Alioune Badara Akon Thiam, Born April 16, 1977 in Saint Louis, Missouri, United States, known simply as Akon, is a Senegalese-American R&B singer-songwriter, record producer, businessman, and philanthropist. He rose to prominence in 2004 following the release of the singles "Locked Up
" and "Lonely
", from his debut album "Trouble
". His second album, "Konvicted
", earned him a Grammy Award nomination for the single Smack That featuring Eminem
. His latest album, "Freedom
", was released in 2008.