Early Life of Jay Sean
Jay Sean, who is originally named Kamaljit Singh Jhooti, was born on 26th March 1981 in Harlesden, London, United Kingdom to Punjabi Sikh immigrants, Sharan and Bindi Jhooti. Jay Sean received his formal education under a private boys' school, The Latymer Upper School in Hammersmith. He was chosen to study medicine at Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry at Queen Mary, University of London. But after two years, he signed a one million pound record deal, deciding to try his luck in music. Though he was raised in an exceedingly dissimilar country such as United Kingdom, Sean developed influences from his Black, White and South Asian friends.
Career of Jay Sean
Sean released his first full track 'One Minute', for which he wrote the lyrics himself. The writing was passed onto the hands of British Asian Music producer Rishi Rich by a friend of his. After going through the writings, Sean was called to be present at the studio and he did an off-the-cuff performance in front of his managers, 2Point9 Management. Since then there has been no looking back for him. He quit his studies of medicine to pursue his passion. During the summer of 2003 along with Rishi Rich and Punjabi Singer Juggy D, Jay Sean started working on the necessary materials. Later on he exhibited his love for R&B Music. The year 2004, has been considered as the landmark year for Sean's career. For one week his debut album stay put within the top 30 of the UK Albums Chart. His first two single songs broke into the top 10 lists of the UK Singles Chart. With hits like 'Dance with You (Nachna Tere Naal)', 'Eyes on You' and 'Stolen', Sean, a star took birth in the arena of hip-hop musical scene.
Sean's debut album Me Against Myself also became a big hit in India earning much critical praises. Two million copies were sold out. He has also made a brief appearance in the Bollywood flick 'Kya Kool Hai Hum'. He has also contributed the song 'Dil Mera (One Night)' for the soundtrack of that movie. 2Point9 is his current label, which later released his albums titled 'Maybe' and 'Ride It' both produced by Alan Sampson. In the Central London nightclub 'MoVida', the video of his new single Ride it was shot. With his second album 'My Own Way' which was later titled as 'All or Nothing' in March, 'Ride It' released on the 21st of January 2008. On London's Kiss 100 Radio 'Ride It' became the Song of the Week. It has also been play listed on Choice FM, Galaxy, and BBC 1xtra with more to follow. His fourth studio album was Neon which released in 2013 also featuring guest artists like Rick Ross, Ace Hood and Busta Rhymes. In addition to these, he worked on many other songs collaborating with varied artists.
Other Ventures of Jay Sean
Jay Sean has been extensively involved with community work. In the charity event Partnership Walk and Run, he supported the Aga Khan Foundation (AKF) through his performance in Regent's Park in 2004 and 2009. In 2009 he raised funds for the Shriners Hospital for Children by performing in Justin Timberlake's charity concert along with noted artists like Alicia Keys, Taylor Swift and MC Zani. In 2012 he participated in Child Hunger Ends Here campaign and also recorded a song named "Here's Hope" for the same. Jay Sean has also been seen in a PETA ad campaign where he encouraged potential pet owners for adopting from shelters instead of buying from stores.
Achievements of Jay Sean
Jay Sean has won a number of awards for his compositions and renditions. He has won Brit Asia Music Awards, UK Asian Music Awards, Channel U Best of British Awards, UK BMI Awards, MTV Russia Music Awards, MOBO Awards, Rogers Filmi South Asian Film Festival and UK Urban Music Awards for his music.
Discography of Jay Sean