Shaggy (musician)

Orville Richard Burrell CD (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 at The Queen's Birthday Party in 2018
Orville Richard Burrell

(1968-10-22) October 22, 1968
Kingston, Jamaica
ResidenceNew York, New York, U.S.
  • Musician
  • singer
  • DJ
  • philanthropist
  • actor
  • record producer
Years active1992–present
Rebecca Packer (m. 2014)
Children2 (including Richard Burrell)
Musical career
Associated acts
Military career
Allegiance United States
Service/branch United States Marine Corps
Years of service1988–1991
Rank Lance Corporal
Unit 10th Marine Regiment
Battles/warsGulf War

In 2007, he was awarded the Jamaican Order of Distinction with the rank of Commander.

Early life

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

Military career

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.[2] Shaggy perfected his signature singing voice while he was in the Marine Corps.[3][4]

Music career


Shaggy, who took his stage name from the character Shaggy, from the TV show Scooby-Doo, 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.[5] 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,[5] the theme tune of a popular Levi's commercial, and sang with Maxi Priest on his Top 20 hit from 1996, "That Girl".[6]


In 2000, Shaggy released the album Hot Shot, which was certified 6x Platinum in the U.S. The album featured the singles "It Wasn't Me" and "Angel", the latter of which was built around two song samples – Merrilee Rush's 1968 hit "Angel of the Morning" (which was remade in 1981 by Juice Newton), and The Steve Miller Band's 1973 hit "The Joker". In 2001 Shaggy performed with Rayvon and Rikrok at Michael Jackson's 30th anniversary the songs "Angel" and "It Wasn't Me" from Hot Shot. The album hit number one on the Billboard 200 and U.K. albums chart.[5] However, his 2002 release Lucky Day, and the 2005 album Clothes Drop, failed to match Hot Shot's success, although Lucky Day still went gold.[5] The albums, however, found success in Europe, especially with heavy airplay for the single "Hey Sexy Lady". Shaggy re-made the Scooby-Doo theme song on the soundtrack titled "Shaggy, Where Are You?". Shaggy also recorded the theme for the 2002 movie Showtime. Shaggy's last top 40 single in the United States was "Angel" from the album Hot Shot. On March 11, 2002 Shaggy and Ali G released "Me Julie" from the soundtrack to the film Ali G Indahouse. The song sold 300,000 copies in the United Kingdom, as stated by the Official Charts Company. It spent 14 weeks on the UK Singles Chart, peaking at number two.

Shaggy was featured on the album True Love by Toots and the Maytals, which won the Grammy Award in 2004 for Best Reggae Album, and showcased many notable musicians including Willie Nelson, Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck, Trey Anastasio, Gwen Stefani / No Doubt, Ben Harper, Bonnie Raitt, Manu Chao, The Roots, Ryan Adams, Keith Richards, Toots Hibbert, Paul Douglas, Jackie Jackson, Ken Boothe, and The Skatalites.[7]

Following the release of Clothes Drop, Shaggy began to increase his number of live performances. In March 2007, he performed the official song of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2007, titled "The Game of Love and Unity", alongside Bajan entertainer Rupee and Trinidadian soca artist Fay-Ann Lyons, at the opening ceremony of the tournament, held at The Greenfield Stadium, Trelawny, Jamaica. Later that year, he left Universal Music and released his latest album, Intoxication under his own label, Big Yard Records, with distribution rights by VP Records. In August 2007, he joined Cyndi Lauper live on stage in Singapore for the Sonnet Music Festival, where they performed "Girls Just Want to Have Fun" together. In October 2007, he was awarded the Jamaican Order of Distinction with the rank of Commander.[8]

In January 2008, he completed a six-date arena tour with Belgian singer Natalia. He later performed with band En Vogue in Antwerp, to a crowd of 78,000 people. Shaggy also collaborated with Arash Derakhshani in the song "Donya" (Arabic & Persian: "دنیا", meaning "The World"). In April 2008, Shaggy was chosen to record the official anthem for the Mascots (Trix and Flix) of the Euro 2008 football tournament held in Austria and Switzerland. The song, "Feel the Rush", topped charts in most of Europe. In June 2008, a live DVD of his concert material was released under the name Shaggy – Live. In July 2008, he appeared on VH1's "I Love the New Millennium", talking about his video "It Wasn't Me". In August 2008, he performed live at the Dar es Salaam festival, to mark the Zain Global Brand launch in Tanzania. The concert was held at the Leaders Club. In December 2008, Intoxication was nominated for Best Reggae Album at the 51st Grammy Awards.

In May 2009, Shaggy performed at the closing ceremony of the 2009 IPL tournament held in South Africa. He also performed at the opening ceremony of the inaugural Champions League Twenty20 in the same month, held in Bangalore, India. In August 2009, he performed live at the Ottawa Reggae Festival in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. Here he revealed plans for a new single, "Fading Away", which featured Kevin Rudolf and Lil Jon. He later cancelled this release in favour of "Fly High", a track featuring Gary Pine, which was released on December 5. Shaggy was also invited to perform at the Festival Creole, a festival held every year from November 28 to December 6 in Mauritius.


In January 2010, "Rise Again", a track featuring Sean Paul, Sean Kingston, Alison Hinds, Shontelle Layne, Edwin Yearwood, Destra Garcia, David Rudder, Kees Dieffenthaller, Tessanne Chin, Etana & Belo, was released to support victims of the 2010 Haiti earthquake which struck on January 12. His collaboration with the Balkan group Sahara (consisting of the Romanian singer Costi Ioniţă and the Bulgarian singer Andrea) and French House DJ Bob Sinclar on a track entitled "I Wanna" was a commercial success, released as a single in March 2010 throughout Europe. Shaggy later performed the track several times during Miami's Winter Music Conference in April 2010. In May 2010 he once again performed before cricket audiences at the ICC T20 World Championships, also providing between play performances.

On July 17, 2010, he performed at the Party FM Meja Jam Concert in Country Fair Entertainment Park, Medford, New York. Later that month, he recorded the song "Target" with Japanese reggae singer lecca, which was released on her album, パワーバタフライ (Power Butterfly). Shaggy also released "For Your Eyez Only", which topped reggae charts across the world. Shaggy recorded the song with fellow Jamaican singer Alaine.

In 2011, Shaggy released the official videos for "For Your Eyez Only", along with the hit singles "Sweet Jamaica", featuring Mr.Vegas and Josie Wales and "Girlz Dem Luv We" featuring Mavado. That same year it was announced that Shaggy would release his first new album in four years. Preceded by the single "Champagne", featuring Sahara, the album was released digitally on January 19, 2011. Titled Shaggy & Friends, the album featured many collaborations, including songs with his long-time collaborators Rikrok and Rayvon. A physical release of the album followed. On July 16, 2011, he launched the album Summer in Kingston which contained his single "Sugarcane".[9] The album was launched at a free party in Kingston, Jamaica, where he released the video for "Sugarcane". The video was premiered globally on MTV.[10] "Sugarcane" went on to become the number 2 best selling reggae song on the Canadian iTunes chart, and number 4 in the United States. Shaggy also collaborated with Apache Indian on the latter's album, Home Run, on a remix of "Chokthere".

On January 7, 2012, Shaggy released a collaborative single with Egyptian star Tamer Hosny, "Smile", with a music video filmed in New York City. In February 2012, he re-released his EP, Summer in Kingston, in the form of the Lava Edition, containing two new tracks, one of which was taken from his upcoming Sly & Robbie & Shaggy project, plus a remix of the track "Dame" featuring Kat Deluna.

On April 5, 2012, Shaggy released the lead single from his eleventh studio album, Rise. The track, "World Citizen", is a collaboration with European folk singer Jahcoustix, and was a hit all over Europe. Shaggy launched his own label, Ranch Entertainment, on June 4, 2012, at a press launch in New York City. He was joined by label mates Rayvon and Red Fox for the launch, which was publicized by Manhattan-based PR firm, Fox Fuse and publicist Rhona Fox. Ranch Entertainment is based in New York and Jamaica.[11]

On August 24, Shaggy released his new single, "Girls Just Wanna Have Fun", featuring American female rapper Eve. The song samples the homonymous 1983 hit song by Cyndi Lauper, written by Robert Hazard in 1979 and recorded and released by Cyndi Lauper in 1983. The video for the song was directed by Ras Kassa and released on YouTube on June 14, 2012.[12]

On September 28, Shaggy released Rise across Europe. The album contains nine of the ten tracks from Summer in Kingston, as well as new tracks "Rise", "Girls Just Wanna Have Fun" (the second single), "Diva", "World Citizen" (the first single) and "Get Back My Baby", as well as his single from three years previously, "Fly High".[13]

Shaggy confirmed in January 2012 that he is working on a new studio album, where all of the tracks will be produced by production duo Sly and Robbie. A taster track from the album, "Make Up", featuring Wayne Wonder was released in July 2012,[14] while one of the tracks, "She Gives Me Love", was released early on the Lava edition of Summer in Kingston. In December 2012, Shaggy confirmed that the album would be released in the summer of 2013. On May 14, 2013, Shaggy released the lead single from the album, entitled "Fight This Feeling", featuring Beres Hammond.[15] Shaggy started the year with his first live presentation in Costa Rica on January 20.[16]

Shaggy is credited for persuading Tessanne Chin to compete in NBC's singing competition The Voice, which she ultimately won.

In 2015, his single "Habibi (I Need Your Love)", featuring Mohombi, Faydee & Costi peaked at 66 on the Billboard Hot 100, as well as charting in several international territories. Shaggy then featured on the track "Black and White", from Kylie Minogue and Fernando Garibay's EP, Kylie + Garibay.[17]

Also in 2015, Shaggy was featured on Farruko's "Sunset" alongside Nicky Jam.

In 2016, he collaborated with French singer Mylène Farmer on "City of Love".

January 2018 saw the release of "Don't Make Me Wait", the first single from a collaboration album with Sting, who invited him to tour along. The album, titled 44/876, was released on April 20, 2018.[18] In March 2018, the single "Why" featuring Massari was released.[19]

In November 2018, Shaggy featured on the title track of Olly Murs' sixth album "You Know I Know". In May 2019, he released the album Wah Gwaan?!.[20]

In August 2019, it was announced that Shaggy, alongside Sean Paul would be headlining the One Love Festival In Queensland slated for February 1, 2020. This is the first time the festival will hold in Australia.[21]

In November 2019, Shaggy played Sebastian in musical television special The Little Mermaid Live! on ABC.


Studio albums

Collaboration albums


Year Title Role Notes
2004 Blast Mace
2018 Game Over, Man! Himself
2019 American Idol Himself
2019 The Little Mermaid Live! Sebastian


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 machinery and hospital equipment. 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

Awards and nominations

Grammy Awards

Year Nominated work Award Result
1996 Boombastic Best Reggae Album Won
2002 "It Wasn't Me" featuring Rikrok Best Pop Collaboration with Vocal Nominated
2006 Clothes Drop Best Reggae Album Nominated
2008 Intoxication Best Reggae Album Nominated
2012 Summer in Kingston Best Reggae Album Nominated
2015 Out of Many, One Music Best Reggae Album Nominated
2019 44/876 Best Reggae Album Won

American Music Awards

Year Nominated work Award Result
2002 Shaggy Favorite Male Pop/Rock Artist Nominated
2002 Shaggy Favorite Rap/Hip-Hop Artist Nominated
2002 Shaggy Internet Fans Award Nominated

Golden Raspberry Awards

Year Nominated work Award Result
1998 my Dream Worst Original Song Nominated


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