commanding presence, a distinctive voice that is recognizable
throughout the world, and titles such as artist, businessman,
philanthropist and Grammy Award winner, Shaggy is and has been a
force to be reckoned with. A son of the brambly streets of
Kingston, Jamaica, his discipline-which he credits to his military
background-has been the foundation of his success.
In 1993, Shaggy exploded on the music scene with his debut album
“Pure Pleasure.” His remix of the Ska classic "Oh Carolina" from that
album was an instant hit in England and other countries. Shaggy
followed up with his sophomore album “Boombastic” in 1995.
“Boombastic” went certified platinum, won a Grammy Award in 1996 for
Best Reggae Album and topped an impressive chart list that included
the Top 40 Rhythmic charts, Hot 100, Billboard 200, among others.
Wanting to take a more hands on approach with his career, Shaggy,
along with his manager Robert Livingston and legendary producer
Sting International formed Big Yard Music Group in 1996. With its
state-of-the-art equipment and highly trained staff, Big Yard set
out to “create a central space filled with opportunities” and has
been instrumental in the careers of artists such as Brian & Tony
Gold, Kiprich, Rayvon, Rik Rok and Voicemail. Today, the label is
responsible for the careers of Richie Loop, Christopher Martin and
With the formation of Big Yard Music Group and the success of “Boombastic,”
Shaggy forged ahead and recorded his third installment “Midnight
Lover” in 1997. Fast forward to 2000, Shaggy released his fourth
album “Hotshot” on MCA Records label. “Hotshot” went Diamond
worldwide and Platinum 6 times in the United States. Notable singles
from that album included "It Wasn’t Me" and "Angel." "It Wasn’t Me"
received a Grammy nomination. Single "Luv Me, Luv Me" featuring Janet
Jackson was released on the Soundtrack for the movie “How Stella Got
Her Groove Back.” The album also won best selling album at the 2002
In 2002 and 2005 Shaggy released “Lucky Day” and “Clothes Drop”
respectively. “Lucky Day” went certified Gold while single "Strength
Of A Woman" made the Top 40 mainstream charts. “Clothes Drop”
received a Grammy Nomination for Best Reggae Album. Thereafter,
Shaggy busied himself in the studio recording his next album
“Intoxication” was released in 2007 and debuted at number 1 on
Billboard’s Top Reggae Albums chart, was nominated for Best Reggae
Album at the 51st Grammy Awards in 2008 and was the number 1
download on UK iTunes Reggae chart. The first single, "Church
Heathen", from the album received rave reviews. The song peaked at
number 1 on various music charts and won the Best Music Video at the
International Reggae and World Music Awards in 2008. The second
single "Bonafide Girl" also made its way to number 1 on music charts.
That same year, Shaggy recorded and released single "Feel The Rush"
which was used as the original anthem for the UEFA Euro Cup. The
single was featured on various charts throughout Europe and India.
In 2011 he returned with "Summer In Kingston" that was released on
his own Ranch Entertainment record label. The album includes
the hit single "Sugarcane" and was nominated for a Grammy award.
Last year, Shaggy released his latest effort "Out of Many, One
Music." The idea for this collaboration with Sly and Robbie was
conceived while on tour and production was started in 2012. Recorded
in New York and Jamaica, the album features the chart topping duo
with R&B Artist Neyo "You Girl" aloing with along with additional
combinations with Beres Hammond, Konshens, Taurus Riley, Coco Tea,
Joe, Morgan Heritage, Tessanne Chin, Chronixx, Jimm Cozier and
An exemplary career that has spanned well over a decade, Shaggy has
enjoyed cross-over success. But getting to the top hasn’t been easy,
“everything changes when you are a reggae artist that falls under
the American gaze. The recognition in Jamaica, while paramount, does
not measure to the US’s validation of an artist.” This validation
has catapulted Shaggy’s career – he is the only certified
Diamond-selling Dancehall Reggae artist. However, Shaggy has
remained humble, taking his career in strides. He has defied the
odds, succeeded on his own terms and continues to break down
barriers for those who dare to follow in his footsteps.