"One Direction" N/A Advanced
House of Blues (Top 48) Solo N/A Advanced
Top 24 (12 Men) Personal Choice "Uptown Funk" Mark Ronson feat. Bruno Mars 12 Advanced
Top 16 Motown "I Wish" Stevie Wonder 7 Safe
Top 12 Back to the Start "Sir Duke" Stevie Wonder 8
Top 11 Party Songs "Jet" Paul McCartney 6 Saved
Movie Night "Come Together" The Beatles 11 Safe
Top 9 Songs from the 1980s "Addicted to Love" Robert Palmer 8
Top 8 Evening with Kelly Clarkson "Stronger (What Doesn't Kill You)" Kelly Clarkson 6 Eliminated
Top 7 Billboard Hot 100 "Hey Ya!" Outkast N/A


Digital singles[edit]

Year Song
2015 "Addicted to Love"
"Stronger (What Doesn't Kill You)



  1. ^ Angermiller, Michele Amabile 'American Idol' Finalist Qaasim Middleton: 'I Want to Pack Stadiums in a Year or Two' Billboard. June 30, 2015
  2. ^ Gamboa, Glenn 'American Idol': Brooklyn's Qaasim Middleton out of competition Newsday. June 30, 2015
  3. ^ a b "Kidsday Talks With Nickelodeon's Qaasim Middleton". Los Angeles Times. Washington Post News Service. July 8, 2008.
  4. ^ Campbell, Donna (January 22, 2015). "South Mississippians make a showing on 'American Idol'". Sun Herald. Biloxi, Mississippi.
  5. ^ "The Music in Me (2006) (TV) – Full cast and crew". IMDb.

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