Grammy Award-winning artist, Shaggy is among the top three streamed reggae artists of all time on Spotify. The reggae/dancehall icon’s timeless hits include “Boombastic,” “Angel,” and “It Wasn’t Me.”

Born Orville Richard Burrell and raised in Kingston, Jamaica, Shaggy got his start as an MC in New York City’s burgeoning dancehall scene soon after moving to Brooklyn in his teens. Not long after serving four years in the U.S. Marines (including two tours of duty in the Middle East as part of Operation Desert Storm), he inked his first record deal and quickly scored a global crossover smash with “Oh Carolina.”

As the only diamond-selling dancehall artist in music history, Shaggy, managed by the Cherrytree Music Company, has sold more than 40 million album units to date, in addition to landing eight singles on the Billboard Hot 100 and seven albums on the Billboard 200 (including four in the top 40). He is among the top 3 streamed reggae artists of all time on Spotify (along with Bob Marley & Sean Paul).

Following the album, 44/876 (his collaboration with Sting & winner of Best Reggae Album at the 61st Annual Grammy Awards), Shaggy’s projects include his twelfth studio album Wah Gwaan?!, a 2019 release that amassed over four million streams during its first week on Spotify alone and spent a chunk of that year in the Top 10 on Apple’s iTunes Reggae chart. That project was followed by the release of Hot Shot 2020, commemorating the 20th anniversary of his diamond-selling album, which included rerecorded, modernized versions of the biggest hits and most beloved fan favorites across Shaggy’s catalog.

That year also saw the massive success of his viral hit, “Banana” with fellow Jamaican artist, Conkarah which garnered over 2 billion streams and spawned 50+ million Tik Tok videos with over 5 billion video views for the #bananadrop challenge!

Shaggy finished out the year with the release of Christmas in the Islands — a quintessential reggae Christmas themed collection that puts a Caribbean twist on traditional Christmas cheer featuring island-infused holiday songs with guest performances from Beenie Man, Bounty Killer, Junior Reid, Ne-Yo, Romain Virgo, Ritchie Stephens, Conkarah, Joss Stone

& others. The deluxe edition is now available & features 4 newly recorded songs including “Amazing Christmas” featuring up-and-coming singer/songwriter/producer, Hannah Brier and a duet with Sting on a reggae version of the classic, “Silent Night.”

Shaggy’s collaboration — “Go Down Deh” with fellow reggae icon Sean Paul and the Queen of Dancehall, Spice — dominated the global reggae charts upon release. The iconic Jamaican trio performed their smash hit on a trio of National television shows including Good Morning America’s Summer Concert Series (InterviewGo Down Deh Performance & Medley Performance), Jimmy Kimmel Live and The Wendy Williams Show (Interview & Performance). The track, produced by Shaggy, was followed by Spice’s longawaited debut album, TEN, which Shaggy co-wrote and executive produced. The album received a Grammy Award nomination for Best Reggae album.

Currently, Shaggy hosts a new weekly radio show, Shaggy’s Yaad, on SiriusXM FLY. The program features a wide range of contemporary, rare and classic tracks spanning the hip hop, dancehall and reggae genres with insights from Shaggy about the musical history of his Jamaican homeland and its global impact.

Fresh off his Grammy Award nomination for producing and co-writing Spice’s groundbreaking album, Shaggy released a new single, “Mi Nuh Know.” The track interpolates “Wah-Do-Dem,” the infectious tune by fellow Jamaican “singjay” artist, Eek-AMouse and is available on all digital platforms with the correlating music video, directed by Jay Will, also out now.

Not only a multi-award-winning songwriter and hitmaker, Shaggy has also long used his platform to strengthen his community and homeland. In 2009, he established the Shaggy Make a Difference Foundation and organized the first of many, Shaggy & Friends benefit concerts, which to date have raised millions for the Bustamante Children’s Hospital (the Caribbean’s only English-speaking children’s hospital, located in Kingston).

“I always try to bring the fun when I’m performing, and keep everything very lighthearted and joyous,” says Shaggy. “I think my purpose and my job is to bring joy to as many people as I can, and I want that to resonate within all of the music that I create.”


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