Frankie J

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Fusing R&B with Latin sounds, Mexican American singer and songwriter Frankie J has scored major hits in both English and Spanish. He’s perhaps best known to US audiences for his 2003 smash “Obsession (No Es Amor),” featuring frequent collaborator Baby Bash. • Francisco Javier Bautista, Jr., was born in Tijuana, Mexico, and raised in neighboring San Diego, California. By his early twenties, he was performing freestyle music under the name Frankie Boy. • He was an early member of the Texas-based Kumbia Kings, a group launched by veteran songwriter and producer A. B. Quintanilla, older brother of late Tejano singing star Selena. • Frankie J’s 2003 debut solo single, “Don’t Wanna Try,” went Top 20 on the Billboard Hot 100 pop chart. • Also in 2003, Frankie guested on rapper Baby Bash’s 10 pop hit “Suga, Suga.” The duo recreated the chemistry on Frankie’s 2005 smash “Obsession (No Es Amor),” which climbed to No. 3. • “Obsession” appears on Frankie J’s third album, 2005’s The One, which reached No. 3 on the Billboard 200 and went platinum. That same year, Frankie notched another Top 40 pop hit with his cover of the rock band Extreme’s 1991 hit “More Than Words.” • Frankie J’s seventh album, Faith, Hope Y Amor, was nominated for Best Latin Pop Album at the 2014 Grammy Awards. It lost to Draco Rosa’s Vida. • In 2017, Frankie and Baby Bash partnered for the album Sangria.

Tijuana, Mexico
December 7, 1975

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