in Mexico but raised in San Diego, Frankie J has been making music
since his teenage years, both as a solo artist and as a member
of Los Kumbia Kings. In 2003, he released the R&B-flavored
album What's A Man To Do, finding a hit single with the track
"Don't Wanna Try." Shortly thereafter, he dropped a
self-titled Spanish LP, which furthered his growing rep and cross-cultural
appeal. In early 2005, Frankie J scored another hit with the romantically
minded single "Obsession (No Es Amor)." He followed
that up with the full-length The One, featuring collaborations
with Irv Gotti, Lil Flip, Baby Bash, and Mario Winans.
and his family moved to San Diego, California, when he was 2.
Both his grandfather and father were musical and as a young child
Frankie loved to sing and would often entertain his family. Spanish
was Frankie's first language and the first music he was exposed
to was the rhythmic sounds of his native land such as Cumbias
Rancheras and Bandas. "Spanish music and the language is
really my roots," Frankie offers, "but I also listened
to the same stuff other kids liked like Run DMC, Kurtis Blow,
the Fat Boys and Michael Jackson. When I was 8 I was really into
Michael Jackson and breaking, and as I got older I was really
into artists like Brian McKnight, Stevie Wonder and K-Ci and Jo
Jo. You know, the real honest R&B."
by his family, Frankie began to develop more of an interest in
singing and by the time he was in high school he'd begun participating
in talent shows and performing at school functions, which was
his first taste of what it's like to sing in front of an audience.
The experience thrilled him and motivated him to pursue music
seriously. So seriously that, by the time Frankie was 15, he was
signed as a Latin Freestyle artist by a small dance music label
a few singles and his energetic sound garnered a small following
and soon bigger labels came knocking. In 1997 Frankie signed with
the now defunct Hola Recordings, the brain-child of dance music
legend and producer Jellybean Benitez. Unfortunately for Frankie,
his album never saw the light of day and in 1999 he left Hola
to join the already established Latin pop group Los Kumbia Kings.
Sharing lead vocal duties with another singer, Frankie would perform
the group's English language songs, wrote many of their more R&B
influenced hits, toured, and performed with the popular act for
three and half years. Frankie appeared on television, sang at
the Billboard Latin Music Awards and traveled the world. "It
was an amazing experience, but I knew that in my heart I wanted
to do my own material and being in a group made that impossible."
to make it on his own motivated Frankie to leave the Grammy-nominated
group and test the waters as a solo artist. Frankie entered the
studio in the winter of 2003 and completed What's A Man To Do?,
his solo debut, in a month. Soon his single, "Don't Wanna
Try," began to create a buzz at radio, retail, and video
outlets. For this talented young artist, the affirmation of his
efforts was a dream come true, "This is what I've always
wanted to do and to have people like it is wonderful."
he wants fans to hear when they check out What's A Man To Do?,
Frankie replies, "The truth behind somebody's life. 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. I deal in situations
that are close to the heart and I know that things like that are
timeless." A voice with a universal message, Frankie will
surely reach the hearts and souls of many with What's a Man To
Do?, his highly anticipated solo debut album.