At 42 years old, Craig David has this physical status:
Craig Ashley David (born 5 May 1981) is an English singer, songwriter, rapper, DJ and record producer who rose to fame in 1999, featuring on the single "Re-Rewind" by Artful Dodger.
David's debut studio album, Born to Do It, was released in 2000, after which he has released a further five studio albums and worked with a variety of artists such as: Tinchy Stryder, Big Narstie, Kano and Jay Sean.
David has 20 UK Top 40 singles, and seven UK Top 40 albums, selling over 15,000,000 records worldwide as a solo artist. David has been nominated for fourteen Brit Awards: five times for Best British Male, and twice receiving a Grammy Award nomination for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance.
David was born in Southampton, Hampshire, the son of Tina (née Loftus), a retail assistant at Superdrug, and George David, a carpenter, and grew up in the Holyrood estate. David's father is Afro-Grenadian and David's mother is Anglo-Jewish and related to the founders of the Accurist watch-making company; David's maternal grandfather was an Orthodox Jew and his maternal grandmother a convert to Judaism. David's parents separated when he was eight and he was brought up by his mother. He attended Bellemoor School and Southampton City College.
David was bullied by other students at school. He wrote and released the song "Johnny" in 2005 about his memories of being bullied.
David's father played bass in a reggae band called Ebony Rockers. As a teen, David began accompanying his father to local dance clubs, where DJs let him take the microphone.
Personal life and activism
David is Jewish.
He is also an avid supporter of Southampton F.C., his hometown football team.
On 24 March 2010 (World Tuberculosis Day), the World Health Organization appointed Craig David as a Goodwill Ambassador against tuberculosis. His first activity in this role was to travel to South Africa to learn more about tuberculosis, where he met people suffering from the disease and those who have recovered, and scientists who have dedicated their lives to fighting tuberculosis. David stated that his mission is to help overcome the social stigma of TB in order to combat the disease.
In January 2021 it was announced that Craig David would appear in an E-Sports series in a campaign with Mclaren and British American Tobacco (BAT) in order to enable them to reach their customers "in new, exciting and engaging ways" to push the nicotine pouch brand VELO. He appears in the series alongside other UK stars including presenter Rory Reid and Fred Sirieix. Craig has also been criticised by Action on Smoking and Health in 2013 for appearing in another Big Tobacco funded appearance in Penang, Malaysia where Japan Tobacco International sponsored a concert.
David's first exposure came as he worked on a B-side on B-side to British firm Damage's "Wonderful Tonight" on the track "I'm Ready." He then started doing vocals for the English garage band Artful Dodger, on tracks such as "Something" and "What Ya Gonna Do."
When David Lester, the artist's then manager, met the label's co-owner Colin Lester and performed some of his songs, he became aware of him. Lester later told HitQuarters that he was captivated by the first song he heard, "Walking Away," describing "that was an absolute standout" — "it was an absolute standout." Any seventeen-year-old who could write a song like this had a lot of promise," I said. On later visiting David's home in Southampton, he discovered it was more than half the real deal, not just some boy acting out of place." Lester's label was sold to him at that time. Lester's response to the song "7 Days" revealed that he had immediately noticed a number-one album and marketed the deal to an album deal the same day.
The song "Rewind (The Crowd Says Bo Selecta)" from Artful Dodger's It's All About the Stragglers debuted in 1999, opening the way for a solo career. "Fill Me In" the first single from David's debut album Born to Do It, released on Colin Lester's and Ian McAndrew's Wildstar Records, became the first of a string of four top ten singles from his debut album Born to Do It, which sold more than 8 million copies worldwide and gained multi-platinum recognition in more than 20 countries. The song "Key to My Heart," which was also included on the award-winning Warner Bros. animated film Osmosis Jones, was also included on the album.
David's debut, which was almost entirely written by David and Mark Hill of Artful Dodger, resulted in the United States' debut of "Fill Me In" in May 2001. On the Billboard Hot 100 chart, it ranked at number 15 on the Billboard Hot 100 list. Born to Do It was first published in the United States on July 17, 2001, peaking at number 11 on the Billboard 200 chart and selling over 1 million copies. The single "7 Days" reached the top 10 in the United States, but "Walking Away," which had risen to number three in the United Kingdom and number five in Australia, fell short of the top 40 in the US and was the last of his singles to chart there.
Born to Do It was voted number 2 on their "Greatest Album of All Time" poll in April 2009, behind Michael Jackson's Thriller.Slicker Than Your Average was released in 2002 as a follow-up to their previous album Slicker Than Average. David's top ten hits in the United Kingdom continued his run of top ten hits until "World Filled with Love" peaked at number 15 in 2003, extending his streak of top ten hits. In the United States, none of the six singles appeared from the album charted.
Although "What's Your Flava?"While "Rise & Fall" (duet with Sting) received airplay on the urban contemporary and soft adult contemporary charts, they did not make the Hot R&B/Hip Songs chart or the Adult Contemporary chart.
However, "What's Your Flava?"the Rhythmic Top 40 chart (number 32), the Top 40 Tracks chart (number 36), and the Top 40 Tracks chart (number 32) were included in the Rhythmic Top 40 charts (number 32). According to the RIAA, Slicker Than Your Average was awarded Gold in the United States.
"On the one hand, it's coming across like I'm arrogant," David said of the album title. On the other hand, it's saying I have a lot more composure on the album.
The album was leaked on the internet ahead of its official release, but David was not too bothered because it "spreads the word."
David later signed to Warner Music and assembled his third album, The Story Goes..., which was released worldwide in August 2005 (except in the United States, where it was never released). He was ranked number one on the first single, "All the Way," which sent him to the top of the charts. "Don't Love You No More (I'm Sorry)" his second single in the charts since "Rewind") spent 15 weeks outside the UK top 75, his longest-running single since "Rewind." "Unbelievable," the album's third single, debuted at number 18 in March 2006.
In 2007, David worked with British rapper Kano on his album "This Is the Girl." The track debuted on the UK charts on August 27th, 2007, and it debuted at number 18 on the UK charts.
"Hot Stuff (Let's Dance), his first single from his album Trust Me, was released on November 5th, 2007. David Bowie's permission to view his 1983 number-one single "Let's Dance" was a hit. The single was a top-ten hit, though the album debuted at number 18 on the UK Albums Chart, although not on the Top ten. "6 of 1 Thing," Trust Me's second single, debuted at number 39 on the UK Singles Chart, becoming his third-lowest-charting single to date.
"Officially Yours" was released on June 23, 2008 and reached number 158 on the UK Singles Chart, becoming his lowest-charting single to date and the final single from Trust Me. As part of Ice Cream Records' campaign, a new song titled "Are You Up for This" debuted on several radio stations in July. Wittyboy's "Nutter Butter" was also included in a mix. David performed at the London Palladium on August 17, 2008, at a birthday tribute concert for singer Don Black. He performed "Ben," the first hit for Michael Jackson.
On September 7, 2008, David performed at Wembley Stadium for Soccer Aid 2008. He won the "Man of the Match" award on the night and spent on the same England team as ex-internationals Alan Shearer, Teddy Sheringham, and David Seaman, as well as Luis Figo and Romário. David received two awards for Best Album with Trust Me and Best R&B Act in 2008. David was honoured for his contributions to the music industry by receiving an honorary degree from Southampton Solent University at a graduation ceremony held at Southampton Guildhall on November 7, 2008.
On the 24th of November, David's first Greatest Hits album was released. David released two singles to market the album in support of its debut. Tinchy Stryder and Rita Ora, a salute to his UK garage days, was digitally published on November 10, 2008. On November 17, 2008, Jim Beanz, a hard bassline beats dance track, was released, and "Insomnia," produced by Timbeach productions, a dance track with hard bassline beats. Toby Gad and Eimear Crombie provided back-up vocals and instrumental stylings. David also started working with guitarist and recording engineer Kwame Yeboah, both live and in the studio.
A new "Insomnia" mix, "Up All Night Mix," was released for digital download on December 29, 2008. David re-recorded "Walking Away" with four different artists around Europe, including Monrose from Germany, Nek from Italy, Lynnsha from France, and lex Ubago from Spain as part of the Greatest Hits collection. According to the UK Albums Chart, the album debuted at number 48. David toured Russia, the Far East, and appeared in one show in Los Angeles as part of a Greatest Hits tour from February to April 2009. At a meet and greet session at Singapore Changi Airport before his performance, he met fans.
Born to Do It was ranked second in a MTV UK poll for the Best Album Ever, which attracted more than 40,000 votes, compared to Michael Jackson's album Thriller. David was playing in the Hillsborough Memorial football match at Anfield on May 14, 2009. David was involved in the Sir Bobby Robson Trophy match at St James' Park on July 26, 2009, alongside boyhood hero Alan Shearer.
Fans of the new album got a first glimpse of the new album on September 18, 2009, with a thirty-second video featuring Stevie Wonder's "Signed, Sealed, Delivered I'm Yours." David revealed on October 2, 2009, on Twitter and his website, that he had signed a new record contract with Universal Motown. David on a track called "Stuck in the Middle" on Jay Sean's latest album All or Nothing, which was released on November 30th, 2009. On Walt Disney's 1967 film "I Wan't Be Like You" on the ITV show Ultimate Movie Toons, David did a bold new cover of "I Wan'ta Be Like You" on the ITV program Ultimate Movie Toons, which aired on March 28, 2010. "One More Lie (Standing in the Shadows), David's fifth studio album, was released in the United Kingdom on March 22, 2010, where it debuted at number 76, and the album debuted on March 29, 2010.
On March 17, 2010, David released Rewind Old Skool Classics, a UK garage compilation album starring some of their favorite UK garage hits from the last ten years.
"All Alone Tonight" was the second single to be released by Signed Sealed Delivered on May 31. The chorus of the single samples "Stop, Look, Listen (To Your Heart)" by the Stylistics hits "Stop, Look, Listen (To Your Heart)," but the single samples have completely new verses. In the weeks leading up to the single's appearance, BBC Radio Two backed it by naming it their 'Record of the Week' and adding it to their 'A-List.' David appeared as a co-host on The Morning Show in Australia on May 20, 2010, alongside Kylie Gillies, but regular male host Larry Emdur was on vacation. On August 27, 2010, Swiss DJ Remady released No Superstar, on which David appears on the track "Do It on My Own" by David. At the 2010 Urban Music Awards, David was nominated for "Best Video" for the album "One More Lie (Standing in the Shadows). Craig David is worth £8 million, according to the 2010 Sunday Times Rich List.
David revealed on Twitter that he has collaborated with record producer Jim Beanz on songs for his latest record. He has also tweeted about working with August Rigo and more recently Fraser T Smith. David reported that he had left Universal Music Group and hopes to debut his new album in America, as well as the United Kingdom. As part of Red Nose Day 2011, David decided to do a desert trek for Comic Relief in February 2011. Several celebrities, including Dermot O'Leary, Olly Murs, and Lorraine Kelly, trekked 100 kilometres across Africa to raise money for preventable blindness.
David appeared on NRJ12's French reality TV show Les Anges 2 in May 2011, where he gave advice to contestants struggling to make a life in Miami. David is a host who appeared on Erick Morillo's latest mix CD Subliminal Invasion, "Fly Away," which was released on August 1, 2011. On October 8, 2011, David performed at the Michael Jackson tribute concert, which was held in Cardiff at the Millennium Stadium.
David and Erick Morillo continued their friendship by releasing "Get Drunk Up" on DJs and radio stations, as well as on YouTube. David Morillo announced that he would appear on a project with Harry Romero and José Nunez starring a remix of the song. He appeared on the Blackout Mode dance track "Freak on the Dancefloor" in December, which appeared on the compilation album R&B Collection 2012.
When not recording his own album, David appeared on a number of tracks, including "Our Love" by Stereo Palma and a "Addicted" joint venture with Mohombi and DJ Asaad.
It was revealed in July 2012 that David was writing with Backstreet Boys on their 20th-anniversary album, the follow-up to their 2009 album "This Is Us" and the first thing they announced since Kevin Richardson's ouster from the band in 2005.
David announced on Twitter in January 2013 that he had signed a publishing contract with Universal Music Publishing Group (UMPG). David's publishing house, formerly known as Bootyman Music Publishing, merged with JEM Music as a result of the merger.
David began his world tour in March 2013 with three shows around Australia, followed by four in Europe (France, Belgium, Germany, and The Netherlands), and finally finishing in May with four shows in England (Birmingham, Manchester, Southampton, and London). Capital FM announced in September 2013 that David's DJ show 'TS5' would perform in Capital Xtra from 10:00 p.m. every Friday evening.
On his official SoundCloud page, David teased a teaser track named "Cold" on his official SoundCloud page on July 2, 2014. He wanted to preview some of the new music he's been working on for the long-awaited sixth studio album on his TS5 radio show the week before. In September 2014, a new teaser track titled "Seduction" was added to the same SoundCloud page.
David appeared on BBC Radio 1's Live Lounge with Sigala on Friday, September 5, 2015, where they covered Wiz Khalifa and Charlie Puth's "See You Again" mixed with Little Mix's "Black Magic." David appeared on Kurupt FM's 'Sixty Minute Takeover' on BBC Radio 1Xtra with MistaJam this week. It became a viral internet hit for him as he performed "Fill Me In" over the track "Where Are Ü Now." Two snippets of potential new album tracks were also performed on the night, and David's appearance on the "Where Are Ü Now" remix at Fabric, alongside Kurupt FM and Alexandra Palace with Major Lazer and Diplo.
The Radio 1Xtra show brought David and Big Narstie, who also appeared on the programme and the album "When the Bassline Drops" was released on MistaJam's BBC Radio 1Xtra and BBC Radio 1Xtra on Friday, and it was later revealed that the track will be released under SpeakerBox/JEM on November 27, 2015. On December 13, 2015, David made a surprise appearance on The X Factor, where he performed his breakthrough single "Rewind" during a medley with Reggie 'n' Bollie and Fuse ODG. "When the Bassline Drops" debuted on number 50 in the United Kingdom and peaked at number ten on February 5, 2016, becoming David's highest-charting single since 2007.
Craig David had signed a recording deal with Insanity Records (a joint venture between Sony Music UK and Insanity Management), as well as independent company Speakerbox Media, which was announced on January 25, 2016.
On the second day of the Ultra Music Festival 2016, Dutch DJ and record producer Hardwell performed their new song "No Holding Back," which was released on August 19.
David appeared on Kaytranada's album 91.9 percent on the track "Got It Good," which he also co-wrote. This song appeared on his sixth studio album. Craig revealed on social media on August 19th that his sixth studio album, Following My Intuition, will be published on September 30th, 2016. Born to Do It, David's first number one album since his debut, Born to Do It, debuted at number one on the UK Albums Chart, gaining its first top-one position since his debut, Born to Do It, reached the top spot in 2000.
On September 15, David revealed the debut of The Time Is Now, the seventh studio album, which was announced in January 2018, as well as the single "Heartline."
David's second single from The Time Is Now, "I Know You," starring Bastille appeared on November 23rd. David and Dan Smith of Bastille performed the song live on Sounds Like Friday Night a day later. The single reached number five in 2018, making it David's highest charting single since 2005's "Don't Love You No More (I'm Sorry)"?
The Time Is Now appeared on the UK Albums Chart at number two, but it was kept off the top spot by The Greatest Showman: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack.
David's upcoming eighth album "When You Know What Love Is" dropped on May 31st. David made a cameo appearance in Love Island in July, performing the song as a DJ at a Ministry of Sound pool party.
On August 23, 2019, his new UK garage hit "Do You Miss Me Much" was released.
David performed on BBC One's New Year Live concert at Westminster Central Hall on December 31, 2019, with his full band and TS5 DJ set.
David went solo on KSI's All Over the Place album in order to debut his latest album as a solo artist.
He appeared on "Summertime," a single from People Just Do Nothing's Kurupt FM, which appeared on their album The Greatest Hits (Part 1) in May 2021. He scored "Who You Are," a Top 40 single with MNEK that was produced by Digital Farm Animals and released by Moor in collaboration with BMG in October.
David is one of the judges on the new talent show Walk the Line at the end of the year. David joined Gary Barlow, Dawn French, and Alesha Dixon on the judging panel on December 12, 2021, debuting on ITV.
He appeared on "Live in the Moment" and "Fill Me In" with Coldplay at Wembley Stadium in August 2022.
David released his eighth studio album, 22, on September 30, 2022, through his own TS5 label and Moor Records under exclusive license to BMG. "Who You Are" (featuring MNEK), "My Heart's Been Waiting for You"), "G Love" (featuring Nippa) and "DNA" preceded the album, according to the singers. "Who You Are (Part 2)," "Who You Are" (Stripped), and "DNA (Part 2)" were also released as additional promotional singles.
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