Craig David (born 5.5.1981)
Craig David is a British R&B songwriter and singer. He rose to fame when his track 'Rewind' with Artful Dodger hit number two on the UK singles chart.
Craig David: Childhood
Craig David was born and raised in Southampton, England. His mother, Tina Loftus, was a shop assistant and his father, George David, was a carpenter. George also played bass guitar in a local reggae band, Ebony Rockers. Craig's parents separated when he was eight and he was raised by his mother.
Craig David: Musical Career
Craig David's first professional work was with the British R&B group Damage, on a cover of Eric Clapton's 'Wonderful Tonight.' Following this, he began working with Artful Dodger, a garage music act. The track 'Rewind', from their album It's All About the Stragglers, reached number two in 2000 and provided Craig the opportunities to begin a solo career.
Craig David's debut single 'Fill Me In' went straight to number one. He was 19 at the time, making him the youngest solo male to reach the top spot in the UK charts. His next three singles all hit the Top 10 and his first album, Born To Do It sold over seven million albums across the globe. The album's success led to a US release, where 'Fill Me In' reached number 15 on the Billboard Hot 100. The album reached number 11 and 'Seven Days' was a top 10 hit.
Craig's second album Slicker Than Your Average was released in 2002 but was less successful than its predecessor, with all the singles failing to chart in the US. 'Rise & Fall', a duet with Sting received a fair amount of airplay but failed to make a mark on the R&B/Hip-Hop charts. The releases fared better in the UK, with another four top ten hits, including 'What's Your Flava?'
In 2005, Craig David released his third album on Warner Music. The Story Goes. was released around the world, except the US. 'All The Way' was the first single from the album and reached number three in the UK and 'Don't Love You No More (I'm Sorry)' spent 15 weeks in the Top 75.
In 2007, Craig worked with Kano on the track 'This Is the Girl', which went to number 18 in the singles chart. Later that year, Craig released the first single from his new album Trust Me. 'Hot Stuff' was a top 10 hit and the album reached number 18. '6 of 1 Thing', the second release from the album proved to be Craig's lowest charting single to date, at number 39.