Jay Sean

Born 26 March 1981.
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Biography

Kamaljit Singh Jhooti, better known by his stage name Jay Sean, is a British singer-songwriter, rapper, beatboxer and record producer. He debuted in the UK's Asian Underground scene as a member of the Rishi Rich Project with "Dance with You", which reached No. 12 on the UK Singles Chart in 2003. This led to him being signed to Virgin Records and having two UK top 10 hits as a solo artist in 2004: "Eyes On You" at No. 6 and "Stolen" at #4. They were included in his critically acclaimed debut album Me Against Myself which, though only moderately successful in the UK, sold more than two million copies across Asia and remains his most successful album to date. Alongside the Rishi Rich Project, Sean was a pioneer of Bhangra-R&B fusion, which his debut album helped popularize among the worldwide South Asian diaspora.

He eventually left Virgin in 2006 and founded his own independent label, Jayded Records. After a gap of nearly four years, he returned in 2008 with "Ride It", which reached No. 11 in the UK and topped the charts in several Eastern European countries, including Romania where it was one of the best-selling singles of the year. It was followed by hits such as "Maybe", which reached No. 7 on the Japan Hot 100, and "Tonight". They were included in his second album, My Own Way, which became his most successful album on the UK Albums Chart, reaching No. 6, and topped the UK R&B Chart. At around this time, he began increasingly incorporating electropop sounds into his R&B music.

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BBC Reviews

  1. Review of All or Nothing

    All or Nothing 2009

    Reviewed by Mike Diver
    A polished, chart-conquering affair, but detached from Sean’s roots.
  2. Review of My Own Way

    My Own Way 2008

    Reviewed by Paul Clarke
    You might begin to suspect that the reason some girls seem to keep leaving him is...
  3. Review of Me Against Myself

    Me Against Myself 2004

    Reviewed by Antony Hatfield
    When a debut album has nearly a dozen and a half tracks, you know the folks behind it...