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Nelust Wyclef Jean
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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
, 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:
Sedeck Jean - Brother
Marie-Claudinette Jean - Wife
Sam Jean - Brother
Gesner Jean - Father
Angelina Claudinelle Jean - Daughter
Melky Jean - Sister
Wyclef Jean Awards:
2005 Golden Globe: Best Original Song - Motion Picture - Nominee
1996 Grammy: Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals - Winner
1996 Grammy: Best Rap Album - Winner
1999 Grammy: Album of the Year - Winner
Attended Five Towns College, Dix Hills, Long Island, NY; Berklee College of Music, Boston, MA
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