Shaggy

Orville Richard Burrell (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
Shaggy

Shaggy was born on October 22, 1968, in Kingston, Jamaica. In 1987, he took singing lessons 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

1990s

Shaggy 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

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Shaggy started his philanthropy, as a project called Shaggy and Friendz, in 2016, donating over US$1 million, to the Bustamante Children's Hospital in Jamaica. Along with financial assistance to the hospital, he donated hospital equipment and machinery. He also did his first collaboration in the Caribbean called “Can't Let my Love go” which he performed with the Queen of Soca Alison Hinds of Barbados.