By: Kalie Savill

Christopher Francis also knows as “Frank Ocean” is an American singer, songwriter and rapper. He was born on October 28, 1987 in Long Beach, California. In 2012, he became a member of alternative hip-hop collective “OFWGKTA,” also known as Odd Future. He made music with them and also made music independently.

Ocean released his second album on July 10, 2012 by Def Jam Recordings. This album is called Channel Orange. Channel Orange has an unconventional musical style with songs that draw on electro-funk, pop soul, jazz-funk, and psychedelic music. Rather than rely on samples as he had with his mixtape, Ocean wanted to approach sound and song structure differently on Channel Orange. He titled the album as a reference to the color he perceived during the summer he first fell in love. The top song on the album is “Thinkin Bout You,”  which became the highest charting single on this album.