When Sean Kingston’s sophomore album, Tomorrow, (Epic Records) hits stateside on September 22, the disc will showcase a more mature singer.
“I have definitely grown a lot since the first album and you’ll notice that growth when you listen to the album,” Kingston said in a recent interview at Margaritaville, Montego Bay.
According to Kingston, whose real name is Kisean Jamal Anderson, the album is a reflection of his growth as a young man and evolution as an artiste. The life experiences gained over the past two years have been invaluable and have greatly influenced him. The title track on the album reflects this sentiment. There are also messages of personal acceptance as evidenced in the songs Face Drop and Magical.
It was one of the Red Stripe Dream Weekend lead-up events, Sean Kingston at Margaritaville, and Kingston was in fine spirits.
“It feels really good being home, and so far I have been having a lot of fun. My mom is getting married and I’m excited about that,” Kingston said.
Tomorrow, which comes two years after the release of Kingston’s self-titled disc, will feature collaborations with Good Charlotte, Lil Wayne, Stephen Marley, T Pain, Wyclef Jean and Gwen Stefani. “Stephen Marley bless the album with a crazy tune. The first single, Fire Burning, is on the charts, and we have another single coming out soon’, said Kingston.
Much has happened since the now 19-year-old emerged in July 2007. Beautiful Girls made history as one of the fastest moving songs on the Billboard charts. Following that, the singer/rapper scored three more top 10 hits, including Me Love, Take You There and There’s Nothin’.
Kingston has sold more than six million digital singles, more than 4.5 million ringtones and has toured with artistes like Gwen Stefani and Chris Brown. His self-titled debut went to #1 in 21 countries and sold over 1 million worldwide.
With a musical bloodline that includes Jamaican legendary producer Jack Ruby as his grandfather, Kingston says he is constantly repping for Jamaica. “I live, eat, breathe and sleep Jamaica. Mi respect the culture. Sean Kingston is humble and I represent for my fans,” he said.
He added, “I came from nothing to something and I just want to give back. I’m starting a charity foundation where I’m going into the ghettos across Jamaica and donate computers and shoes. I have a new shoe line coming out in August.”
With a handful of hit singles, millions of albums sold and touring around the world, Kingston’s fame hasnt come without some disadvantages. “The musical journey for me has been crazy. A lot of people try to fight me out. The industry people judge you on your outer appearance.
Because I’m a big kid, dem say I am overweight. Mi fight me way to the record label to put out the first album. I am blessed now and I’m taking care of my family, which is the most important thing,” Kingston confided.
At the Margaritaville gig, Kingston met with fans, took photos and signed autographs. He cites his fans as being important to his career. “You see the fans them is them make me.
That’s the reason why I was signing all those autographs and taking pictures. Without them I wouldnt be who I am today,” said Kingston.
And has he found that Beautiful Girl that he sang about?
“Mi come a Jamaica all the time a try find har and mi nuh find har, all now. Jamaica have a whole heap a beautiful, sexy girls and mi still can’t find har,” Kingston said laughingly.