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Frank Ocean

Ocean was born Christopher Edwin Cooksey on October 28, 1987, in Long Beach, California to parents Calvin Edward Cooksey and Katonya Breaux Riley. When he was around five years old, he and his family moved to New Orleans, Louisiana.

He grew up around its local jazz scene and listened to his mother's CDs on her car stereo, including albums by Celine Dion, Anita Baker, and The Phantom of the Opera soundtrack. As a teenager, he did neighborhood chores and saved up money to rent studio time. As he recalled, "Oh man I had numerous hustles [...] Washing cars was one of them, and mowing lawns and walking dogs." He enrolled in the University of New Orleans and moved into its dormitory in 2005.Shortly after enrolling in the university, Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans and he transferred to the University of Louisiana at Lafayette.


Christopher Francis Ocean (born October 28, 1987), better known by his stage name Frank Ocean, is an American singer-songwriter from New Orleans, Louisiana
Ocean was evacuated from the University of New Orleans to Los Angeles, California just as Hurricane Katrina hit in August 2005, and stayed in Los Angeles to pursue a music career
Ocean joined Los Angeles based collective OFWGKTA, who he met through mutual friends, at the end of 2009
At the end of 2009, he met Tricky Stewart, who helped Ocean sign a contract with Def Jam Recordings as an artist, however, he was initially unable to build a relationship with the company
In 2010, he changed his name from Christopher Breaux to Christopher Francis Ocean via a legal website
Ocean has written songs for Justin Bieber, John Legend, Brandy and Beyonce Knowles
In June of 2011, Ocean revealed on his Tumblr that he would be working on the upcoming Kanye West and Jay-Z collaborative album, Watch The Throne

 

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