Wyclef is a hugely influential Haitian American musician, record producer, and politician, who came to fame as part of the hip-hop trio The Fugees. He went on to have a successful solo career and has worked with some of the biggest names in the music industry. Wyclef Jean was born in Croix-des-Bouquets, Haiti, the son of a Nazarene pastor, at age nine Wyclef moved with his family to Brooklyn, New York, before moving again to northern New Jersey. Wyclef's musical breakthrough was as part of The Refugee Camp (The Fugees), a three-member group that included Lauryn Hill and Prakazrel "Pras" MichelThe Fugees signed to Ruffhouse Records, which released the group's debut album, Blunted on Reality. It sold fairly well, peaking at #49 on the U.S. Hot 100 and selling over 2 million copies worldwide. The follow-up album – The Score – sold over 18 million copies worldwide, eventually becoming a multi-platinum, Grammy-winning album. Wyclef announced plans to begin a solo career with 1997's Wyclef Jean Presents the Carnival Featuring the Refugee All-Stars (generally called The Carnival). The album's guests included Lauryn Hill and Pras along with Wyclef's siblings' group Melky Sedeck; the I Threes (back-up vocals for Bob Marley); The Neville Brothers and Celia Cruz. The album was a hit.