Born: Sean Paul Ryan Francis Henriques
January 9, 1973
Paul was raised as a Catholic, though he also attended the Jewish private school Hillel Academy in Jamaica. Paul played for the national water polo team from the age of 13 to 21, when he gave up the sport in order to launch his musical career. Sean continued honing his music skill at open-mic nights in Kingston, eventually landing a manager who saw his potential. In 1994, he joined the Dutty Cup Crew and released his first solo song Baby Girl two years later. His 2006 album The Trinity notched Sean another solo No. 1 hit, with Temperature, a scorching party-starter driven by hammering percussion. In the last 20-plus years of music-making Sean has earned several Grammy and Billboard Music award nominations and is the recipient of an American Music award, MOBO awards, Soul Train awards, MTV Music awards, ASCAP Rhythm and Soul Music awards, a Source award and a BET award.