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Transforming himself from Spanish language records to mainstream pop in English, Frankie J has created a very successful singer songwriter status for himself. He has had several hit singles in the US 100 charts and a platinum selling album. As part of the hugely popular Kumbia Kings, he toured all across Latin America and at their peak even playing to 100,000 people at Monterrey, Mexico. But it was his success as a solo artist in American pop music which has brought him widespread critical and commercial success. He has sold nearly 2 million copies of his music world wide and even had No.1 selling single world wide markets like New Zealand


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Frankie J - The Latino Pop Star


"My songs are all very real and in many ways I worked out a lot of the stress and emotions of my own life through my music" - Frankie J


Mr. Latino Cool


Transforming himself from Spanish language records to mainstream pop in English, Frankie J has created a very successful singer songwriter status for himself. He has had several hit singles in the US 100 charts and a platinum selling album. As part of the hugely popular Kumbia Kings, he toured all across Latin America and at their peak even playing to 100,000 people at Monterrey, Mexico. But it was his success as a solo artist in American pop music which has brought him widespread critical and commercial success. He has sold nearly 2 million copies of his music world wide and even had No.1 selling single world wide markets like New Zealand


Early Years


Frankie J was raised in San Diego, California. While in school he started listening to American music and was hugely inspired by Michael Jackson and Madonna. Frankie started participating in talent shows while in high school and his dancing and writing his own music. He signed a recording contract with music producer Jellybean Benitez in 1997. Jellybean had worked with the likes of Madonna and Sir Paul McCartney. He was sampling freestyle music and started performing in local clubs.


By 1999, as a young up and coming talent, Frankie J decided to take up on the offer by Kumbia Kings. The group created by A.B. Quintanilla III, was going to focus on the Latino pop markets and heavily tour the Latino market. There was immediate success in the group as their debut album sold 500,000 copies in the desired market. After constantly touring they released another album in 2001 which earned them another hit. By '03 they were nominated as the Latin Artist of the Year at the American Music Awards.


The American Market


Even though he had gained success in the band, he always wanted to be break into the mainstream in the US. After floating his solo demos to various record labels in the US; he even approached the band management to sign him as solo artist and focus on the US market. A proposal which was turned down, leaving Frankie J dejected. He forced himself out of the band by not showing up for their meetings and rehearsals. This lead to a law suit and was finally settled out of court. Frankie J managed to get out of the contract with A.B. Quintanilla III. He quickly signed up with Columbia Records and released his debut album.


"What's a Man to Do" in 2003, was a consistent pop album with party style music, though it failed to be a commercial hit. But it was his RnB single "Don't Wanna Try"

that reached the top 20 on the US singles charts which brought him recognition. The album peaked at No. 53 on the Billboard charts.


His next effort was titled "The One" released in 2005, was his first major hit. The single "Obsession" received major radio airplay. The hip-hop ballad with its sultry video featuring a supermodel was big hit. The song helped the album reach platinum status in the US. Finally his dream of breaking through mainstream US had come true. Frankie J even remixed the popular rock group Extreme's acoustic ballad "More Than Words"


The New Album


After touring North America, Frankie J returned to the studio for this follow-up effort. However he first wanted to record a Spanish language album which he released in 2006. The album was certified Gold in Latin markets but just about managed to chart in the US. His focus now was his follow-up to the hit second album. Columbia records was also keen to ensure their artists continuing success; the label put together some of the best hip-hop producers for the album such as Mannie Fresh (Lil' Wayne), Bryan Michael Cox (Mariah Carrey and Usher) and Stargate (Nelly).


The new album "Priceless" was released with a lot of promotion and preceded by the single "That Girl"; released in 2006, the album did not do as well as its predecessor; only charting as high as no. 30 on the US charts. The dip in sales was due to his new tough boy image and emotional songs which was too soon for a makeover. He alienated his core fans who were ready for something similar to this sophomore effort.


Frankie J's is o the verge of releasing his new album tentatively titled "Timeless"


  • Frankie J was the opening act for Britney Spears 2007 House of Blues club tour dubbed The M+M tour.
  • Frankie J was born in Tijuana, Mexico and at age 2 crossed the border into California
  • Frankie J's exit from Kumbia Kings resulted in a law suit which was eventually settled out of court
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