Frank Ocean

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  • Birth Name: Christopher Breaux
  • Birth Place: Long Beach, California, United States
  • Profession: Singer-songwriter
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  • Moved with his family to New Orleans when he was 5.
  • Nicknamed Lonny as a child in honor of his mother's father, whose name was Lionel. 
  • Left New Orleans for L.A. in 2005 after Hurricane Katrina. Prior to the storm, he was preparing to lay down tracks he'd written in a local recording studio. After the storm, however, the studio suffered water damage and was looted, making recording impossible.
  • Supported himself in L.A. by working at Subway, Kinko's and AT&T. He even worked as an Allstate claims processor for a time.
  • Eventually signed a songwriting deal that led to him contributing to songs recorded by Justin Bieber ("Bigger"), John Legend ("Quickly") and Brandy ("1st and Love").
  • Signed by Def Jam in 2009, though not much came of the deal until after his 2011 mixtape Nostalgia, Ultra turned heads—including those of Beyoncé, Jay Z and Kanye West, who asked him to work with them.

Awards

  • 2012, Grammy — Best Urban Contemporary Album: Winner
  • 2012, Grammy — Best Rap/Sung Collaboration: Winner

College

  • Attended University of New Orleans, New Orleans, Louisiana, United States

Details

  • Birth Name: Christopher Breaux
  • Birth Place: Long Beach, California, United States
  • Profession: Singer-songwriter

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