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Lehman Center For The Performing Arts Presents Sean Paul
Published November 4, 2008

Lehman Center For The Performing Arts continues its exciting fall season with an incredible event, as Jamaican superstar, Grammy Award-winning Sean Paul, brings his explosive live show, which has rocked stadium-sized venues from Las Vegas to Ethiopia, to Lehman Center for an exclusive New York City appearance on Saturday, November 8, 2008 at 8pm. Sean Paul’s six-million-selling, breakthrough CD Dutty Rock, which won the 2002 GRAMMY Award for Best Reggae Album, brought global popularity to Jamaican dancehall music with such smash hits as “Gimme The Light,” “Get Busy” and “Like Glue.” Followed by hit pop duets, such as “Baby Boy” (with Beyoncé), “I’m Still In Love With You” (with Sasha) and “Break It Off” (with Rihanna). Sean Paul is the most successful Jamaican artist of all time on the U.S. charts, with three #1 singles, five Top Ten hits, and eight chart entries over two worldwide, multi-platinum albums.

Sean Paul, born Sean Paul Henriques on January 8, 1973, grew up comfortably in St. Andrew, Jamaica. His mother is a renowned painter. Multi-ethnic (his parents are of Portuguese, Chinese and Jamaican descent), Sean was a skilled athlete who excelled in swimming and especially water polo, playing for the Jamaican national polo team. But dancehall music remained his first love, particularly crafting rhythm tracks. He became a DJ after he began writing his own songs, patterning his style largely after Super Cat and Don Yute, who later became his idol and mentor. He also found friends in several members of the reggae-pop band Third World, who, with his brother Jason “Jigzag” Henriques, helped him make business connections. In 1996, Sean released his debut single, “Baby Girl,” with producer Jeremy Harding. A significant success, the record led to such Jamaican hits as “Nah Get No Bly (One More Try),” “Deport Them,” “Excite Me” and “Infiltrate.”

In 1999, Sean Paul began making inroads to American audiences. He was first commissioned to collaborate with fellow dancehall hit-maker Mr. Vegas on a production for rapper DMX, “Top Shotter,” which was included in the film “Belly.” Sean scored a Top Ten hit on the Billboard rap charts with “Hot Gal Today,” which became his signature tune. He played the Summer Jam 2000 in New York City, and that August, he released his first album on VP Records the expansive Stage One included many of his previous hit singles plus new tracks. 2002's Dutty Rock was a worldwide success, selling

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