is a Jamaican Reggae music singer, songwriter and record producer. He gained worldwide acclaim as a member of the Dancehall / Reggae quartet T.O.K., landing five spots on the Billboard Hot 100 during their close to two decade-long run as one of Jamaica’s premier acts. Their breakthrough hit “Eagles Cry” produced by the legendary Dave Kelly, soared to #1 in Jamaica in 1999 and made them a force to be reckoned with in the Jamaican music scene. This was the turning point in Craigy T’s career. The group had a string of hit singles including “Guardian Angel,” “Footprints” and “Gal You A Lead.” The momentum of these recordings opened the doors for the group to start touring Europe and the Caribbean before moving on to Africa, the U.S. and Japan, where they scored platinum and certified gold selling albums.
Real Name: Craig Patrick Anthony Thompson
How Old : Age: 42 years old
Place of Birth: Kingston, Jamaica
Zodiac Sign: N/A
After a long and prosperous run, in 2016 the members of the group decided to take on solo careers and have stopped recording as a group. Craigy T has taken this opportunity to focus on his own solo projects and launched his own GafJam imprint.
Thus far, he has seen a successful solo journey with his current singles ‘No Space,’ ‘Alive,’ ‘Gonna Be Alright’ & ‘Pull It Up’ gaining rotation in the United Kingdom and the United States on major stations like Hot 97, Power 105, Hot 93.7, B87, 99 JAMZ, BBC 1xtra and many more.
With his new image, style and material, Craigy T promises to continue to satisfy T.O.K. and Reggae music fans around the globe as he continues to produce, perform, and release new music on his own GafJam and other labels.
Craigy T is set to release a new album titled 1, set to drop on November 29 and will be released on Therapist Music and Craigy T’s own label Gafjam. The first single is entitled Issa Jamaican Ting, according to Craigy T, is the perfect introductory single to his new work.
“This project is something I did with DJ Buddha, a producer out of Orlando. We were talking and we realised that there was a void in the market for that authentic reggae-roots sound, so we decided that we were going to fill it. The album title 1 represents new beginnings, new, frontiers, rebirth, origin and all of those things. Mostly produced by DJ Buddha, but there are also tracks produced by me. there is also work by Notis and there is a track that we did in collaboration with Sly Dunbar,” he told the Jamaica Observer.
Blessed with a strong tenor voice, Craigy T has created a hybrid of both singing and deejaying for this project.
“The flavour is very different. This is where I find my comfort zone…so it’s a kind of mixture of singing and deejaying — it’s hard to explain. It’s deejaying, but deejaying with a lot of melody, and it is smoother than you would normally expect from me; but there are a couple tracks that are almost ballads. I expect that my audience will walk away feeling refreshed, like this is a sound that they have not heard in a while. it’s an old-time sound with a fresh spin, so I hope they will get that feeling and vibe. It’s something that is coming from me and the depths of my soul, so I want them to feel more connected to me as an artiste,” he said.
Among the tracks which will appear on the album is a remake of the Black Uhuru classic, Plastic Smile.