Jay Sean Bio: Rapper, Producer, Singer-Songwriter
Style: R&B Singer
Birth Name: Kamaljit Singh Jhooti
Birth Date: March 26, 1981
Birth Place: Southall, London, UK
Best Known Hits: Down, Stolen, Eyes on You, Ride it and Tonight.
R&B Crooner Jay Sean
Multi-award winning Jay Sean hails from London, England. He felt drawn to music at a young age and started a hip-hop duo with his cousin Pritpal Rupra called ‘Compulsive Disorder’ when he was only 11 years old.
A Star Rises
While studying medicine in 2003, a music demo he did called “One Minute” caught the attention of producer Rishi Rich. The two of them along with Juggy D, put together a single called “Dance With You” in 2003 and his career started to take off in earnest. The song rocketed to number 12 on the UK pop charts.
Virgin Records signed up the talented singer for one million pounds and he began working on his debut album, “Me Against Myself.” Two of the songs on that album, “Got my Eyes on You” and “Stolen,” made it into the top 10 charts in the UK. The album itself peaked at number 29 on the UK Album Chart and managed to sell a 100,000 copies in the UK alone.
Two of the songs, “Dance With You” and “One Night” found their way onto the soundtracks of two Bollywood films ‘Boom’ in 2003 and ‘Kyaa Kool Hai Hum’ in 2005 with Sean making a brief appearance in the latter. This, combined with Bollywood actress Bipasha Basu making an appearance in his music video “Stolen” helped the album go platinum in India selling over two million copies.
The album was well-received by critics. It’s creative fusion of hip hop music, contemporary R&B and Indian music was noted as well as the social commentary of songs like “Me Against Myself”, the title track. Sean came across as suave, hip and polished with smooth vocals and emotional lyrics. His flair for harmonious R&B obvious complete with a synthetic musical backdrop.
Dissatisfied with Virgin Records he left and decided to release his second album “My Own Way” as a joint-venture between his own label Jayded and 2Point9 Records. His star continued to rise with his second album “My Own Way” turning platinum. It netted him three awards at the UK Asian Music Awards (AMA). Best Male, Best Urban Act and Best Album.
In 2008 he signed up with Cash Money Records. His debut American single “Down” featured superstar rapper Lil Wayne and propelled him to the stratosphere selling more than 6 million copies globally and 3 million digital copies in the US. This single earned the distinction of being the best-selling single by a British/European male artist in North America. It was included on the US edition of My Own Way.
Jay Sean went on to do two more records, “All or Nothing” (2009) and Neon (2013).
The album “All or Nothing” borrowed a few songs from his previous works like the immensely popular “Down” and “Do you remember?” It featured a duet with Keisha Buchanan of Sugababe fame in the track, Far Away. Craig David also sings along with Jay in Stuck in the Middle.
“Neon’ was slow out of the gates and marked a four year long vacuum from his last album. Jay puts his fluttery falsetto to good use in the track, “Mars” which he did in collaboration with Rick Moss. He also pairs up with the singer Ace Hood in All On Your Body and with Busta Rhymes in Breakadawn.
With his latter two albums it was felt that he had shed his British-Asian roots possibly to appeal more to the US market. The groove of his music more in line with catchy, slick and glossy RnB/soul music of the U.S.
Neon fell flat with some critics saying that it didn’t quite deliver falling short of his more notable works. Smooth and proficient but a little on the bland side. The album struggled on the Billboard 200 chart coming in at number 116 and raking in sales from a meager 3,608 copies in it’s first week in the United States. Hopefully, this is just a hiccup and Jay will revisit those lofty peaks again.
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