British R&B singer/songwriter Jay Sean recently visited The Recording Academy's headquarters in Santa Monica, Calif., to participate in an exclusive GRAMMY.com interview. Sean discussed the experience of hearing his music on the radio for the first time, how he stays focused on music and his recent collaborations, including working with GRAMMY-nominated rapper Busta Rhymes on his latest album, Neon, among other topics.
"As a fan of hip-hop — from such a young age — I was following Busta [Rhymes] when he was in Leaders Of The New School," said Sean. "For me to actually have him on my record has always been like a dream."
A London native, Sean broke into the music scene in 2003 with the UK Top 20 hit "Dance With You (Nachna Tere Naal)." The single's success led to a deal with Virgin Records and in 2004 Sean released his debut album, Me Against Myself, which spawned the UK Top 10 hits "Eyes On You" and "Stolen." In 2008 he released his sophomore effort, My Own Way. In 2009 he signed with Cash Money Records, home to artists such as GRAMMY winners Drake and Lil Wayne. Propelled by the chart-topping single "Down" featuring Lil Wayne, Sean's international debut, 2009's All Or Nothing, peaked at No. 37 on the Billboard 200.
Released in July, Neon features 15 tracks, including collaborations with Busta Rhymes on "Break Of Dawn" and GRAMMY-nominated rapper Rick Ross on "Mars." The single "Where You Are" reached No. 24 on Billboard's Hot Dance Club Play chart.