Akon is an American singer, songwriter, and record producer who rose to prominence in the mid-2000s with a series of hit singles. Some of his most well-known songs include “Lonely”, “Smack That”, “Don’t Matter”, and today’s song choice.

As a record producer, he has signed a number of successful acts, including Lady Gaga, T-Pain, and Kardinal Offishall (to name a few).

On this very day, April 16th 1973, he was born in St. Louis, Missouri (but grew up mostly in Senegal, West Africa). In celebration of his birthday, exactly 51 years ago today, I’ve literally chosen a beautiful R&B dance track that showcases Akon’s soulful spirit. If you’d like to have a listen, please feel free to use the provided link. From the 2008 album, “Freedom”, here’s today’s birthday boy, AKON, with “BEAUTIFUL”….