JEAN, a multifaceted artist with a spontaneous outlook on music that lives to sing, craves to write and loves to produce. His unique melting pot of musical styles is a product of his cultural roots and experiences, a fusion of Alternative Pop, Urban, R&B and Tropical rhythms; a distinctive style that represents this cross-over artists’ Latino and Anglo culture.
His musical talent is hereditary; it came through his father, a connoisseur and collector of all genres of music and mother, member of the renowned Puerto Rican choir, "Viva La Gente". His grandfather, a trumpet player and member of the famous “Trio” from Puerto Rico, also influenced his passion for music. Music was always an integral part of JEAN’s family. He always reminisces about the performances him, his brother and sister would act out in front of his parents. His family reunions would turn into intimate concerts. JEAN began singing at the early age of 4. At 6, his parents enrolled him in “El Coro De Niños de San Juan”, a music school recognized all over the world.
At 9, JEAN and his family moved to Orlando, FL. Here he discovers a new world with respect to music. He becomes captivated by MTV and by the musical genres of R&B and Hip-Hop. The harmonies and vocal modulations of these genres lead JEAN to discover Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson, Boyz ll Men, Marvin Gaye, Mint Condition, Raphael Saddiq etc. Not much time elapsed before his musical repertoire expanded to include Wu-Tang, U2, Bob Marley, Nirvana, Queen, Prince, and Earth Wind & Fire. In school he joins the choir and jazz band as a trombone player. Later on he began studying music theory, vocalization & harmonization, joined acapella vocal groups, participated in talent shows and began performing in festivals and clubs all over Orlando; thus, he realized what his true vocation was and commenced his pursuit for a career in music.
In search of his dream, JEAN then moves to Los Angeles, California where he gets signed by president of A&M Records,Ron Fair. It is here that he has the opportunity to perfect and develop his own style and record with some of the hottest producers in town at the time (Ray Cham, Beau Dossier, Cutfather & Joe, Manuel Seal, Robbie Nevil, Franne Goldie, Rob Bolt, Damion Elliot, and Mishcke among others). After a couple of years in L.A., JEAN decides to move to the Big Apple, mecca of the music industry, in order to advance his career.
In New York, JEAN signs his 1st publishing deal with BMG Chrysalis and immediately begins penning songs for artist, movies, and TV spots. Taking advantage of what the BIG city has to offer he submerges in its rich musical culture. He begins to perform at local clubs such as the Cutting Room, Village Underground, Joe’s Pub, etc.
After 2 years, he decides to change his course to Miami, FL in order to re-integrate with his Latin roots. Here he focuses on composing and recording songs in his native language. JEAN ‘s talent becomes recognized instantly and lands songs and Productions in albums of renown Latin artists such as Luis Fonsi, Alejandro Sanz, Olga Tañon, Ha*Ash, Juan Velez, Ednita Nazario, Don Omar, Daddy Yankee, Wisin y Yandel, etc. He also gets the opportunity to work with reputable Anglo artists such as Trey Songz, Emeli Sande, Pitbull, B-5, Baby Bash, Mario Vasquez, and Shakira.
Soon after, major record label Sony BMG Latin signs JEAN. In April of 2006 he releases his debut album “ON”, a bilingual production with a fusion of R&B, Soul, Hip-Hop, and tropical rhythms. The first single "Juegas Con Fuego / Playing With Fire" was produced by Jim Jonsin (Lil Wayne, Natasha Bedingfield, Pitbull, Danity Kane, Jamie Foxx). His second single "Duele" reached the TOP of the Latin charts in radio and also caught Fifa’s attention whom invited JAN to perform and represent Puerto Rico during the 2006 World Cup Games in Germany.
In late 2008, JEAN Drops his 2nd Album “Out the Box” . The name says it all, making sure he makes his distinct unique mark in this industry as a leader and not a follower. “Out the Box” became Zune’s Release of the Month and was picked by itunes as the Single of the week on both the Anglo & Latin sites where it had over 500,000 downloads and counting.
In 2010 JEAN gets the opportunity to tour the World and join the band of one of today’s leading Latin Artist, some one he’s truly admired as a vocalist and performer, Marc Anthony. This has been a great school having the opportunity to share a stage with some one he’s admired through out his career.
In 2012, JEAN becomes part of the Grammy Academy history books thanks to an un-expected phone call from one of his musical idols, Juan Luis Guerra, whom invited JEAN to participate and help guide the direction of the vocals for Juanes’snew album which JLG was producing. JEAN had the immense pleasure of singing and working side by side with Juan Luis Guerra and Juanes and recorded and toured with his MTV Unplugged Album.
In 2013, JEAN Vocally Produced and wrote on Prince Royce’s Award Winning 3rd Album “Soy el Mismo” which went #1. He also Vocally Produced and wrote on Ednita Nazario latest Album “La Mas fuerte” and also wrote a couple of tunes forYandel’s (from Wisin & Yandel) latest production “La Leyenda”.
Currently, JEAN’s main focus has been the birth of his 3rd album, on which he has been dedicating most of his time and efforts into to make sure it is a well unique, hand crafted, one of kind product in the market place.
Also, In the midst of all of his Production work, JEAN’s been in his Jeanius Lab working hard on the Tabaqueros Album which is a group that consist of (Yeyo from The Day, Itagui from Locos por Juana, Salazar and Himself.) Tabaqueros a collective of Artists, Musicians & Producers that came together to create ART not conforming to any trends or formats. Think of La Fania meets The Fugees, The Black Eyed Peas meets The Beegees, The Who meets The Wu!!! ... Dropping soon!!!
This is only the beginning for JAN the performer/songwriter/producer. Stay tuned for more…….