Frank Ocean

American singer, songwriter, record producer and photographer

Frank Ocean (born October 28, 1987)[3] is an American singer-songwriter, record producer and photographer. He was born in Long Beach, California and moved to New Orleans, Louisiana when he was five. Ocean made an early career as a ghostwriter for artists such as Brandy, Justin Bieber, and John Legend. In 2010, he became a member of OFWGKTA. His first mixtape, Nostalgia, Ultra, was released in 2011. Critics liked the album.

Frank Ocean
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Background information
Birth nameChristopher Breaux
Born (1987-10-28) October 28, 1987 (age 32)
Long Beach, California, U.S.
OriginNew Orleans, Louisiana, U.S.
Years active2007–present
Associated acts

In 2012, BBC said that Ocean finished second place in its Sound of 2012 poll.[4] Ocean appeared at Coachella. He was scheduled for Lollapalooza at the end of his 2012 summer tour.[5] His first studio album, channel ORANGE, was a digital download only on iTunes for one week. Then it was a full release on July 17, 2012. It was nominated for six Grammy Awards.[6]

Ocean won the 2013 Brit Award for International Male Solo Artist.[7]

In October 2013 Ocean said on his Tumblr that he would release new music in summer 2014.[8]

He is also considered to be a global gay icon.

Personal lifeEdit

Ocean was one of the first major hip-hop/R&B artists to say that he had a same-sex relationship.[9]



Collaborative albumsEdit


Awards and nominationsEdit

Year Organization Award Result
2012 BBC Sound of 2012[4] Second
2012 Grammies International Album of the Year[10] Nominated


  1. Noz, Andrew (April 21, 2011). "Frank Ocean: Smart And Subtle R&B Songwriting". NPR. Retrieved 2012-06-12.
  2. Fennessey, Sean (March 23, 2011). "Love vs. Money: The Weeknd, Frank Ocean, and R&B's Future Shock". The Village Voice Blogs. Village Voice Media. Retrieved 2012-06-12.
  3. "Frank Ocean". 2020-05-19. Retrieved 2020-07-30.
  4. 4.0 4.1 "Sound of – 2012 – Frank Ocean". BBC. Retrieved 2012-04-03.
  5. Frank Ocean’s Summer Tour Sold Out BET. July 11, 2012.
  7. "Brit Awards 2013: No wild things from a music scene in the wilderness". The Independent. 21 February 2013.
  8. "It Bites - MTV UK".
  9. Frank Ocean effect: What happens when a hip hop artist confesses same sex love? CNN. July 11, 2012.
  10. "Grammy Nominees 2012". January 14, 2011. Retrieved 2011-11-16.