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Craig David

During a period of three years, Craig David transitioned from aspiring songwriter and DJ to major U.K. pop star. When his meringue-smooth, garage-tinged R&B single "Fill Me In" reached the top of the U.K. chart during the summer of 2000, the singer, only 19 years old at the time, became the youngest British male solo artist to achieve the feat. Not only that, but he also achieved mainstream U.S. acceptance and platinum sales in 18 additional countries. Though he did not sustain that level of popularity, David released solid modern R&B albums every few years.

Prior to his breakthrough, David, a native of Southampton, was a local radio jock and later found himself spinning records at clubs, which enabled him to cross paths with some of England’s up-and-coming producers. It was during this time that he hooked up with Artful Dodger's Mark Hill, but his first real break came when he won a songwriting contest held by the group Damage, who recorded "I’m Ready," the track he submitted, and released it as a B-side to their 1997 single "Wonderful Tonight." Two years later, Artful Dodger produced and wrote the mellow yet rhythmically tricky "Rewind," for which David provided the lead vocal -- the release was billed as Artful Dodger Presents Craig David -- and the song went to number two on the U.K. pop chart.

The release of David’s first proper solo single, "Fill Me In," came in April 2000. A collaboration with Hill, the song went to number one and propelled sales of Born to Do It, the debut album issued four months later. A subsequent stateside deal with Atlantic also fostered worldwide sales of well over three million and helped take U.K. garage beyond a national phenomenon (if as a polished, smoothed-out product relative to the style’s beginnings). U.S. superstars Missy Elliott, Beyoncé, and Usher called themselves fans, and that year David won three MOBO (Music of Black Origin) awards, though he was snubbed in each of the six Brit Award categories for which he was nominated. He collected another MOBO in 2001 for Best U.K. Act, and also received three Ivor Novello awards, further recognition of this purple patch of songwriting.

Slicker Than Your Average, ironically a slightly grittier album, was issued as David’s second album in November 2002. It would have been nearly impossible to trump the popularity of Born to Do It, but the album’s first four singles all reached the U.K. Top Ten. The U.S. was still paying attention; the album reached gold sales there. Nearly three years passed until the release of The Story Goes…, a set for Warner filled with polite, adult-leaning contemporary R&B. It featured a Top Five U.K. single in "All the Way," but the album was not released in the States. The bolder, more upbeat Trust Me, led by the Top Ten, David Bowie-sampling "Hot Stuff (Let’s Dance)" and the Kano collaboration "This Is the Girl," was released in 2007. The following year David's achievements to date were underlined not only by a Greatest Hits compilation but also by an honorary doctorate awarded by Southampton Solent University.

Acknowledging the influence of Motown artists on his work, David issued the covers album Signed, Sealed, Delivered in 2010. Next, following a run of international tour dates and a number of charity initiatives, he began to focus on new material once again in the studio, issuing collaborations with Subliminal Records owner Erick Morillo and the house duo Stereo Palma. In 2013, David spread his wings further by appearing on the judging panel for, as well as performing on, the T.V. show South African Idol. By this time, he had also begun to host exclusive parties at his home in Miami and the DJ sets that he performed on these nights soon developed into TS5, a weekly residency on the Capital Xtra radio station. This period also featured an extensive 2013 world tour as well as sessions for a prospective sixth studio album which continued into the following year. ~ Andy Kellman & MacKenzie Wilson, Rovi
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yemmyemeritu s
What an inspiring song
Am I the only one that realized he just met her and it only took a drink for him to get the goodies? That must've been some drink!
I love this song
korina_darle n e
He's so underrated, I've been a fan ever since I first saw osmosis jones as a child lol still play this album in 2014 <3
Great voice , what could've been. Should've stayed based in the UK longer B4 making move to the US. Very smooth amazing 1st album .
shercutter
I bought his 1 st album love his voice so relaxing
Girl, I thought you'd realized
I'm not like them other guys
'Cause I saw them with my own eyes
You should've been more wise, babe

Well, I don't wanna live a lie
Too many sleepless nights
Not mentioning the fights
I'm sorry to say lady

I'm walking away
From the troubles in my life
I'm walking away
Oh, to find a better day..... dedicated 2 all my xxxxxxxxxx
Seven days is my song:')
kimmy68_98
I still love Craig David here in the US.
Love ❣This album ❥❝
He is my daughters age but I'm the one tht loves him he was my Chris brown a smoother singer easy too fall in love with yea ;/)
Not at all old after all these years!!
Born to do it the best album in the past 13 years . Just my opinion .
Ummmmm....ve r y lovely.
shv.pand
Honestly he just has an amazing voice and he is just fabulous live! If you have a chance to go see him on his 2013 tour you will be impressed :)
Craig David is extremely talented, with a beautiful voice and singing techniques that are incredible! Handsome too, so he's an A+ for me :)
I love Craig David he is so fine
amelia.monte s 9 8 3
Awesome
More americans need to hear this guy
Love him!!
tuto_19_79
Nice
Need more of this! Awesome!
Love Craig David:) when in a bad mood always makes me in a better one!
Love Craig David.... He has a beautiful voice and is very sexy... Love his music as well... ;o)
emeraldstarr 8 7 0
Craig David....It' s been so long since I listened to him. He was my very first crush/love for an artist!
he is so sexy
@shirojersey : I'm proud of you! @Brittany Clark: At the age of 19, *Craig David* has been existing and making music for a very long time since, 2000. ; )
shirojersey
always have and always will love his music
*Craig David* was and still is one of my many favorite music artists! Yes, he is very talented and deserves the recognition! ; )
love him
HUGE FAN!
bydaisy
love him...

how did i never hear of this guy?????
LUV THIS SONG WHAT EVER HAPPENED TO HIM HE IS SO TALENTED
I haven't heard anything from this guy in almost 10 years..
seperate ways sounds too much like Joe's Stutter. I Love Craig David, But He Is Better Than That
nice
cleofabiggir l
like
Dang Your Good!
dlw203
I have been a fan since I first heard fill me in on his first album. I have all of his cds I am truly one of his number one fans in the sense I love his music and lyrics, I really connect with them. Craig keep doing you.
cutie and can sing um i think im a fan already
misslewis604 0 9
Blast from the past...
Craig where are you? Please release some new music!!!!!!! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ASAP
ok the jam
wow!! its been forever that I haven't heard this song. Brings back so many memories
OMG what a throwback. I havent heard this in like 9yrs!!
@nancy rise and fall is a pretty old to be new; lol, but on a lighter note craig david is my all-time favorite r&b singer and always will be :>
dzny01
This is by far one of the most underrated artist of all time. He is talented in lyrics, singing and his onstage persona. It's a pity most still don't know who he is. I checked him out at House of Blues and his show was good. He's great live. Sexy songs and beats, some great ballads. His looks can't hurt either. His albums were great. I only hope the media grows to love him so they can cover him like he should be.
He is my absolute favorite hands down too!! SO talented, versatile, and an amazing voice.
Craig David is my absolute favorite!!!
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