Alaine Laughton, known by her first name, is a singer and songwriter. She was born in New Jersey, but moved to Jamaica at the age of three.
In 1988, Alaine appeared in the movie Clara’s Heart along side Whoopi Goldberg. Through the late 1990’s and early 2000’s, Alaine lived in the United States songwriting and singing back up for Rocafella artists such as Cam’ron and Freeway.
She moved back to Jamaica in the summer of 2004 to focus on her own music after working as an investment banker for JP Morgan and Chase. Alaine met with Craig “DASECA” Marsh, and started working with him. Their immediate chemistry provided Alaine with her first song on the radio within days of her arrival back to Jamaica.
In 2005, the single “No Ordinary Love” on Don Corleon’s Seasons Riddim was a breakthrough single in the Reggae scene, and Alaine was quickly praised for her special talents. The single topped the charts in Jamaica and also charts in the UK. The music video topped the charts on MTV Tempo’s Cross Caribbean Countdown for several weeks and became the first video by a female reggae artist to be retired from the countdown on one of Jamaica’s biggest video request shows, E-Strip.
Alaine performed at the Reggae Sumfest in Montego Bay, Jamaica in 2005 and 2006 to positive reviews. She has also performed in St. Vincent, Tortola, St. Maarten, Cayman, Nevis, St. Croix , St. Thomas (USVI),
St. Lucia and the United States.
Alaine has continued voicing tunes for the last few years for the likes of Don Corleone, dropping nice cuts such as “Heavenly” on the Heavenly Riddim and Sacrifice, her latest single. A music video for the single, directed by top Jamaican director Ras Kassa was recently released. Her other singles “Deeper”, “Chaka Chaka Love”, “Heavenly”, “Wine” and “Love Sound”, a duet with Beres Hammond have all done well. “Dreaming of You” (featuring Beenie Man), “Rise In Love” , “I Love You” (featuring Busy Signal) and Sacrifice, among others, are in current rotation across the world.
Her album titled Sacrifice was released in 2008.
It came as a shock to many when they found out that she was the woman
behind Samantha J's 2013 hit Tight Up Skirt.
She has been spreading the word about HIV and safe sex to high schools
throughout Jamaica, and will be showcased as one of twenty artist in the
movie “Made in Jamaica” which is being directed by Jerome Lapperrouzas.
In a recent interview with The STAR, Alaine revealed that she hopes her recent work will garner even more respect for her as a serious songwriter.
"I have so much to look forward to this year and I hope people will take me more seriously; behind the smile and the laughter is a woman that's really in love with music and wants to be seen as a serious musician."