Craig David – British singer and songwriter
Craig Ashley David was born on 5 May 1981 in Southampton, Hampshire, England. His mom was a retail assistant while his dad worked as a carpenter. Craig has a mixed heritage. His father is African American. His mom is British. When the artist was 8 years old, his parents divorced. David’s mom brought him up alone. The singer doesn’t like talking about his high school years since he was often a bullying victim. Craig describes the experience in the song “Jonny”, recorded in 2005.
David enjoyed music since childhood. His father was part of the reggae band called Ebony Rockers. With him, teenager often visited nightclubs, where he sometimes got the chance to perform as a back vocalist.
In the late 1990’s, Craig found an opportunity to work with Damage on the song “I’m Ready”, a cover for “Wonderful Tonight”. Later, he got a job as a back vocalist when recording Artful Dodger’s single “Rewind”. The project brought David his first popularity.
While Craig was trying hard to be noticed, the managers of Wildstar Records accidently heard his song “Walking Away”. They were impressed by the artist’s voice and his deep lyrics. The company offered David a contract and he gladly agreed.