Wyclef Jean

Album cover of 2000's The Ecleftic

Wyclef Jean (born October 17, 1972) is a Haitian-born rapper, producer and former member of the superstar hip hop trio The Fugees, known now for a series of high-profile hit singles.

Born in Croix-des-Bouquets, Haiti, Jean moved to Brooklyn when he was nine, then to New Jersey, where he began playing the guitar and studying jazz in high school. In 1987, Jean, his cousin Prakazrel Michel (Pras) and his classmate, Lauryn Hill, formed a group called the Tranzlator Crew before becoming The Fugees. Wyclef worked as a cabdriver.

The Fugees signed to Ruffhouse Records and released their debut, Blunted on Reality, but the album was panned and sold poorly. Their eclectic follow-up, The Score, however, sold over 17 million copies worldwide and turned the trio into international superstars. Jean soon announced plans to begin a solo career with 1997's Wyclef Jean Presents the Carnival Featuring the Refugee All-Stars (more typically called simply The Carnival). The album's guests included Hill and Pras along with Jean's siblings, the I Threes (back-up vocals for Bob Marley), Neville Brothers and Celia Cruz. The album was a major hit, as were two singles: "We Trying to Stay Alive" (adapted from The Bee Gees' "Stayin' Alive") and "Gone Til November" (recorded with the New York Philharmonic Orchestra).

Jean went on to work with artists including Santana, Tevin Campbell, Cypress Hill, Bounty Killer, Whitney Houston, Destiny's Child, Sublime, Simply Red, Mya, Sinéad O'Connor, Kimberly Scott, Mick Jagger, Canibus, The Black Eyed Peas and Eric Benét. The Fugees remained in limbo during this time, with the follow-up to The Score being continually postponed as all three members cultivated solo careers. Jean's second solo album was The Ecleftic: 2 Sides II a Book, recorded with guests Youssou N'Dour, Earth, Wind & Fire, Kenny Rogers, The Rock and Mary J. Blige. The critical reception was mixed, with many calling the album scattershot and too far-ranging to be cohesive.

Jean's third album, Masquerade, was released in 2002 and sold well, though critics frequently panned it.

His fourth album was The Preacher's Son, an album that Wyclef considered a continuation of his first album, Carnival.

In 2004, he released his fifth album, entitled Sak Pasé Presents: Welcome to Haiti (Creole 101) (released in the United States by Koch Records). A freewheeling album that is something of a return to his Caribbean roots, most of the songs on the album are in his native language of Haitian Creole or Kreyòl.

In 2005, Jean earned a Golden Globe for his track entitled "Million Voices" featured on the soundtrack to the film Hotel Rwanda.


Discography

  • 1997 Wyclef Jean Presents The Carnival Featuring the Refugee All-Stars
  • 2000 The Ecleftic: 2 Sides II a Book
  • 2002 Masquerade
  • 2003 The Preacher's Son
  • 2004 Sak Pasé Presents: Creole 101 (Welcome to Haiti)

Links

  • Official Website (http://www.wyclef.com)
  • Sak Pase Records Website (http://www.sakpaserecords.net)
  • J Records Website (http://www.jrecords.com)
  • Clef Records Website (http://www.clefrecords.com)

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. She was nominated for a 2005 Grammy award for "Best Instrumental Composition Accompanying a Vocal" for her interpretation of the song "Unchained Melody" on her At Last album. In 2005, Jean earned a Golden Globe for his track entitled "Million Voices" featured on the soundtrack to the film Hotel Rwanda. In March of 2004 the full length "Shine" album was finally released, though exclusively in Japan. A freewheeling album that is something of a return to his Caribbean roots, most of the songs on the album are in his native language of Haitian Creole or Kreyòl. In November 2003 an album of standards was released entitled At Last (formerly "Naked City"), which became a top 40 hit in the US and Australia. In 2004, he released his fifth album, entitled Sak Pasé Presents: Welcome to Haiti (Creole 101) (released in the United States by Koch Records). She maintains a devoted fanbase and lives in New York with her husband, actor David Thornton, and their child.

His fourth album was The Preacher's Son, an album that Wyclef considered a continuation of his first album, Carnival. She then re-signed with Sony/Epic Records, the label that made her a star, and a new album called Naked City was in the works. Jean's third album, Masquerade, was released in 2002 and sold well, though critics frequently panned it. Additionally Lauper's former label Sony issued a new greatest hits CD entitled The Essential Cyndi Lauper. The critical reception was mixed, with many calling the album scattershot and too far-ranging to be cohesive. of remixes from the unreleased "Shine" album was sold on the Edel America Records website. Blige. In 2003, an E.P.

Jean's second solo album was The Ecleftic: 2 Sides II a Book, recorded with guests Youssou N'Dour, Earth, Wind & Fire, Kenny Rogers, The Rock and Mary J. She undertook her second co-headlining tour with Cher in 2002. The Fugees remained in limbo during this time, with the follow-up to The Score being continually postponed as all three members cultivated solo careers. of the same name was made available through her website and at Tower Records, the full length album concept was scrapped. Jean went on to work with artists including Santana, Tevin Campbell, Cypress Hill, Bounty Killer, Whitney Houston, Destiny's Child, Sublime, Simply Red, Mya, Sinéad O'Connor, Kimberly Scott, Mick Jagger, Canibus, The Black Eyed Peas and Eric Benét. Although a five song E.P. The album was a major hit, as were two singles: "We Trying to Stay Alive" (adapted from The Bee Gees' "Stayin' Alive") and "Gone Til November" (recorded with the New York Philharmonic Orchestra). Just weeks before the album's scheduled release, however, her label, Edel America Records, folded, and, to Lauper's consternation, the tracks were leaked to the public.

The album's guests included Hill and Pras along with Jean's siblings, the I Threes (back-up vocals for Bob Marley), Neville Brothers and Celia Cruz. In 2001 Lauper prepared an album, Shine, which saw her returning to her early bubblegum pop sound without losing the "maturity" she had embraced on later records. Jean soon announced plans to begin a solo career with 1997's Wyclef Jean Presents the Carnival Featuring the Refugee All-Stars (more typically called simply The Carnival). She also garnered critical plaudits for her roles in several independent films including The Opportunists (with Christopher Walken) and Off and Running. Their eclectic follow-up, The Score, however, sold over 17 million copies worldwide and turned the trio into international superstars. In 1999 she co-headlined a tour alongside Cher, and contributed a cover version of the disco classic "Disco Inferno" to the soundtrack of the film A Night at the Roxbury. The Fugees signed to Ruffhouse Records and released their debut, Blunted on Reality, but the album was panned and sold poorly. The album's singles were remixed to great acclaim, and Lauper began performing as a featured artist at gay pride events around the world.

In 1987, Jean, his cousin Prakazrel Michel (Pras) and his classmate, Lauryn Hill, formed a group called the Tranzlator Crew before becoming The Fugees. Wyclef worked as a cabdriver. The topicality of the album also contributed to its "pink" appeal: the song "Ballad of Cleo and Joe" addressed the complications of a drag queen's double life, while "You Don't Know" tackled the thorny issue of coming out. Born in Croix-des-Bouquets, Haiti, Jean moved to Brooklyn when he was nine, then to New Jersey, where he began playing the guitar and studying jazz in high school. With subject matter even more adult than before, it was quickly embraced by the gay community for its disco and club stylings. Wyclef Jean (born October 17, 1972) is a Haitian-born rapper, producer and former member of the superstar hip hop trio The Fugees, known now for a series of high-profile hit singles. Her 1997 album Sisters of Avalon brought her back into the limelight. Clef Records Website (http://www.clefrecords.com). The album was released under a number of different titles, packaging and track listings around the world.

J Records Website (http://www.jrecords.com). and Then Some, a greatest hits compilation that included two new tracks, one of which was a remix of her first big hit, newly christened "Hey Now (Girls Just Wanna Have Fun)". Sak Pase Records Website (http://www.sakpaserecords.net). She also released 12 Deadly Cyns.. Official Website (http://www.wyclef.com). In 1995 Lauper won an Emmy award for "Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series" for her portrayal of wealthy contessa Marianne Lugasso in Mad About You. 2004 Sak Pasé Presents: Creole 101 (Welcome to Haiti). With a smooth new R&B sound and production by Junior Vasquez, she tackled such topics as spousal abuse and abortion.

2003 The Preacher's Son. She released the critically acclaimed album Hat Full of Stars in the same year, but once again sales were poor. 2002 Masquerade. Fox's secretary in My Life With Mikey. 2000 The Ecleftic: 2 Sides II a Book. Lauper took a break from singing at this point, but didn't disappear from show business, and in 1993 she played Michael J. 1997 Wyclef Jean Presents The Carnival Featuring the Refugee All-Stars. In 1990 she joined many other guests for Roger Waters' massive performance of The Wall in Berlin.

Orbison's version was not released until 1992, three years after Lauper's version and four years after Orbison's death. Lauper's third album, 1989's A Night to Remember, though critically well-received, was not as commercially successful as its predecessors, spawning just one hit, "I Drove All Night", which was originally penned for Roy Orbison. Her soundtrack contribution, "Hole In My Heart (All the Way to China)", also flopped. In 1988 she appeared as the female lead in the quirky comedy Vibes, which was poorly received by critics and a commercial flop.

The title song went on to become her second Platinum number 1 hit. Revealing a more mature sound and sensibility, it reached number 4 on the US album charts. In 1986, after recording the song "The Goonies 'R' Good Enough" for the 1985 film The Goonies, Lauper released her second album, True Colors. At this stage of her career, she was often compared to Madonna.

Lauper was popular with teenagers, in part because of her quirky image which took the popular late 1970s punk look and marketed it to a mainstream audience. The album also included "She Bop", a paean to female masturbation, and the romantic ballad "Time After Time", an instant "standard" which has since been covered by over 70 artists (most notably Miles Davis). Cyndi Lauper was the first female artist to have four consecutive Top 5 hits from one album, She's So Unusual. Lauper won a Grammy Award for Best New Artist at the Grammy Awards of 1984 for her work on the album.

A mixture of teen-friendly pop-rock and edgier, almost punky sounds, the album's biggest hit, "Girls Just Wanna Have Fun", quickly established itself as a female anthem. She began her career in a band named Blue Angel, and in 1983 started dating her manager David Wolff with whom she released She's So Unusual, a worldwide hit which made Lauper a household name. Cyndi Lauper was born in Queens, New York. Cynthia Ann Stephanie Lauper (born June 22, 1953), better known as Cyndi Lauper, is a singer whose melodic voice and wild costumes have come to epitomize the 1980s, the decade in which she first came to fame.

2005 The Naked Brothers Band (currently in post-production). 1999 The Opportunists. Parker and the Vicious Circle (Cameo). 1994 Mrs.

1993 Life With Mikey. 1991 Off and Running. 1988 Vibes. 1985 The Goonies (Cameo).

Sincerely...Mariya Takeuchi Songbook (Various Artists) - 2003 (Vocals on "Winter Lovers"). Blowback (Tricky) - 2000 (Vocals on "Five Days"). Rugrats in Paris - the Movie: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (Various Artists) - 200 (Contributes track). Southie: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (Various Artists) - 1999 (Vocals on Wild Colonials track "If By Chance").

A Night at the Roxbury: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack - 1998 (Contributes track). Largo (Various Artists) - 1998 (Contributes 2 tracks). Out of Body (The Hooters) - 1993 (Lead vocals on "Boys Will be Boys"). Put on Your Green Shoes (Various Artists) - 1993 (Performs title track, billed as part of "3 Cats 'n Jammers").

A Very Special Christmas 2 (Various Artists) - 1992 (Duets with Frank Sinatra). Tycoon (Various Artists) - 1992 (Contributes 2 tracks). Music Speaks Louder Than Words (Various Artists) - 1990 (Contributes track "Cold"). The Wall: Live in Berlin (Roger Waters) - 1990 (On several songs recorded live).

The Bridge (Billy Joel) - 1986 (Duets on "Code of Silence"). Cyndi Lauper & Friends (Compilation with songs by others) - 1985 (Brazil Only). The Wrestling Album (Various Artists) - 1985 (Backing Vocals, billed as "Mona Flambe"). Confrontation (Face to Face) - 1985 (Backing Vocals, billed as "Kindy Lipkey").

USA For Africa - 1985. The Goonies: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack = 1985. What's In a Name? (Henry Gross) - 1981 (Backing Vocals). Shine Remixes - 2003.

Shine E.P. - 2002. Wanna Have Fun - 1998. Shine - 2004 (Japan Only). At Last - 2003.

The Essential Cyndi Lauper - 2003. Shine - 2002 (Unreleased). Pop Wave - 2002 (Germany Only). Cyndi Lauper - V.I.P. - 2002 (Germany Only).

Feels Like Christmas - 2001. Grande Sucesses - 2001 (Brazil Only). Siglo XXI Cyndi Lauper Los Exitos Del Siglo - 2001 (Brazil Only). Media Markt Presents Cyndi Lauper - 2001 (Germany Only).

Cyndi Lauper Greatest Hits - 2000 (Colombia Only). Best of Best Gold - Time After Time - 2000 (UK/France Only). Cyndi Lauper - The Best - 2000 (Peru Only). Merry Christmas...Have a Nice Life - 1998.

Sisters of Avalon - 1996. Twelve Deadly Cyns...and Then Some - 1994. Hat Full of Stars - 1993. The Best Remixes - 1989.

A Night to Remember - 1989. True Colors - 1986. She's So Unusual - 1984. Blue Angel - 1980.

Download sample of "Time After Time" from She's So Unusual.

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