Wyclef Jean

Active - 1999 - 2015  |   Born - Oct 17, 1972 in Croix-des-Bouquets, Haiti  |   Genres - Music, History, Drama

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  • 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.