- Also Known As:
- Frank, Lonny
- New Orleans
Frank Ocean (born Christopher Francis Breaux in Long Beach, California on October 28, 1987) is an American singer-songwriter from New Orleans, Louisiana. Frank began his career as a songwriter, writing hits for singers such as Brandy, Justin Bieber, and John Legend. In 2010, he became a member of alternative hip-hop collective, OFWGKTA, and his debut mixtape, Nostalgia, Ultra, was released the following year to critical acclaim. His music has gained attention from notable artists, such as Kanye West, Beyoncé Knowles and Jay-Z, and he consequently appeared on Kanye and Jay-Z’s Watch the Throne album. He released his debut studio album, Channel Orange, in July 2012, and followed it up with his LP Blonde in August 2016.
Best Known For:
Frank Ocean is best known for being a singer-songwriter.
Frank is an openly gay man, and has been linked to model Willy Cartier. Frank announced that he was gay when he wrote an open letter, intended for the liner notes on Channel Orange, that would address “speculation about his same-sex attraction.” Frank is one of the first major African-American music artists to live as an open gay man, because of the homophobia associated within the industry and culture surrounding it.