Frankie J. Biography
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What's A Man To Do?
Blessed with a Love Man's passion and a B Boy swagger, singer/songwriter Frankie J is making his move with a sound both sexy and soulful on What's A Man To Do?, his Columbia Records debut. Featuring songs and production from Frankie as well as Jaime Galvez (KC Porter) and Happy Perez (Mystikal, Master P, Cash Money Millionaires), the album states Frankie's case with a blend of lush R&B, hip-hop infused club tracks and an emotional directness that will touch your heart.
You've already heard Frankie's romantic ways courtesy of the smash single, "Don't Wanna Try," which has taken Rhythm, Top 40, and even A/C by storm. Written and produced by Frankie, "Don't Wanna Try" is a simmering ballad that breaks down the fall of a relationship and cuts to the heart and soul of love with lyrics that are deeply personal, but universal in their scope and appeal. "That song comes from personal experience," says Frankie, "but I know everyone has gone through a similar situation where you realize that the love just isn't there anymore and you know you have to walk away."
Another song that deals with love and relationships is the edgy title track, also written and produced by Frankie, "What's A Man To Do?," a track laced with sexy attitude with Frankie testifying about an affair that's hit a rough patch. "Everyone asks why I write all these sad love songs," Frankie laughs, "but these kind of emotions really ring true and this song, which is about a man being fed up but not knowing if he should give in to temptation, is really honest."
Equally honest and emotional is the lush ballad, "Be Home Soon," which unfolds the story of a couple separated by work and their poignant desire to see each other again. The song is a favorite at Frankie's concerts and he recently has been dedicating it to the soldiers in Iraq and elsewhere. "'Be Home Soon' is a really touching song," he explains.
Of course Frankie has more on his mind than breakups and sorrow. His album is also juiced up with gritty grooves and street informed energy as witnessed by the party ready cut, "Drinks On Me," featuring newcomer Baby Bash.
While What's A Man To Do? might be Frankie's solo debut, it is not the first time audiences have had the opportunity to fall under his vocal spell. A former member of the Grammy-nominated Latin pop group A.B. Quintanilla y Los Kumbia Kings -- whose 1999 debut sold half a million copies -- Frankie has been making music since his teens.
Born In Tijuana, Mexico, Frankie 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."
Encouraged 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 in Canada.
Frankie recorded 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."
The desire 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."
Asked what 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.
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My soul provider ma brother | Reviewer: Given | 2/12/13
Thank you for your jubilant songs u have written that even inspired me,Am from South Africa and am looking forward to walk on your steps,am going to audition for SA idols and I'll be singing your favorite track “still ” which has touched ma soul,I hope I'll do very well because of ur inspirational in RnB music,thankx dawg ,Am 19
My soul provider ma brother | Reviewer: Given | 2/12/13
Thank u for ur jubilant songs u hv written that even inspired me,Am from South Africa and am looking forward to walk on ur steps,am goin to audition for SA idols and I'll be singing ur favorite track “still ” which has touched ma soul,I hope I'll do very well because of ur inspirational in RnB music,thankx dawg ,Am 19
ur so amazin | Reviewer: Amy | 2/20/11
Hey Frankie my name is amy and i really think that your amazing and i love the way you sing and um i really think that your hot i really wished that i could have meant you on my birthday but i didnt and i know that your really busy my birthday was february 10 i just turned 19 so ya.All i really want is to get to know you if you like to your a really cool guy and you inspire me alot i would really like to hear from you 132 Senisa
WOW.... No words | Reviewer: Ericka | 2/7/11
WOW ! Where And How ... Does Your Talent Even Possible ? Its Themonimal Uniquee Never Done Before . You Are My Inspiration To become Something Better Oh Yeah And Thanks A lot Daddys Little Girl MAde Me Cry >:( Its Like You Were Sining Directly At ME . Lyrical Geniouse . P.s. IWANNA See Your Son Sing :)
Birthday | Reviewer: Marquisha | 10/12/10
hey Frankie j i love all you song but the one i like the most is tell me ft pitbull man i fail in love wit dat song. my ex use 2 sing dat song 2 me intill he died. well my birthday is in 5 months nd i was hopein u cld cum we really dnt hve money rite noww we poor.bt i hope u will txt me bak p.s. i love u My name is Marquisha
Amazing Talent | Reviewer: Kiara Madrigal | 11/3/09
Hey Frankie J you have touched my soul You have such a great prespective of life and love and pretty much everything you write is something i love to compare to. Your voice is freaking sexy jeje i like your style of Music its really something amazing jeje if i could met you i wouldn´t freak out id really want to have a big convo with you and just give you a great big hug jeje!! muah besos Gorditos eres un ser especial en mi vida Gracias!! for making it big and letting my ears have a piece of your world!
I Love You.... You Are My Reason... | Reviewer: Lupita | 2/20/09
Hey Frankie J I just wanted to let you know that I LOVE YOU and that without you there would be no me. And I seriously mean that I wouldnt be living right know if it wasn't for you Thats why you are my reason _To Live_.
Frankie J you are............... | Reviewer: Yesenia | 1/9/08
Frankie J I love your music and I will like to know how old are you. Do you have brothers or sisters. Frankie I just will like to meet you in person. I hope you hve a resent picture you can send me because I'm doing a report on yu in school. BYE BABY
I love you Fankie J | Reviewer: Maria | 11/7/07
I want to tell that I love all of you songs and I hear all of them every time, but I want to ask you too which one of them are your favorite and Why? Please answer me. Bye
Te June | Reviewer: Valerie G | 9/29/07
November 2006 I saw you in New York in a private performance for People magazine. I was the one in blue with the Sony group to your right. You are an amazing arists and so talented....your a cool dude Frankie!!!!! Muncho besos..muah
Valerie G Tucson, Az
u inspire me alot | Reviewer: juliana esparza | 9/25/07
i want to ask u something my birthday is next year im going to be 15 years old and i wish u would be there for my birthday well im poor i live in apartments if u make my wish come true i would thank u alot my adress is 2926 E. osborn #323
bitch/cuz | Reviewer: shortykim | 8/6/07
watz up frankie do you know who my tio hector is thatz ur uncle 2 witch means yu ma thrd cuzin i luv ya soooooo much, well i mean as cuzinz, yu shuld call me 3032426405 vizit me to 15544 E. Evans Ave. aurora,co 80013 my sister is in california don't ya live there? well anyway by luv ya p.s.i'm a grl and my real name is Kimberly Cabrera!!!!!!! see ya in october!!!
cuz in man!!! | Reviewer: Kimberly | 7/30/07
what's up Frankie ya might not have met me but i'm yo thrd cuzin my tio hector is yo uncle!!!!
Jenny | Reviewer: Jennifer Yerena | 6/23/07
Franki3 all i want 2 say iz that you ar3 amazing and i lov3 your music vid3o 'daddys littl3 gurl' its also sad becaus3 every thing that you said on that music video iz the sam3 thing that happ3nd 2 m3 li love you by jennif3r y3r3n@
heyy Frankie J | Reviewer: lorena | 6/5/07
Ahhhhhhhhhhhhh omg i love Frankie J ahhhh mi dios i cant it u Frankie J ur soo good i love tu musica like wow!!! lol bueno g2g i hope u write back well g2g bye<33
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