Sean Paul Francis Henriques, popularly and simply referred to as Sean Paul by fans, is a Jamaican dancehall star and record producer who became a star in the early 2000s and has enjoyed a successful career to date with many collaborations with other popular artists, and many believe that this choice has helped keep him relevant worldwide over the years.
He recently appeared alongside British singer Dua Lipa at the 2018 UEFA Champions League final in Kiev, Ukraine, where he was a key figure in the UEFA Champions League. The two performed their hit single No Lies.
Below you will find more fascinating and exciting facts about the dancehall rapper and singer that you may not yet know.
Sean Paul Bio (Age & Ethnicity)
Sean was born in Kingston, Jamaica on January 9, 1973, the son of Garth and Frances Henriques. His father Garth Henriques died on May 24, 2018, after a two-month hospital stays in the fight against an undisclosed condition. His mother, Frances Henriques, is a well-known painter.
Paul comes from a family known for swimming. Indeed, it seems that everyone in the family has an innate talent for swimming. His grandfather belonged to the first Jamaican men’s national water polo team, his father played water polo for the same team in the 1960s and competed in long-distance swimming, and his mother was a butterfly swimmer.
The now-renowned international dancehall singer was not excluded from the family tradition/talent, he also played for the national water polo team from the age of 13 until his 21st birthday.
He is a graduate of Wolmer’s Boys’ School and College of Arts, Science, and Technology (now the University of Technology), where he studied commerce with the intention of pursuing a career in swimming but had to give up potential career choices to pursue a career in music. Sean Paul was raised a Catholic.
His ethnicity is a bit complex. His paternal grandfather is Portuguese and his paternal grandmother was Afro-Caribbean. His mother is of English, Chinese and Jamaican descent.
Sean Paul Career
Before he threw himself completely into the music, Sean tried other things. He worked as a bank clerk and also as a chef in a local restaurant.
His journey to fame in the music world actually began in the late 1990s, when he was discovered by Jeremy Harding’s brother (Jeremy Harding later became Paul’s manager and producer), who told Jeremy that at a small open mic event in Kingston he had discovered someone who sounded just like the famous dancehall DJ and toaster Super Cat.
When they (Paul and Harding) finally met, it was an encounter that changed the life of the young aspiring singer forever. From this encounter came the song Baby Girl and then his first cameo appearance in the 1998 film Belly, and he also worked with DMX & Mr. Vegas on the soundtrack of the film.
In 2000, he released his debut album entitled Stage One on VP Records. The album soon reached #2 on the top reggae album charts. In 2002 he released his second album Dutty Rock with titles like Gimme the Light and Get Busy, which became big hits. The album was a huge success and sold over six million copies worldwide.
Gimme the Light, was the Billboard Hot 100-Topper Get Busy, was nominated for Best Rap Song of the Year at the Grammies, and the album itself won Reggae Album of the Year at the 46th Annual Grammy Awards in 2004. He was soon heard on Beyoncé’s single Baby Boy, which was No. 1 in the US that year, and then on Blu Cantrell’s Breathe – it is believed that this collaboration helped to further his fame and reputation in the US and around the world. He has also worked with other well-known artists such as Snoop Dogg, Rihanna, Akon, Keyshia Cole, and many others.
In 2016 alone, Sean Paul was featured in three successful hit singles by British girl group Little Mix, Australian singer/songwriter Sia, and British band group Clean Bandit. In 2016, he performed at the opening ceremony of Pakistan’s Super League and the 2018 UEFA Champions League Final in Kiev, Ukraine.
Sean Paul’s Wife (Jodi Stewart), Kids.
Sean Paul is happily married to Jamaican television presenter Jodi Stewart. The couple entered into the marriage in 2012 after years of being together. They welcomed their first child (son) in February 2017 and currently live in Kingston Jamaica.
Height And Body Stats
The sensational dancehall artist stands at an average height of 5 ft 8 inches that is 173 cm with a well-built body that weighs 75 kg or 165 lbs.