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Overview (3)

Born in Kingston, Jamaica
Birth NameSean Paul Henriques
Height 5' 8" (1.73 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Sean Paul Francis Henriques (born 9 January 1973), known professionally as Sean Paul, is a Jamaican dancehall rapper, singer and record producer. Sean Paul was born in Kingston, Jamaica to 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. Many members of his family 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 butterfly 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 swimming. In 2012, Paul married his longtime girlfriend Jodi Stewart, a Jamaican TV host. In August 2016, it was announced that the couple was expecting their first child. On 26 February 2017, Sean Paul announced the birth of his son, Levi Blaze.

Paul'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". Paul 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.

In 2002, 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. 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's third album The Trinity was released 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". The video of "Give It Up to Me" (featuring Keyshia Cole) was featured in the movie Step Up in 2006. He was nominated for four awards at the 2006 Billboard Music Awards, including male artist of the year, rap artist of the year, hot 100 single of the year, and pop single of the year for his hit "Temperature". He also won an American Music Award for "(When You Gonna) Give It Up to Me" beating Kanye West and Nick Lachey who were also nominated for the award. His song "Send It On" from "The Trinity" featured on the 2005 Vauxhall Corsa advert. Sean Paul often contributes his songs to various Riddim Driven albums (by VP Records). In March 2007, he returned to Jamaica to perform at the Cricket World Cup 2007 opening ceremony. Paul appears on the game Def Jam: Fight for NY as part of Snoop Dogg's crew and again in the game's sequel, Def Jam: Icon.

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. Speaking to Pete Lewis of 'Blues & Soul' magazine in August 2009, Sean Paul stated that 'Imperial Blaze' "Actually signifies 'The King's Fire'. It's that thing inside of you that gives you the desire to do whatever you do, and be the best in the world at it." The new album consists of 20 tracks including "So Fine", "Press it Up", "She Want Me", "Private Party" which are party tracks and also love songs such as "Hold My Hand" (feat Keri Hilson), "Lately", "Now That I've Got Your Love" among others. Producers on the album include Don Corleone, Jeremy Harding, and Sean's brother Jason 'Jigzagula' Henriques. All the full songs of the album have been added to Sean Paul's Myspace page on the day of release of the album. 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. Sean Paul appeared in Shaggy's video, "Save A Life", which also includes appearances from Elephant Man and Da'Ville, among others. In an effort to raise money for a children's hospital, Shaggy, Sean Paul and others had a benefit concert. All proceeds went towards getting new equipment and technology 'For Aid to the Bustamante Hospital for Children'. During the premiere for MNET's Big Brother Africa: All-Stars on 18 July 2010, he performed his songs "Temperature", "Hold My Hand", and "So Fine".

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".

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.

In June 2016, he signed with Island Records. 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.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: ahmetkozan

Spouse (1)

Jodi Stewart (26 May 2012 - present)

Trade Mark (2)

His Jamaican accent
Wears dark sunglasses

Trivia (20)

Recorded remix of Blu Cantrell's single "Breathe" (2003).
He is a Jamaican with Chinese and Portuguese roots (Henriques is a Portuguese surname).
Brother of Jason "Jigzagula" Henriques.
His parents, Garth and Frances, were both talented athletes, and his mother is a well-known painter.
Many members of his family are swimmers.
Played for the national water polo team from the age of thirteen to twenty-one. However, he gave up the sport in order to launch his musical career. He attended the Wolmers High School for Boys, Belair High School and the College of Arts, Science, and Technology (CAST) which is now known as the University of Technology (UTech) where he was trained in commerce with a view to pursuing an occupation in hotel management.
His paternal great-grandfather was a Sephardi Jew whose family immigrated from Portugal. His other ancestry is English, German, Afro-Jamaican, and Chinese.
Spent his early years in Upper Saint Andrew Parish, a few miles north of his birthplace.
Attended the Famous Stars and Straps 10th Anniversary and Snoop Dogg's 10th album release 'Malice N Wonderland' party.
Has become the most successful Jamaican artist of all time on the U.S. charts.
While Sean has a long history of recording hit duets - including the recent remix of Estelle's "Come on Over," preceded by "Give It Up To Me" with Keyshia Cole, "Break It Off" with Rihanna, 'Baby Boy" with Beyonce, and Give It to You Girl with Eve the new album does not rely on guest appearances. I always think its funny when people ask, Whos on your new album? says Sean with a grin. Its my album, you know?.
Wrote a tribute to his mother, entitled "Straight From My Heart," from his 2009 album, Imperial Blaze, for her birthday, and the depth of his emotions can be heard in every line.
Beat out Kanye West and Nick Lachey to win the American Music Award for Favorite Pop/Rock Male Artist in 2006.
Is a multi-platinum selling artiste many times over, and the most successful Jamaican artiste on the international charts. He's had three Billboard #1 singles and five Billboard Hot 100 top ten tunes. He has hand even more chart entries over three worldwide best-selling albums, which have sold more than 11-million copies worldwide.
He was a skilled athlete, excelling in swimming and especially water polo, playing for the Jamaican national team in the latter. Although his education was enough to land a prosperous career, dance-hall music remained Paul's first love, particularly crafting rhythm tracks.
He became a DJ after he began writing his own songs, patterning his style largely after Super Cat and finding a mentor in Don Yute; he also found contacts in several members of the reggae-pop band Third World in 1993, which helped open up business connections.
Began scoring hit singles in Jamaica starting in 1996 and thereafter steadily began attracting international attention, eventual breaking into the pop mainstream in 2002 with Dutty Rock.
Grew up comfortably in St. Andrew, Jamaica. St Andrew isn't far from Kingston, where he was born.
His favorite music is Lieutenant Stitchie, Supercat, Bob Marley, Peter Tosh, Cat Stevens, The Beatles, Busta Rhymes.
The 52nd Annual Grammy Awards [February 2010]

Personal Quotes (29)

I see dancehall reggae and hip-hop as fused together, When I was a kid, they were the two kinds of music that spoke to me and said 'Move!'
I've been approached by many different people, but I don't really want to be known as a collaboration dude.
I feel like I have things to say. And that's what I'm looking forward to.
I'm a big hip-hop fan since being a kid. It was the first music that spoke to me and made me feel like, 'Yeah.'
'Rent-a-tile' means when you go to a dance hall, some people take the middle of the dance floor and do their thing.
I know some very political people who rap, and they say very political things and they'll never get a deal.
Music is your own talent and is an important tool. Even if you don't want to be a role model, get ready to be in the public eye. Energy is there, you just have to use it.
I think kids should have a mentor and a role model, but that they shouldn't take one person's opinion to be what we call final assessment or judgment about how life is supposed to be.
It's about ladies, as usual. I'm telling the ladies I got the right temperature to keep them warm.
The world still hasn't seen the best of Sean Paul.
Please remember we all come from the same one and we will all return to that one, so there is no reason for fighting.
Dancehall is just like hip-hop in that it doesn't always talk about bling; it talks about conscious issues.
I like music when it makes you feel.
Music tells you about the artist and what they were thinking about at the time, because the person has to think about it to sing it.
I do feel I have a responsibility to the youths. For real.
I love the idea of the street vibe, having folks together, out in the street at midnight.
I'm still working on my career, still trying to learn from other artistes and develop my skills and my style.
Every time you think a negative thought, it's one step in the wrong direction, for me.
I remember being a bathtub singer. You know, the type that sings and everybody's like, 'Shut up.'
Sometimes you have to take a break from being a crazy kid. You can't be doing that all the time. Sometimes you just have to pay respect to your own simple-ness.
Most people are fortunate enough to stay two, three years in this game. I've been in it for seven years, and I feel like now, I'm just beginning.
With everything that's thrown at you, whether it be problems at home, problems at work - whatever - basically, if you remain positive, you can see your way out of that.
On 'Sufferer,' I'm talking about the younger generation that has no other option for success than to find a gun somewhere. I try to appeal to them: 'I know you a sufferer, but it doesn't mean that you can't or shouldn't expect any better.' It's a lot different than from what I usually say, like, 'Get busy, shake that thing.'
By the time my first album was out, I had been out in Jamaica three or four years, but I had hits out at that time that were bona fide hits.
I don't want to do something unproductive with my time, so I decided to do something musical. So it felt good to say, 'Yeah, I'm producing.' It gave me a fresh vibe - inspiring in a different way.
My lyrics come from my experiences growing up in life, trying to find out and express who I am. That's basically it. I'm not trying to be a prophet or anything like that. I'm just reflecting on life.
I would like to work with anyone in the business who wants to give respect back to the Jamaican vibe.
My flow follows sometimes what's going on in the hip-hop industry even though I'm speaking Jamaican patois.
'Time Rolls On' is my most political piece so far. It's not on my album because people didn't support it.

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