ARTIST PROFILE

Sean Kingston

Name: Sean KingSton

Birthday: February 3, 1990

Fav Dish: Thai Chicken Pizza

Kisean Anderson (born February 3, 1990), known professionally as Sean Kingston, is a Jamaican-American singer, songwriter, rapper and actor whose first album, Sean Kingston, was released in 2007.

Kisean Anderson was born on February 3, 1990, in Miami, Florida, and moved to Kingston, Jamaica, when he was six. He attended high school in Ocho Rios. His grandfather was the noted Jamaican reggae producer Lawrence Lindo, who worked under the stage name Jack Ruby.

Kingston was discovered on Myspace by Tommy Rotem at Beluga Heights, and signed to the label in a partnership deal with Sony. In an interview with HitQuarters label head and producer J.R. Rotem described this process with regards to Kingston:

“Sean Kingston was a rapper when we found him and it was a development process to get him more melodic. At Beluga we essentially refine the talent so that it’s more of a marketable product.”

In a venture between Epic Records and Koch Records, Kingston recorded and released the single “Beautiful Girls” in May 2007. The song peaked at the top of the Billboard Hot 100. “Beautiful Girls” was a success internationally, topping the charts in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the Republic of Ireland, Spain and the United Kingdom.

In the latter country, the song spent four weeks at the summit of the UK Singles Chart. In 2007, Kingston was the opening act for Gwen Stefani’s The Sweet Escape Tour and for select dates on Beyoncé’s The Beyoncé Experience Tour. In 2008, he was one of the opening acts for the Australian leg of Kelly Clarkson’s My December Tour.

Since Sean is a Jamaican singer, he got his stage name from the capital of Jamaica called Kingston.
In March 2014, Kingston announced plans for his upcoming fourth studio album while stating that he will be recording with Disney and pop star Zendaya. At the same time, he said that they’re both recording a song titled “Heart on Empty”, which Kingston described as “a soulful ballad that you all will be sure to remember.”

In March 2015, Kingston posted on Instagram a picture with Swedish record producer RedOne, confirming that they are working on the album. In May 2015, Sean Kingston posted a snippet of the then-upcoming lead single from his fourth studio album. On September 14, 2015, Kingston premiered his first single in two years titled “Wait Up”, which will be the lead single off his upcoming fourth studio album. The song was announced on his Twitter page 10 days earlier.

The lead single from Kingston’s fourth studio album is “Wait Up”, with a lyric video later made for the song. Music videos were released for “One Away” and “All I Got” in January and March 2016, respectively.

Kingston filmed a public service announcement with Do Something to encourage teens to become active in their communities by forming a Do Something club. In 2010, he appeared with one of his dogs in an ad for PETA, encouraging people not to chain their dogs outside

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