Name: Craid David
Birthday: May 5, 1981
Fav Dish: Cheesesteak
Craig Ashley David born 5 May 1981 is an English singer, songwriter, MC, rapper 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, Kano, Jay Sean, Rita Ora and Sting. David has 17 UK top 40 singles, and five UK top 20 albums, selling over 13.5 million records worldwide as a solo artist.
The song “Re-Rewind (The Crowd Say Bo Selecta)”, from the Artful Dodger album It’s All About the Stragglers, hit number two 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, topped the UK chart and was the first of a string of four Top 10 singles from his debut album Born to Do It, which eventually sold more than 8 million copies worldwide, earning multi-platinum status in more than 20 countries.
The song “Key To My Heart”, taken from the US version of the album, was also featured on the award-winning Warner Bros. animated film Osmosis Jones.
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 20 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 1 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, behind Michael Jackson’s Thriller.
The follow-up album, Slicker Than Your Average, was released in 2002. The album’s first four singles continued David’s 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 and 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 U.S..
David also commented that the album title could be looked at in two different ways: “On the one hand, it’s coming across like I’m arrogant. On the other hand, it’s saying I have a lot more composure on the album.” ”
The album was leaked onto the internet prior to its official release but David was not too bothered as he feels it “spreads the word”.
On Friday 18 September 2009 fans got the first taste of the new album with an exclusive demo posted on his official website, a thirty-second snippet covering Stevie Wonder’s “Signed, Sealed, Delivered I’m Yours”. On 2 October, David revealed to his fans via Twitter and his website that he had signed a new record deal with Universal.
The UK edition of Jay Sean’s new album All or Nothing which was released on 30 November 2009 features David on a track entitled “Stuck in the Middle”. David performed a bold new cover of “I Wan’na Be Like You (The Monkey Song)” from Walt Disney’s 1967 film The Jungle Book on the ITV programme Ultimate Movie Toons, broadcast 28 March 2010. The first single from David’s fifth studio album Signed Sealed Delivered was “One More Lie (Standing in the Shadows)” and it was released in the UK on 22 March 2010 where it made No.76 with the album following one week later on 29 March 2010, which entered the UK chart at number 13.
On 17 March 2010 David released a Garage compilation album titled Rewind Old Skool Classics mixed with DJ Spoony featuring some of their favourite UK Garage hits from the last ten years.
Two weeks later on 31 May 2010, the second single to be taken from Signed Sealed Delivered, titled “All Alone Tonight (Stop, Look, Listen)” will be released. The chorus of the single samples The Stylistics’ hit “Stop, Look, Listen (To Your Heart)” but features completely new verses.
In the weeks leading up to the release BBC Radio Two have backed the single by naming it their ‘Record of the Week’ and adding it to their ‘A-List’. On 20 May 2010 David appeared as a co-host on The Morning Show in Australia alongside Kylie Gillies, whilst regular male presenter Larry Emdur was on holiday. On 27 August 2010 Swiss DJ Remady is releasing an album titled “No Superstar” on which David features on the House/Dance track “Do It On My Own”. David was nominated for ‘Best Video’ at the 2010 Urban Music Awards for the song “One More Lie (Standing in the Shadows)”. The 2010 Sunday Times Rich List indicated that Craig David is worth £8 million.
On 2 July 2014 David previewed a teaser track titled “Cold” on his official SoundCloud page. Premiering it on his TS5 radio show the week before, he wanted to preview some of the new music he has been working on in anticipation of his long-awaited sixth studio album, which is yet to be officially titled or have a release date announced. A further teaser track titled “Seduction” was uploaded to the same SoundCloud page in September 2014.
On 5 September 2015, David featured on BBC Radio 1’s Live Lounge with Sigala where they covered Wiz Khalifa and Charlie Puth’s “See You Again” mixed with the Little Mix track “Black Magic”. The following week, on 10 September 2015, David appeared on Kurupt FM’s ‘Sixty Minute Takeover’ on BBC Radio 1Xtra with MistaJam. He performed “Fill Me In” over the track “Where Are Ü Now” and it became a viral internet hit.
Two snippets of potential new album tracks were also played on the night and this 1Xtra appearance led to David making surpise performances of the “Fill Me In”/”Where Are Ü Now” remix at Fabric with Kurupt FM and Alexandra Palace with Major Lazer and Diplo.
It was later revealed that the Radio 1Xtra appearance led to a collaboration between David and Big Narstie who also featured on the show and the track they recorded titled “When the Bassline Drops” was played on MistaJam’s BBC Radio 1 & BBC Radio 1Xtra show on 7 November 2015, it was later revealed the track is to be released under SpeakerBox/JEM on 27 November 2015.
David made a surprise appearance on The X Factor on 13 December 2015, where he performed his breakthrough single “Re-Rewind” during a medley with Reggie ‘n’ Bollie and Fuse ODG. “When the Bassline Drops” debuted at number 50 in the UK and peaked at number 10 on 5 February 2016, becoming David’s highest charting single since 2007.
On 25 January 2016 it was announced that Craig David had signed a recording contract with Insanity Records (a joint venture between Sony Music UK and Insanity Management) and independent company Speakerbox Media. David is expected to release the new album Following My Intuition in 2016.
On 19 March 2016, at the 2nd day of the Ultra Music Festival 2016, during the set of the Dutch DJ and producer Hardwell, he appeared for present their new track “No Holding Back”.
In 2016, David appeared on Kaytranada’s album 99.9%, on the track “Got It Good”, which he also co-wrote.