Sean Kingston to perform at Luther College Nov. 13

Oct. 5, 2009

Sean Kingston, internationally renowned hip-hop superstar, will perform Friday, Nov. 13, in the Regents Center.

Tickets for the performance go on sale Oct. 8 at the Luther College Box Office. Hours are 9-10:30 a.m., 11-3 p.m. on weekdays with extended hours on Thursdays until 7 p.m. or call the Luther College Box Office at (563) 387-1357. Tickets cost $25.

Tickets for Sean Kingston’s appearance are not available online.

The opening act for the Sean Kingston performance at Luther will be the duo New Boyz, creators of the “Jerk” movement. Only 17 years old, New Boyz, born Earl Benjamin and Dominic Thomas, became an international phenomenon after the release of their single “You’re a Jerk.” During its first week for sale on iTunes, the single sold more than 53,000 copies.

Sean Kingston was born Kisean Anderson in 1990 in Miami and at age seven, he was sent to live with his father in Jamaica. When he returned to Miami, his mother began encouraging him to sing.

Kingston posted some of his demo tracks on MySpace and began emailing every hit-making producer he could find, including J.R. Rotem, whom he emailed at least eight times daily for three weeks.

Passionate about his music and desperate for its commercial success because he became homeless when his mother was arrested for tax evasion and bank fraud, Kingston refused to take no for an answer. Eventually he was invited to meet with J.R. in Los Angeles, which he did in June 2006 when he moved to California to live with his brother.

After listening to his demos, J.R. signed Kingston to his newly released label Beluga Heights, followed by a joint contract with Epic records. Almost immediately after receiving his contract, Kingston gained international recognition with his 2007 hit song “Beautiful Girls.”

The single, which sampled Ben E. King’s 1961 hit “Stand By Me,” reached No. 1 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 for three weeks and topped the U.K. Singles Chart. “Beautiful Girls” was one of the fastest ascents up the charts in history.

The then 17-year-old Kingston later released two more top 10 hits, “Me Love” and “Take You There.” He has sold more than six million digital singles, more than 4.5 million ring tones and has toured with and opened for artists such as Gwen Stefani, Beyoncé and Kelly Clarkson.

His self-titled debut album was released in March 2008 and certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America.

Now 19-years-old, Kingston, not to be confused with the Jamaican dancehall artist Sean Paul, continues to make waves on the music scene with his unique blend of pop, doo-wop and reggae. On Sept. 22
Kingston released his new album, “Tomorrow,” which includes his new hit club-banging first single “Fire Burning.”

Kingston stated this album was released with the intention to get people to know “who Sean Kingston is.” Kingston says he “just keeps coming.”

To learn more about Sean Kingston, visit his website at http://www.seankingston.com.

For more information on New Boyz and the “Jerk” movement, visit their MySpace page at http://www.myspace.com/newboyz.

Sean Kingston is the Luther College’s Student Activities Committee fall concert appearance.