Born Christopher Breaux, Frank Ocean moved to New Orleans with his family at the age of five. His beginnings were humble, and he often took on odd jobs to help support himself. While listening to his mother's CDs, young Frank began to develop a deep appreciation for music. When Ocean was entering college in 2005, his life was profoundly impacted by the devastation of Hurricane Katrina. His music studio was ruined and the city was vastly damaged and in a state of chaos. Ocean decided on a change of scenery and went to Los Angeles to work on his music for a few weeks. These weeks turned into a much longer period of time, as Ocean developed special relationships with other artists. After sending out some demos of his work, he was able to secure a deal as a songwriter. The money was excellent, and Ocean suddenly found himself working with industry heavyweights such as Beyonce. As much as he enjoyed songwriting, however, Ocean still wanted to perform his material. In 2009, he joined the hip-hop collective Odd Future and befriended the controversial rapper Tyler, the Creator. At this point, his career really started to take flight. With the release of his mixtape, titled Nostalgia, Ultra, followed by his debut LP, Channel Orange, Ocean's career ascended into the R&B and hip-hop stratosphere. Performances at the Grammys, as well as television shows such as Saturday Night Live, enhanced his profile even more. One of the more interesting parts of Ocean's biography is that he came out as bisexual around the time Channel Orange was launched. The hip-hop world, which had been labeled as homophobic in the past, embraced Ocean's revelations for the most part. With his deeply personal music coupled with his unique vision, Ocean is certain to be a successful singer/songwriter for years to come.