Tijuana-born and San Diego-raised contemporary R&B artist Frankie J
was raised on a steady diet of Latin music and American artists like Michael Jackson
At the age of 15, he was involved with the Latin freestyle scene and released a series of singles on a Canadian dance label. A 1997 signing with Jellybean Benitez
's Hola label never panned out, but he landed on his feet when he became a member of los Kumbia Kings
. After a few years with the group, J
went solo with 2003's What's a Man to Do?
, a collection of ballad-dominated material that was released on Columbia. One
(2005), Un Nuevo Día
(2006), and Priceless
(also 2006) followed.