Birth and Early Life:
Sean Kingston was born Kisean Anderson on February 3, 1990 in Miami, Florida. He was raised for much of his childhood in Kingston, Jamaica. Surrounded by adults with difficult lives, Kingston ended up arrested for breaking-and-entering at age 11. He spent time in jail as a result. When Sean Kingston was 15, his mother and sister were sent to prison. This was a particular difficult event in the teenager's life.
Quote from Sean Kingston:
From Sean Kingston's official site on the song "Beautiful Girls":
"I heard the track 'Stand By Me,' one night in the studio while listening to the radio and asked J.R. if anyone had ever used that sample. He made the beat immediately and I wrote down the lyrics within an hour it happened very quickly. I loved the way it turned out and I think my sound is a lot different than what else is out there."
Hooking Up With Producer J.R. Rotem:
Sean Kingston connected with producer JR Rotem through persistent contacts on MySpace. Rotem saw the young singer as a talent hungry for success like himself and decided to sign Kingston as the first artist for his new label, Beluga Heights. Eventually, he signed a deal with Epic Records that gained major label distribution for Sean Kingston's debut.
"Beautiful Girls" Is a Smash Hit:
Sean Kingston's first release was the dark hip hop of "Colors." It failed to chart significantly and was followed by the sunnier sounding "Beautiful Girls." Fueled by the familiar backing music of Ben E. King's classic "Stand By Me," the new single began quickly climbing the pop singles chart. When it was finally released for digital downloads, the 260,000 first week sales were the second highest weekly total ever behind only Rihanna's "Umbrella." The song reached #1 in the US at the end of July, 2007.
Sean Kingston's Sound:
Sean Kingston's music blends rap, reggae, pop, and doo-wop. He writes or co-writes all of his own songs. Kingston is distinctive from most other hip hop artists in keeping the language of his music absent of profanity.
Looking to the Future:
"Me Love," the second single from Sean Kingston's debut album, is rising up the charts as quickly as "Beautiful Girls." He is one of the top new pop artists of 2007. Sean Kingston hopes to become involved in the business side of music in the future. He also hopes to revisit a past interest in acting.