Wyclef Jean

  • Birth Name: Nelust Wyclef Jean
  • Birth Place: Croix-des-Bouquets, Haiti
  • Profession: Singer, songwriter, rapper and producer
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Fast Facts

  • Raised by his aunt and uncle in Haiti from ages 2 to 9 after his parents immigrated to the U.S. in pursuit of a better life.
  • Moved to Brooklyn with his parents when he was 9.
  • Father was pastor at Newark's Good Shepherd Church of the Nazarene.
  • Played bass for his high-school swing choir.
  • Formed the Tranzlator Crew, a rap group, with his cousin Prakazrel ("Pras") Michel and Lauryn Hill in the late '80s; they eventually renamed themselves the Fugees.
  • Released his first solo album, the triple-platinum Carnival, in 1997.
  • Wrote and produced hits for Destiny's Child, Whitney Houston, Carlos Santana and Shakira.
  • Bought his parents their dream home with his first major paycheck.
  • Began taking classes at the Berklee College of Music in Boston in 2009.
  • Founded the Yéle Haiti charity to benefit the people of his native Haiti.
  • Counts Johnny Cash, Led Zeppelin and Yes among his favorite musical acts.

Awards

  • 2005, Golden Globe — Best Original Song - Motion Picture: Nominee
  • 1996, Grammy — Best Rap Album: Winner
  • 1996, Grammy — Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals: Winner
  • 1999, Grammy — Album of the Year: Winner

Relationships

  • Sam Jean — Brother
  • Gesner Jean — Father
  • Angelina Claudinelle Jean — Daughter
  • Sedeck Jean — Brother
  • Melky Jean — Sister
  • Marie-Claudinette Jean — Wife

College

  • Attended Five Towns College, Dix Hills, Long Island, New York, United States; Berklee College of Music, Boston, Massachusetts, United States

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