- Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, USA
Jean Beauvoir is an Haitian American singer bassist, guitarist, multi-instrumentalist, songwriter, producer and entertainment executive.
Beauvoir was born in Chicago to parents of Haitian background. He played drums as a child and switched to bass as a teenager. He was Gary U.S. Bond's musical director at age 14; following this, he sang in the doo wop group The Flamingos. He gained his first music experiences with these groups touring the US performing at Dick Clark revival concerts. He moved to New York City during the punk rock explosion and answered a newspaper ad for a bassist, which led to his joining The Plasmatics for two albums. While with the Plasmatics and subsequently, Beauvoir sported a conspicuous blond mohawk.
He left the group after their release Beyond the Valley of 1984 to join Steve Van Zandt's Little Steven & the Disciples of Soul for two albums. Following this, he launched a solo career with the album Drums Along the Mohawk, released in the U.K. on Virgin Records in 1986. That same year, the track "Feel the Heat" was chosen by Sylvester Stallone for his film, Cobra. The song was a hit, charting Top 10 across Europe and Australia and reaching No. 73 on the Billboard Hot 100. On the strength of the single, Drums Along the Mohawk was released in the U.S. and peaked at No. 93 on the Billboard 200. Jean Beauvoir's success has always been much greater in the rest of the world than in the US.
Beauvoir released several further solo albums since the late 1980s, mostly released in Europe. Since then he has also written, produced for, and performed with acts such asKiss, John Waite, Ramones, Nona Hendryx, The Pretenders, Deborah Harry, Lionel Richie, Doro and N'SYNC. He has appeared on over 100 albums over the past two decades. He has also fronted the bands Voodoo X and Crown of Thorns, which was originally signed to Interscope Records for a much publicized record breaking deal. Both these hard rock groups have achieved significant success in the rest of the world. Beauvoir has earned a multitude of Platinum and Gold awards for his work in the US and abroad.
In addition to his film music work with Sylvester Stallone, his credit list includes the title tracks or theme songs for the movies Pet Semetary from Stephen King's novel, Wes Craven’s blockbuster Shocker, Flawless (with Robert De Niro), School of Rock (with Jack Black), Christmas with the Kranks (with Tim Allen, Jamie Lee Curtis and Dan Aykroyd),The Guilty (with Bill Pullman), Rock 'n' Roll High School Forever, Berlin Nights (with Gabriela Tscherniack), RV (with Robin Williams) and Unthinkable (with Samuel Jackson).
Beauvoir founded and serves as CEO/President of Voodoo Island Entertainment Group whose divisions included Voodoo Island Records and Voodoo Island Productions. Over the course of his professional career, he has created joint venture partnerships with industry veterans such as Richard Branson, Al Teller, Ted Fields, Jimmy Iovine, Gene Simmons, Paul Stanley, and Lou Pearlman. Beauvoir is also the founder and CEO/President of Hot Boy Music and Tigre Noire Music. Beauvoir’s worldwide music catalogue contains over 250 published titles currently administered by Rondor/Universal.
For 61⁄2 years, Jean served as CEO/Managing Director of Steven Van Zandt’s media and entertainment company, Renegade Nation, who’s operations include terrestrial and Sirius XM Satellite radio programming, live event and television production, record label operations, music licensing, merchandising and an online social networking venture.
Beauvoir was responsible for all aspects of Renegade Nation’s initiatives, which included the programming, management of staff, and coordination of two 24/7 Channels on Sirius XM Satellite, “Outlaw Country” and “Little Steven’s Underground Garage”. Negotiation of all agreements with artists, talent agents, managers, record companies, TV networks e.g., ESPN and VH1, retail outlets e.g., Best Buy and FYE, worldwide music distributors, brands/sponsors including Pepsi, AT&T, Dunkin Donuts, Rolling Rock, Budweiser, Hard Rock International, Olympus and others…
Beauvoir oversaw all events executed by Renegade in coordination with Steven Van Zandt including, Hard Rock/Underground Garage concerts and pool parties, ESPN and Underground Garage New Year’s Eve in Times Squares NY, Hawaiian Tropic weekly events in Times Square, Honda Grand Prix/Underground Garage in St Petersburg Florida, UG at SXSW, Teen Vogue at the Hard Rock and all UG national tours including the “Rolling Rock and Roll Tour” (Rolling Rock and AT&T).
He also negotiated personal agreements for Steven Van Zandt e.g., Lilyhammer, World Of Warcraft (TV commercial), IMG and others.
Beauvoir continues to produce, write and lead his group Crown of Thorns. Crown of Thorns re-released their 2008 CD "Faith" on June 9, 2009 here in the US through Lost Cathedral Sony Red.
He continues to write and produce for other Artists, his most recent successes are with the Artist "Vivi Jiang" (Fashion Show) #15 Global Pop Charts China April, 2013 and with the SHINEE mini album "Everybody" which was number #1 on multiple charts across ASIA as of October 15, 2013, #5 US iTunes and #2 Billboard World Charts in November 2013.
2014 - Beauvoir is currently an Executive Producers of a "Hit" Television show for SBS Discovery Television featuring the award winning comedian "Kristian Valen", he is also recording a new album due out 2015 with Micki Free under the project name Beauvoir/Free and is involved in various other TV and entertainment ventures.
Beauvoir serves on the advisory boards of the Naples Film Festival (NIFF) and also AMB, Academy of Music and Business (created by legendary songwriter Andreas Carlson), alongside other legendary writers (Desmond Child, David Foster, Dallas Austin and several other industry luminaries...
- New Hope for the Wretched (Stiff Records, 1980)
- Beyond the Valley of 1984 (Stiff Records, 1981)
- Metal Priestess (Stiff Records, 1981)
- Drums Along the Mohawk (Virgin Records, 1986)
- Jacknifed (Columbia Records, 1988)
- Rockin' in the Street (Virgin Records, 1996)
- Bare to the Bones (Point Records, 2001)
- Chameleon (Edel Records, 2004)
Crown of Thorns
- Crown of Thorns (1993)
- Raw Thorns (demos from 1991 to 1994) (1994) (re-released in 2002 with bonus DVD)
- 21 Thorns (re-release of first album + bonus disc of live tracks) (1995)
- Breakthrough (1996)
- Lost Cathedral (1998)
- Destiny Unknown (2000)
- Karma (2002)
- Crown Jewels (greatest hits) (2004)
- Faith (2008)
- Vol. 1 The Awakening (1989)
Productions, songwriting and performances
- Little Steven and the Disciples of Soul - bass and vocals on Men Without Women - 1982
- Little Steven and the Disciples of Soul - bass and vocals on Voice of America - 1983
- Little Steven and the Disciples of Soul - bass and vocals on Greatest Hits - 1999
- Little Steven - backing vocals on Born Again Savage - 1999
- KISS - "Thrills in the Night" (songwriter and bass on Animalize - 1984)
- KISS - "Who Wants to Be Lonely", "Uh! All Night" (songwriter and bass on Asylum - 1985)
- KISS - The Box Set (songwriter - 2001)
- KISS - Exposed (songwriter - 1987)
- Ramones - Animal Boy (producer, mixing, songwriter on "Something to Believe In", "My Brain Is Hanging Upside Down (Bonzo Goes to Bitburg)", "She Belongs to Me" - 1986)
- Ramones - Brain Drain (producer - 1989)
- Ramones - The Chrysalis Years (producer - 2002)
- Ramones - Loud, Fast Ramones: Their Toughest Hits (producer - 2002)
- Ramones - Template:Masters of Rock (producer)
- Ramones - The Best of The Ramones (producer - 2004)
- Ramones - Weird Tales of the Ramones (producer, songwriter - 2005)
- Ramones - Greatest Hits (producer - 2006)
- We're a Happy Family: A Tribute to Ramones (songwriter on "Something to Believe In" performed by The Pretenders - 2003)
- John Waite - "Dark Side of the Sun" (songwriter on No Brakes - 1984)
- Nona Hendryx - "I Need Love" (songwriter on The Heat - 1985)
- Cameo - guitar on Machismo - 1988
- Carol Davis - "Love to Make Love to You" (songwriting) on I'm No Angel - 1993)
- Glenn Hughes - "The Liar" (songwriter on From Now On... - 1994)
- NSync - "Forever Young" (songwriter on *NSYNC - 1997)
- Bruce Springsteen and The E Street Band - (Singer/Duet) on Hungry Heart (album) Bercy Nights 1999
- Doro - "Salvaje", "Sister Darkness" (songwriter, guitar on Fight - 2002)
- School of Rock (soundtrack) - Ramones: "My Brain Is Hanging Upside Down" (producer, songwriter - 2003)
- Christmas with the Kranks (soundtrack) - Ramones: "Merry Christmas to All of the World" (producer - 2004)
- Joey Ramone - Ya Know? (producer - 2012)
- Joey Ramone - "There's Got to Be More to Life", "Spanish Eyes" (producer - 2012)
- Debbie Harry - "Do It Yourself" (songwriter - 2012)
- Vivi Jiang - "Fashion Show" (songwriter - 2013)
- SHINEE - Mini Album "Everybody" (songwriter - 2013)