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Orville Richard Burrell CD (born October 22, 1968), better known by his stage name Shaggy, is a Jamaican reggae musician, singer, DJ, and actor who scored hits with the songs “It Wasn’t Me“, “Boombastic“, “In The Summertime“, “Oh Carolina“, and “Angel“. He has been nominated for seven Grammy Awards, winning twice for Best Reggae Album with Boombastic in 1996 and 44/876 with Sting in 2019, and has won the Brit Award for International Male Solo Artist in 2002.
Shaggy was born on October 22, 1968, in Kingston, Jamaica. In 1987, he took singing courses and was discovered a year later while singing in the streets with friends. His son Richard O’Neil Burrell is a rapper known as Robb Banks. Shaggy enlisted in the United States Marine Corps in 1988 and obtained the MOS of 0811 (Field Artillery Cannon Crewman). He served with a Field Artillery Battery in the 10th Marine Regiment during the Persian Gulf War. The highest rank he achieved was lance corporal, although he was reduced in rank twice. Shaggy perfected his signature singing voice while he was in the Marine Corps. Shaggy, who took his stage name from the character Shaggy, from the TV show Scooby-Doo, decided to pursue his music career and his first hit in 1993, “Oh Carolina“, was a dancehall re-make of a ska hit by the Folkes Brothers, which appeared in the film Sliver. The same year, Shaggy appeared on Kenny Dope‘s hip hop album The Unreleased Project. He worked together with producers such as Sting International, Don One, Lloyd ‘Spiderman’ Campbell, Robert Livingston and Frankie Cutlass on a remix from his Maxi-Single title “Nice and Lovely”. He had further big hits, including “Boombastic” in 1995, the theme tune of a popular Levi’s commercial, and sang with Maxi Priest on his Top 20 hit from 1996, “That Girl“. In 2000, Shaggy released the album Hot Shot, which was certified 6x Platinum in the U.S. The album featured the singles “It Wasn’t Me” and “Angel“, the latter of which was built around two song samples – Merrilee Rush‘s 1968 hit “Angel of the Morning” (which was remade in 1981 by Juice Newton), and The Steve Miller Band‘s 1973 hit “The Joker“. In 2001 Shaggy performed with Rayvon and Rikrok at Michael Jackson’s 30th anniversary the songs “Angel” and “It Wasn’t Me” from Hot Shot. The album hit number one on the Billboard 200 and U.K. albums chart. However, his 2002 release Lucky Day, and the 2005 album Clothes Drop, failed to match Hot Shot’s success, although Lucky Day still went gold. The albums, however, found success in Europe, especially with heavy airplay for the single “Hey Sexy Lady“. Shaggy re-made the Scooby-Doo theme song on the soundtrack titled “Shaggy, Where Are You?”. Shaggy also recorded the theme for the 2002 movie Showtime. Shaggy’s last top 40 single in the United States was “Angel” from the album Hot Shot. On March 11, 2002 Shaggy and Ali G released “Me Julie” from the soundtrack to the film Ali G Indahouse. The song sold 300,000 copies in the United Kingdom, as stated by the Official Charts Company. It spent 14 weeks on the UK Singles Chart, peaking at number two. He continues to record and perform to this day and does many charitable works in his home land.
January 2018 saw the release of “Don’t Make Me Wait”, the first single from a collaboration album with Sting, who invited him to tour along. The album, titled 44/876, was released on April 20, 2018. In March 2018, the single “Why” featuring Massari was released.
In August 2019, it was announced that Shaggy, alongside Sean Paul would be headlining the One Love Festival In Queensland slated for February 1, 2020. This is the first time the festival will hold in Australia.