Sean Paul Biography
Sean Paul Ryan Francis Henriques is a Jamaican rapper, singer, record producer, and actor born 9 January 1973. Sean Paul was born in Kingston, Jamaica to his parents Garth and Frances. His mother is a well-known painter. His paternal grandfather is from a Jewish family that had emigrated from Portugal, and his paternal grandmother was Afro-Caribbean; his mother is of English and Chinese Jamaican descent. Sean Paul was raised as a Catholic. Most of his family members are swimmers. His grandfather was on the first Jamaican men’s national water polo team. His father also played water polo for the team in the 1960s, and competed in long-distance swimming, while Paul’s mother was a backstroke swimmer.
Paul played for the national water polo team from the age of 13 to 21, when he gave up the sport in order to launch his musical career. He attended Wolmer’s Boys’ School and the College of Arts, Science, and Technology, now known as the University of Technology, where he was trained in commerce with an aim of pursuing an occupation in hotel management.
Sean Paul Career
Sean’s manager and producer Jeremy Harding first heard about the singer when his brother told him about seeing someone at a small open mic event in Kingston who sounded a lot like the popular dancehall DJ and toaster Super Cat. Harding eventually met the singer when Paul came by his studio to ask for some advice. During the meeting Paul recorded a vocal over Harding’s rhythm track and in the process created the song “Baby Girl”. He began hanging out at the studio every day, and the pair collaborated on several more tracks. When they recorded “Infiltrate” they decided they had something good enough to get on the radio. As Sean Paul started to attract local attention, Harding began looking after his affairs. He later told HitQuarters that his support of Paul’s fledgling career initially led him assuming the roles of “DJ, manager, road manager and security guard.” Paul made a quick cameo appearance in the 1998 film Belly on stage performing. He made a very successful collaboration with DMX & Mr. Vegas (Top Shotter) as a soundtrack of the film. In 2000, Paul released his debut album, Stage One with VP Records.
He began working extensively with a team of producers and choreographers from Toronto, namely Jae Blaze and Blaze Entertainment and announced the release of his second album, Dutty Rock in 2002. Pushed by the success of the singles “Gimme the Light” and the Billboard Hot 100 topper, “Get Busy”, the album was a worldwide success, eventually selling over six million copies. The album Dutty Rock won the Reggae Album of the year at the 46th Annual Grammy Awards in 2004. His single “Get Busy” was also nominated for best Rap Song in that year. Simultaneously, Sean Paul was heard on Beyoncé’s U.S. #1 single “Baby Boy” and Blu Cantrell’s “Breathe”, a chart hit in Europe. Both helped to push his reputation further still in the United States. He appeared on Punk’d, 106 & Park, Sean Paul Respect, Making the Video (“Get Busy”, “Gimme the Light”, and “Like Glue”) and his music videos have been broadcast on MTV and BET.
Paul released his third album The Trinity on 27 September 2005. The album produced five big hits, “We Be Burnin'”, “Ever Blazin'”, “Give It Up to Me”, “Never Gonna Be the Same” and the U.S. chart-topping smash hit “Temperature”. Imperial Blaze was released on 18 August 2009. The lead single, “So Fine”, which was produced by Stephen “Di Genius” McGregor, premiered on Sean Paul’s official website on 26 April 2009. The album spawned eight music videos: “Always On My Mind (with Da’Ville)”, “Give It to You (with Eve)”, “Watch Them Roll”, “Back It Up” (with Leftside), “(I Wanna See You) Push It Baby” (with Pretty Ricky), “Hit ‘Em” (with Fahrenheit and his brother Jason “Jigzagula” Henriques), “Come Over” with Estelle,and also the video of his first single, “So Fine” from the new album.
The first single Got 2 Luv U features vocals from American singer Alexis Jordan. It was released on 19 July 2011 by Atlantic Records. The song was written by Sean Paul, Ryan Tedder and Stargate and produced by Stargate.
“She Doesn’t Mind” is the second single from the album. It was written by Sean Paul, Shellback and Benny Blanco and was produced by Shellback and Benny Blanco. It was released on 29 September 2011 on NRJ & Skyrock (French radios), and to iTunes on 31 October.Like its proceeder, “Got 2 Luv U”, featuring Alexis Jordan, it topped the charts in Switzerland, but it debuted at that spot. Sean appeared on the Never Mind the Buzzcocks episode which aired on 21 November 2011.
Tomahawk Technique was released on 18 September 2012 in USA. The album was nominated for the best reggae album in the 55th Grammy awards.Sean Paul is featured in the Simple Plan song “Summer Paradise”. In 2012, Sean Paul was asked to team up with electronic artist Congorock and Moombahton artist Stereo Massive to feature vocals on their song “Bless Di Nation”.
During 2013, Paul worked on his sixth studio album Full Frequency, which was released on 18 February 2014. The first single on the album, “Other Side of Love”, was released to iTunes on 10 June 2013. The second single, “Entertainment”, which features 2 Chainz and Juicy J, was released on 25 June 2013. Paul released the official remix to “Entertainment” on 3 September 2013 with an additional feature from Nicki Minaj. “Turn It Up” was released as a single in the UK on 20 October 2013. It was to be released in Germany on 22 November 2013. “Want Dem All” was released as a single in the U.S. on 5 November 2013. The album features guest appearances from Damian Marley, Iggy Azalea, Brick & Lace, Konshens, Nicki Minaj, 2 Chainz & Juicy J. Also in 2013, Paul was featured on the single “What About Us” by British girl group The Saturdays. The single went straight to the top of the Official UK Charts with over 100,000 sales in its first week, becoming the fastest selling single of the year at the time of release.
In January 2014, Paul was the main international artist at Fiestas Palmares 2014 in Costa Rica. Also in 2014, Paul was featured on the official English-language version of long-running Latin American chart topper “Bailando” by Enrique Iglesias featuring Gente de Zona and Descemer Bueno. The video for the English version was shot concurrently with the video for the Spanish version in Santo Domingo. The English version would prove to be a worthy compliment to the historic Spanish version reaching top 10 status in the United States and topping the charts of several other countries.
Sean Paul appeared on the Apocalypse Soon EP by electronic group Major Lazer, on the track “Come On to Me”, which was released as the second single from the album, after “Aerosol Can”, a collaboration with Pharrell Williams. He also collaborated with Nigerian recording artist Timaya on a remix of his song “Bum Bum”, a reference to Sam Roberts in Sheffield, England. An accompanying video directed by Shutah Films was released online on 11 April. The album was also nominated for Best Reggae Album at the Grammy’s in 2015. But, in September 2014, Sean Paul confirmed that he had left Atlantic Records & will become an independent artist. On 6 July 2015, Paul released the music video for his song “Take It Low” on the album Full Frequency.
Sean Paul enjoyed a commercial resurgence in his career throughout 2016 after being featured on three largely successful hit singles by Australian singer Sia, girl band Little Mix and classical crossover group Clean Bandit. On 6 February 2016, Paul performed in the opening ceremony of Pakistan Super League. On 11 February 2016, Sia released a remix version of her song “Cheap Thrills” featuring Paul. The song became an international hit, reaching number one in more than 15 countries, including the United States, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Spain and Sweden. On 11 April 2016, it was confirmed that Paul would be featured on a track by Little Mix called “Hair”, from their third album Get Weird.
He signed with Island Records in June 2016. In November 2016, Paul cited Toots and the Maytals as inspiration when it comes to his own personal career longevity by saying, “I’ve seen some great people in my industry, you know, people like Toots…Toots and the Maytals. Toots he’s a great reggae artist and he’s still doing it…He’s up there in years and he’s doing it. Those kind of artists inspire me. I know I’m just going to keep on doing music as long as I can.”In October 2016, Clean Bandit released the song “Rockabye”, which features Paul and English singer Anne-Marie. It spent nine consecutive weeks at number one, and gained the coveted Christmas number one. On 18 November 2016, he released the lead single off his upcoming seventh studio album, “No Lie” featuring Dua Lipa.
Sean Paul’s Albums
- Stage One (2000)
- Dutty Rock (2002)
- The Trinity (2005)
- Imperial Blaze (2009)
- Tomahawk Technique (2012)
- Full Frequency (2014)