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Craig David

Craig David by Jonathan Andel, 2009
Background information
Birth name Craig Ashley David
Born 5 May 1981 (1981-05-05) (age 28)
Southampton, Hampshire, England, United Kingdom
Genres R&B, UK garage, hip hop, dance
Occupations Singer-songwriter, MC, Actor
Years active 1999 — present
Labels Universal (2009-Present)
Warner / Atlantic (1999-2009)
Sire (1999-2009)

Craig Ashley David (born 5 May 1981) is an English R&B singer-songwriter and actor. He has released four studio albums: Born To Do It, Slicker Than Your Average, The Story Goes..., Trust Me, a Greatest Hits album and the fifth studio offering Signed Sealed Delivered is due in March 2010. David has sold over 13 million albums worldwide.[1]


Early life

Craig David was born in Southampton, the son of a half-Jewish white mother and a Grenadian father.[2] His father George was a carpenter and also 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.


David's earliest exposure came when he worked on a b-side to British group Damage's cover of "Wonderful Tonight". He then started doing vocals for a few tracks with garage act Artful Dodger. The song "Re-Rewind", from the Artful Dodger album It's All About the Stragglers, hit Number 2 on the UK charts in 1999; thus, paving the way for a solo career. David's first single, "Fill Me In", released on Colin Lester's and Ian McAndrew's Wildstar Records made him the youngest solo male artist ever to reach Number 1 in the UK (he was 19 years old at the time). This was the first of a string of four Top 10 singles from his debut album Born To Do It, which eventually sold more than seven million units worldwide, earning multi-platinum status in more than 20 countries.[3][4] The song "Key To My Heart", taken from the US version of the album, was also featured on the award-winning Warner Brothers animated film Osmosis Jones.

2000–2001: Born to Do It

The success of David's debut, which was written almost entirely by David and Mark Hill of Artful Dodger, led to the United States release of "Fill Me In" in May 2001. It reached Number 15 on the Billboard Hot 100. Born to Do It was released in the United States on 17 July 2001, peaking at Number 11 on the Billboard 200 and sold over one million copies. The single "7 Days" hit the Top 10 in the U.S.; although "Walking Away", which had reached Number 3 in the UK and Number 5 in Australia, missed the Top 40 in the U.S. and was the last of his singles to chart there.

In April 2009, MTV viewers voted Born To Do It as Number 2 on their "Greatest Album of All-Time" poll.[5]

2002–2003: Slicker Than Your Average

The follow-up album, Slicker Than Your Average, was released in 2002 and fared considerably less well than David's debut. The albums' first four singles continued his streak of Top 10 hits in the UK, bringing a total of nine consecutive Top 10 hits until "World Filled with Love" peaked at Number 15 in 2003. None of the six singles released from the album charted in the U.S.. Although "What's Your Flava?" and "Rise & Fall" (duet with Sting) received airplay on the Urban contemporary and Soft AC formats, they did not make the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles Tracks chart or the Adult Contemporary chart. However, "What's Your Flava?" made the Rhythmic Top 40 (Number 32), Top 40 Mainstream (Number 24) and the Top 40 Tracks (Number 37). According to the RIAA Slicker Than Your Average reached Gold Status in the USA.

2005–2006: The Story Goes...

David later signed on with Warner Music and put together his third album, The Story Goes..., which was released worldwide in August 2005 (excluding the U.S. where it was never released). The first single, "All The Way", returned him to the Top 3. The second single, "Don't Love You No More (I'm Sorry)", tied with "7 Days" as his longest running single in the charts since "Re-Rewind", spending 15 weeks inside the UK Top 75. The album's third single, "Unbelievable", debuted at Number 18 in March 2006.

2007–2008: Trust Me

In 2007, David collaborated with UK rapper Kano on his upcoming album London Town, for the single "This is the Girl". The track was released on 27 August 2007 and debuted at Number 18 on the UK charts.

The first single "Hot Stuff" from his album Trust Me, was released on 5 November 2007 . The single was a top ten hit, whilst the album charted at Number 18 on the UK Albums Chart. "6 of 1 Thing", the second single to be taken from Trust Me, charted at number 39 on the UK Singles Chart, becoming his third-lowest charting single to date.

"Officially Yours" was released on 23 June 2008 and peaked at Number 158 on the UK Singles Chart, becoming his lowest-charting single to date and was the final single from Trust Me.

In July, a new track titled "Are You Up For This" started receiving airplay on various radio stations as part of a promo with Ice Cream Records, which also featured a remix with Witty Boy.

On 17 August, David performed at a birthday tribute concert for songwriter Don Black at the London Palladium. He performed the song "Ben", originally a hit for Michael Jackson.

David took part in Soccer Aid 2008 at Wembley Stadium on 7 September 2008. He picked up the "Man of The Match" award on the night and played in the same England side as ex-internationals such as Alan Shearer, Teddy Sheringham and David Seaman, and played against the likes of Romário, Paolo Di Canio, Jaap Stam, and Luís Figo.

David received two 2008 UK Urban Music Award nominations for Best Album with Trust Me and Best R&B Act.[6]

On 7 November, David was recognised for his contribution to the music industry by receiving an honorary degree of Doctor of Music, from Southampton Solent University at a graduation ceremony held at Southampton Guildhall.

On 29 December, a new mix of "Insomnia", titled "Up All Night Mix", was made available for digital download.

2008–2009: Greatest Hits

David released his first Greatest Hits album on 24 November 2008. In support of the release, David released two singles to promote the album. "Where's Your Love" featuring Tinchy Stryder and Rita Ora, a homage to his UK garage days, was digitally released on 10 November 2008. The second single, "Insomnia", produced by Jim Beanz from Timbaland productions, a dance track with hard bassline beats, was released the following week on 17 November 2008.

As part of the "Greatest Hits" compilation, David re-recorded "Walking Away" with four different artists across Europe, Monrose from Germany, Nek from Italy, Lynnsha from France and Alex Ubago from Spain.

The album debuted at Number 48 on the UK Albums Chart.

From February to April 2009, David toured Russia, the Far East and performed one show in Los Angeles as part of a Greatest Hits tour. He met fans at a meet and greet session at Singapore Changi Airport before his show[7].

In April 2009, Born to Do It came second in a poll by MTV for the Greatest Album ever, which received over 40,000 votes, beaten by Michael Jackson’s album 'Thriller'.[8].

On 14 May 2009, David participated in the Hillsborough Memorial football match at Anfield.

On 26 July 2009, David participated in the Sir Bobby Robson Trophy match at St. James' Park, playing alongside boyhood hero Alan Shearer.

2009–2010: New label and Signed Sealed Delivered

Friday 18 September 2009 saw an exclusive demo posted on his official website, a thirty second snippet covering Stevie Wonder's "Signed, Sealed, Delivered, I'm Yours", said to be from Craig David's forthcoming album.

On 2 October, David revealed to his fans via Twitter and his website that he had signed a new record deal with Universal.[9]

The UK edition of Jay Sean's new album All or Nothing which was released on 30 November 2009 features Craig on a track entitled "Stuck in the Middle".

The first single from Craig's fifth studio album Signed Sealed Delivered is "One More Lie (Standing in the Shadows)". It will be released in the UK on 22 March 2010,[10] with the album following one week later on 29 March 2010.

The Signed Sealed Delivered album finds Craig largely covering and sampling soul hits from the Motown era while giving them his own modern twist. Songs covered include Marvin Gaye's I Heard It Through The Grapevine; The Temptations' Papa Was A Rollin' Stone; and Stevie Wonder's For Once In My Life.[11]


Studio albums
Compilation albums

Awards and nominations

  • BET Awards
    • 2002: Best R&B Male Artist (Nominated)
    • 2002: Best New Artist (Nominated)
  • BRIT Awards
    • 2006: Best British Urban Act (Nominated)
    • 2003: Best British Urban Act (Nominated)
    • 2003: Best British Male Solo Artist (Nominated)
    • 2002: Best British Album: Born to Do It (Nominated)
    • 2002: Best British Dance Act (Nominated)
    • 2002: Best British Male Solo Artist (Nominated)
    • 2001: Best British Album: Born to Do It (Nominated)
    • 2001: Best British Dance Act (Nominated)
    • 2001: Best British Male Solo Artist (Nominated)
    • 2001: Best British Newcomer (Nominated)
    • 2001: Best British Single: "7 Days" (Nominated)
    • 2001: Best British Video: "7 Days" (Nominated)
  • Grammy Awards
    • 2003: Best Male Pop Vocal Performance: "7 Days" (Nominated)
    • 2002: Best Male Pop Vocal Performance: "Fill Me In" (Nominated)
  • Ivor Novello Awards
    • 2001: Best Contemporary Song: "7 Days"
    • 2001: Best Dance Single Award: "Woman Trouble", shared with Robbie Craig and Artful Dodger
    • 2001: Songwriter Of The Year, shared with Mark Hill
  • MOBO Awards
    • 2001: Best UK Act
    • 2001: Best R&B Act (Nominated)
    • 2001: Best Album: Born to Do It (Nominated)
    • 2000: Best R&B Act
    • 2000: Best UK Newcomer
    • 2000: Best UK Single of the Year: "Fill Me In"
    • 2000: Best Video: "7 Days" (Nominated)
    • 2000: Best UK Single of the Year: "Woman Trouble" (Nominated), shared with Robbie Craig and Artful Dodger
  • MTV Europe Awards
    • 2001: Best Male (Nominated)
    • 2001: Best New Act (Nominated)
    • 2001: Best R&B Act
    • 2001: Best UK & Ireland Act
  • MTV Video Music Awards
    • 2002: Best Male Video: "Walking Away" (Nominated)
    • 2001: MTV2 Award: "Fill Me In" (Nominated)


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Up to date as of January 14, 2010

From Wikiquote

Craig David (born 5 May 1981) is a British R&B singer.



  • I met this girl on Monday
    Took her for a drink on Tuesday
    We were making love by Wednesday
    And on Thursday and Friday and Saturday
    We chilled on Sunday.
    • Song 7 Days
  • I was checking this girl next door
    When her parents went out
    She phoned said hey boy, come on right around
    So I knock at the door
    You was standing with a bottle of red wine
    Ready to pour
    Dressed in long black Satin and Lace to the floor
    • Song Fill me in
  • i like the way you move your body
    girl i must admit
    you're looking real fit
    let's chill for a little bit
    i know you wanna get with me
    girl you know i'm not free
    • Song Can't Be Messing 'Round

Jewish Chronicle interview 1 February 2008

  • I go down to Blooms for kosher food. I can go anywhere. People don’t notice you if you go about your business. It’s only if you make a big scene.
  • If you play the tabloid game you get burned. I’d rather say nothing at all and let things roll. You just have to ride those things out.


  • David, who recently returned to his roots when he bought a house in Hampstead — bang in the middle of the North-West London Jewish heartland — could not be more Jewish if he hung a Star Of David round his neck and spent Friday nights saying kiddush.

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