Wyclef Jean

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Biography

  • Birth Name: Nelust Wyclef Jean
  • Birth Place: Croix-des-Bouquets, Haiti
  • Date of Birth / Zodiac Sign: 10/17/1972, Libra
  • Profession: Singer, songwriter, rapper and producer
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Wyclef Jean 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.
  • Wyclef Jean Relationships:
  • Marie-Claudinette Jean - Wife
  • Angelina Claudinelle Jean - Daughter
  • Melky Jean - Sister
  • Sedeck Jean - Brother
  • Sam Jean - Brother
  • Gesner Jean - Father
  • Wyclef Jean Awards:
  • 2005 Golden Globe: Best Original Song - Motion Picture - Nominee
  • 1999 Grammy: Album of the Year - Winner
  • 1996 Grammy: Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals - Winner
  • 1996 Grammy: Best Rap Album - Winner
  • College:
  • Attended Five Towns College, Dix Hills, Long Island, NY; Berklee College of Music, Boston, MA

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