Chuck Fenda was born Leshorn Whitehead, June 15, 1972, in Brooklyn New York. He has always had a special love for music. It did not take him long to decide to follow his dream in music business.

Often traveling between Jamaica and New York to hone his deejaying skills, he spent most of his time at King Jammy’s studio, where he released his debut single “Shut your mouth when Yuh Bad Man Talking" on the tight clothes riddim for John John (King Jammy's son). He followed that up with ‘The Glue’ which impressed Producer King Jammy with DJ’s talent and invited him to record on his label. It was when he recorded his first big hit "Jah It’s All About You," a drop Money Money riddim released in 1996, that he got his first hit.  The single climbed several charts in Jamaica and throughout the Caribbean video for the song got regular rotation on all the most popular programs, music video.

Shortly thereafter, Fenda began recording for several producers, including Shocking Vibes where he did ”Fat Round Yah."  In 1997, Fenda decided to relocate to Jamaica to focus on his career, staying at King Jammy's studio and working hard to establish itself as a strong force in dancehall.

In 1998 he recorded his next big hit “Mi See clearly (Rat Race)" on the joint riddim. But his biggest hit was yet to come, the only “Bada Bada” made it the largest compartment on the Jamaican charts and in the top ten on various Caribbean charts “Bada Bada" was a staple in the dancehall and was on the daily play list several radio disc jockeys.

Chuck Fenda was on a roll and he began to squirt out more dancehall hits like “Right now” on Ticks riddim then “Lift” on the popular Bellys riddim with a video that created a buzz. His songs were in regular rotation on the air while he stayed in the public eye.

In 2000 he joined the Fifth Element Records family where the real revolution began to take place in the DJ's musical career. He became famous for tunes like the number one “Life Ruff Out Deh”, “I Swear” as well as “Can't Stop Try”, “Respect Mama” and “How You Feel”. These selections formed a part of his explosive awe-inspiring album ‘Better Days' on the Fifth Element label that was released in 2005.

Having introduced himself to the music scene as a conscious and spiritual, he has been working ever since at establishing himself as a strong force in Jamaica’s musical tapestry. Embracing the Rastafarian way of life, he has been dubbed within the entertainment industry as the ‘Poor People Defenda' and remains focused on creating heartfelt lyrics about the plight of the poor and current affairs.

His “Afromantic” character of glorifying black women was revealed in The Living Fire album released in 2007 by Greensleeves Record. This album featured his collaboration with Cherine Anderson on the hit single “Are You Coming Over Tonight” which quickly rose to #1 on the local charts and remained on the Top 30 for 26 weeks.

Chuck Fenda has matured since his introduction in the late 1990’s, balancing management duties and his career to great fruition. With a career spanning over 10 years that has catapulted him into a world renowned artiste. The DJ is now taking his career to a higher level by establishing his own recording, management and booking label – Living Fire. This move is aimed at facilitating independence as it concerns the management of his musical career as well as playing his part in exposing new talent to the world.

He has had outstanding performances on local and regional stage events like Sting, Original Jam Jam, Rebel Salute as well as countless major international events in the United States, Europe and Japan. Frequent tours overseas have contributed to invaluable exposure to the international musical scene and are evident in his wide fan base.

In 2009, Fenda released his third album “Fulfillment.” Produced by Kemar McGregor (Flava), Shane Brown and Marvin; it is identifiably the most spiritual album from the artiste to date. Characterized by collaborations with like-minded artistes such as I-Wayne on the track “Thin Line”, “Bad Boys” with Sammy Dread and “Time Rough” featuring Bush Man. Heavy airwave rotation of tracks contained on the album include “Herbalist Farmer” and “Cold Fi Di Money”.  This was followed-up with the 2013 release "Jah Element" on the John John record label.

Through Living Fire Records, the Poor People Defenda is planning to make an even greater impact on the global music stage. Through his conscious songs and high-energy performances, Chuck Fenda has cemented himself as one of the few that will play a great role in the revolution of Jamaica's music across the globe.

 

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