Sean Paul – Biography
Currently, Sean Paul tops the charts with Cheap Thrills collaboration with pop-star Sia; the song has also been nominated for Party Song of the year for the Teen Choice Award. The toaster is also topping the charts with a slew of dance friendly tracks including Tornado from DJ Moh Green and featuring Nicky B and Clayton Hamilton, Trumpets from the production duo of Sak Noel & Salvi. His easy going collaboration with Magic on Lay You Down Easy and pop inspired collaboration with Jay Sean on Make My Love Go are also gaining traction internationally.
Sean Paul’s distinct voice, catchy rhythms and first class production, have been the perfect blend for the success of this Grammy Award-winning Jamaican international superstar. Born Sean Paul Henriques in Jamaica on January 9, 1973, he rose to international fame in 2002 with the success of his second studio album Dutty Rock, which was fuelled by his Billboard Hot 100 chart toppers, Gimmie the Light and Get Busy.
Sean Paul attended the University of Technology with hopes of pursuing a profession in Hotel Management but his love for music was more powerful. His recording career began in the late nineties with the premiere of his single, Baby Girl. In 2000, Sean Paul released his debut album Stage One with VP Records. To date he has released eight studio albums including; Dutty Rock, 2002; which he won the Grammy for Best Reggae Album, The Trinity, 2005; which was certified platinum in Europe and by the Recording Industry Association of America. He also went on to release Imperial Blaze, 2009; Tomahawk Technique, 2012, and most recently Full Frequency in 2014 which were all well received.
Sean Paul’s hard work and dedication over the years has earned him several Grammy and Billboard Music Award nominations. His accomplishments include an American Music Award, MOBO Awards, Soul Train Awards, MTV Music Awards, ASCAP Rhythm and Soul Music Awards, a Source Award and a BET Award. He is the only Jamaican artiste to have won an American Music Award (2006) for Favourite Pop/Rock Male artiste and also the first Jamaican to be featured on the cover of Vibe Magazine. Sean Paul enjoys such accolades but is keen on remaining humble and making his fans proud.
The success of his albums and his affinity for live performances have brought him much fame. In addition to being the first Jamaican artiste to perform in Kazakstan as well Madagascar, the multi-platinum artiste has ignited stages in well over 100 other countries, performing for huge audiences in some of the biggest venues around the world.
While cemented in reggae and dancehall from his home country, Sean maintains a multi-national presence with numerous collaborations in genres such as EDM, soca, pop, afrobeats and Latin. The cross-over icon also boasts a remarkable fan base in Latin America, Japan, Europe and USA. In 2014, his relationship with Spanish audiences spiked after an alignment with both Puerto Rican Reggaeton singer Farruko on the single Passion Whine, and global recording sensation Enrique Iglesias who contacted Sean Paul to partner on Bailando. The latter peaked at number one in 33 countries and its music video generated over 1.7 million views on YouTube.
Over the span of his career, Sean Paul has worked with quite a number of international and local hip-hop stars such as Busta Rhymes, Beyonce, Rihanna, Keysha Cole, Kelly Rowland, Juicy J, 2Chainz and Nicki Minaj. He has also partnered with reggae and dancehall acts such as Damian ‘Junior Gong’ Marley, Wayne Marshall, Ce’Cile, Tami Chynn, and long-time acquaintances Dutty Cup.
Aside from being a top notch performer, Sean Paul is an excellent music producer and has created music with a number of top Jamaican artistes. Konshens, JCapri, Cham, Beenie Man, Bounty Killa, Elephant Man, Ding Dong, Vanessa Bling, Mr. Vegas and Denyque, are just a few of the multi-talented artistes featured on his Full Speed Riddim that was released in early 2015.
When not in the studio or on stage, Sean Paul likes to keep active with a round of tennis. He also enjoys intellectual conversations, drinking herbal tea and watching or participating in sports like basketball and swimming.