Happy Birthday, Sean Kingston
Today is Sean Kingston's birthday.
Although he was born Kisean Anderson in Miami, Florirda, the young MC moved to Kingston, Jamaica at the age of six and heavily reps the island nation as a part of his onstage persona.
While attending school in Jamaica, Kingston was discovered on MySpace and was brought back to the states to record his breakout hit, "Beautiful Girls" in May 2007. The reggae/rap/doo-wop single that samples Ben E. King's "Stand By Me" was a huge internationally success and fast tracked Kingston into the pop rap game. "Beautiful Girls" was the lead single off his self-titled debut album and peaked at number 31 on the Billboard Hot 100.
Kingston parlayed his radio appeal into guest appearances on the tours of Gwen Stefani, Beyonce and Kelly Clarkson. Since his '07 success, Kingston has recorded two more albums, Tomorrow (2009) and Back 2 Life (2013), and collaborated with the likes of Keyshia Cole, Bow Wow and Migos.
In 2011, Kingston was involved in a serious jet ski accident in Miami in which he struck a bridge. He suffered a broken jaw and water in his lungs, but Kingston luckily made a full recovery.
Although he hasn't been able to duplicate the massive success of "Beautiful Girls" to date, Kingston has been showing up as a featured artist a lot lately. Could these guest spots be clues of things to come?
Happy Birthday, Sean Kingston!