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Sean Paul

Sean Paul at the B-live concert, September 2007.
Background information
Birth name Sean Paul Ryan Francis Henriques
Born January 9, 1973 (1973-01-09) (age 37)
Origin Kingston, Jamaica
Genres Dancehall, Reggae
Occupations Deejay, musician, rapper
Instruments Vocals
Years active 1996–present
Labels VP, Atlantic
Associated acts Dutty Cup Crew, Busta Rhymes, Estelle, Jay Sean , Akon, Kardinal Offishall
Website Official Website

Sean Paul Ryan Francis Henriques[1] (born January 9, 1973),[1][2] who performs under the name Sean Paul, is a Jamaican dancehall[3] musician who is the lead singer in the Dutty Cup Crew.


Life and career

1973–1996: Early life

Sean Paul was born in Kingston, Jamaica, and spent his early years in Upper Saint Andrew Parish, a few miles north of Kingston. His parents, Garth and Frances, were both talented athletes, and his mother is a well-known painter. His paternal grandfather was a Sephardic Jew whose family immigrated from Portugal, and his paternal grandmother was Afro-Caribbean. His mother is of English and Chinese-Jamaican descent. Sean Paul was raised 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 Sean Paul's mother was a backstroke swimmer. Sean Paul played for the national water polo team from the age of thirteen to twenty-one, when 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, now known as the University of Technology, where he was trained in commerce with a view to pursuing an occupation in hotel management.

1996–2004: Stage One and Dutty Rock

Sean Paul in September 2005.

He made a quick cameo appearance in the 1998 film Belly on stage performing. In 2000, Sean 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. 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.

During this period, 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 biggest hits included "Get Busy", "Like Glue", "Gimme the Light", "Baby Boy", and "I'm Still in Love with You".

2005–2008: The Trinity

Sean Paul's third album The Trinity was released in on September 27, 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 "(When You Gonna) Give It up to Me" (featuring Keyshia Cole) was also 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".[4] 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 his native Jamaica to perform at the Cricket World Cup 2007 opening ceremony.

Sean 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.

2009: Imperial Blaze

The newest Sean Paul album entitled "Imperial Blaze" was released on August 18, 2009. The lead single, “So Fine”, which was produced by Stephen “Di Genius” McGregor, premiered on Sean Paul's official website on April 25, 2009.[5][6]

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." [7]

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.[7] All the full songs of the album have been added to Sean Paul's Myspace page [8] page on the day of release of the album.

Up until now there have been eight music videos: "Always On My Mind (with Da'Ville)", "Give It To You (with Eve)", "Watch Them Roll", "Back It Up" (with Left Side/Mr. Evil), "(I Wanna See You) Push It Baby" (with Pretty Ricky), "Hit 'Em" (with Fahrenheit and his brother Jason "Jigzagula" Henriques), "Come Over" with Estelle.[9] and also the video of his first single, "So Fine" from the new album.

He has recently been featured 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 and the others will be having a benefit concert. All proceeds raised will go towards getting new equipment and technology 'For Aid to the Bustamante Hospital for Children'. Also Has Performed a Remix of Dangerous with Kardinal Offishall and Akon.

To promote the Imperial Blaze and to show respect for his fans he has started to use twitter as @duttypaul He writes there about his new songs, his daily life, tour dates, collaborations and different events in his career.


Awards and nominations

World Music Awards in May 2007.
  • American Music Awards
    • 2006, Favorite Pop/Rock Male Artist (winner)
    • 2003, Favorite Hip-Hop/Rap Male Artist (nominated)
    • 2003, Favorite Hip-Hop/Rap Album Dutty Rock (nominated)
  • Grammy Awards
    • 2006, Best Reggae Album: The Trinity (nominated)
    • 2004, Best New Artist: (nominated)
    • 2004, Best Reggae Album: Dutty Rock (winner)
    • 2004, Best Male Rap Solo Performance: "Get Busy" (nominated)
    • 2010, Best Reggae Album: Imperial Blaze (nominated)
  • MOBO Awards
    • 2009, Best Reggae Act (Winner)
    • 2006, Best Reggae Act (Winner)
    • 2005, Best Reggae Act (Nominated)
  • MTV Video Music Awards
    • 2006, Best Dance Video "Temperature" (nominated)
    • 2003, Best Dance Video "Get Busy" (nominated)
    • 2003, Best New Artist "Get Busy" (nominated)
  • Soul Train Awards
    • 2009, Best Reggae Artist (Winner)
    • 2007, Best Dance Cut "When You Gonna (Give It Up to Me)" (nominated)


Sean Paul has collaborated with: Beyoncé Knowles, Rihanna, Akon, Pitbull, Keri Hilson, Jay Sean, Sean Kingston, Estelle, Chris Brown, Jay-Z, 50 Cent, Eve, Snoop Dogg, Shaggy, Ziggy Marley, Beenie Man, Elephant Man, Busta Rhymes, Kelis, Carlos Santana, Gwen Stefani Kardinal Offishall, Keyshia Cole, Pretty Ricky Missy Eliot, Vybz Kartel, Joss Stone, T-Pain, Wyclef Jean, Shabba Ranks, Mya, Lil Jon, Twista, Mr. Vegas, De La Soul, Fabolous, Wisin & Yandel, Fatman Scoop, Kid Kurup, Jully Black, Wayne Wonder, Richie Stephens, Looga Man, Shano, Lil' Scrappy, Nina Sky, Daddy Yankee, Alison Hinds, Sasha, Tami Chynn, Bunny Rugs, Liza, Tony Touch, Wayne Marshall, Labba, Delly Hawkeye, Cecile, Chico, Munga, Mr. Easy, Mr. Chicken, Destra Garcia, Legitimate, Jimmy Cozier, Bling Dawg, Josee, R. Kelly, Busy Signal, Da'Ville, Lady Saw, Chewbakka Das EFX, Debi Nova, Don Corelone, DMX, Little Kirk, Kool & the Gang, Spanner Banner, Spragga Benz, Rampage, Pras, Rahzel, Chino, his hypemen Farenheit and Jigzagula (his brother)


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Simple English

Sean Paul
Birth name Sean Paul Henriques
Born January 9, 1973 (1973-01-09) (age 38)
Origin Kingston, Jamaica
Genres Reggae, Dancehall
Occupations Deejay, singer
Instruments Vocals
Years active 1996–present
Labels VP, Atlantic

Sean Paul Ryan Francis Henriques (born January 9, 1973) is a popular and well-known Jamaican reggae and dancehall musician. He is also known by nickname, Sean Paul.


  • Stage One (2000)
  • Dutty Rock (2002)
  • The Trinity (2005)
  • Imperial Blaze (2009)


  • 2004: Grammy Award - Best Reggae Album (Dutty Rock)
  • 2005: Billboard Music Award - Best selling Reggae Artist of the Year
  • 2005: Billboard Music Award - Top Selling Reggae Album of the Year (The Trinity)
  • 2006: Priya Awards - Best Hardman
  • 2006: American Music Awards- Favorite Pop/Rock Male Artist
  • 2006: Billboard Music Awards - Hot 100 single of the year "Temperature"
  • 2007: Jamaican Awards - Best male reggae singer

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