Kisean Paul Anderson (born February 3, 1990), better known by his stage name Sean Kingston, is an American-Jamaican singer, songwriter, rapper, and record producer whose first album, Sean Kingston, was released on July 31, 2007.
Born Kisean Anderson in Miami, Florida, Kingston was the first of three children born to Janice Turner. Kingston’s attended Ocho Rios High School in Ocho Rios for three years before migrating back to the United States. His grandfather was the noted Jamaican reggae producer Lawrence Lindo, who worked under the stage name Jack Ruby.
Kingston was discovered on Myspace by Matt Tobin 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.”
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 Beyonce’s “The Beyonce’ Experience Tour.” In 2008, he was one of the opening acts for the Australian leg of Kelly Clarkson’s My December Tour. Since Sean was a Jamaican singer, he got his stage name from the capital of Jamaica called Kingston.
The album in “Tomorrow” was released on September 22, 2009. Producers involved in the album included former Fugee Wyclef Jean; RedOne (of recent Lady Gaga fame); plus Sean’s original mentor, J, R. Rotem. “The Fire Burning” and “Face Drop” were released as singles. Additionally, five promotional digital singles were released leading up to the album. Kingston co-wrote Jason Derulo’s “Whatcha Say”. He also recorded the track “Miss Everything” for the UK girl-group Sugababes studio album Sweet 7 which was released March 15, 2010, in the UK. Kingston and DJ khaled are being featured on Bow Wow’s new single “For My Hood”, from the movie, “The Lottery Ticket.” He had a performance in the o2 Arena where he was supported by Mumzy Stranger.