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Grammy-winning artist Shaggy hopes his upcoming album “Christmas in the Islands” will bring joy to people despite the impact of the coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19) on the world.
With artists such as Neo-Yo, Ding Dong and Joss Stone, he told the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) that it was “more of a dancing Christmas album than one with Christmas carols”.
“It puts you in a mood, a roller coaster ride of the vacation feeling,” said Shaggy. “Well, there are parties, there are some classics – I’ll be home for Christmas, reggae style.”
Shaggy, whose real name is Orville Richard Burrell, is known for a number of hits including “It Wasn’t Me”, “Boombastic” and “Oh Carolina”.
In June 2019, the Washington, DC-based Institute for Caribbean Studies (ICS) accepted the Jamaican musician, singer, DJ and actor into its “Wall of Fame”.
ICS said Shaggy had hits with “Oh Carolina,” “Boombastic,” “In The Summertime,” “It Wasn’t Me,” and “Angel.”
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Shaggy joined the United States Marine Corps in 1988 and earned the military professional title (MOS) of 0811 (Field Artillery Cannon Crewman).
ICS said he served with a field artillery battery in the 10th Marine Regiment during the Persian Gulf War.
“The highest rank he achieved was private, although his rank was reduced twice,” said ICS. “Shaggy perfected his signature singing voice when he was in the Marine Corps.”
ICS said Shaggy, who got his stage name from the character Shaggy on the TV show Scooby-Doo.
It is said that Shaggy decided to pursue his music career with his first hit in 1993, “Oh Carolina” – a dancehall remake of a Folkes Brothers ska hit that appeared in the movie “Sliver”.
That same year, Shaggy appeared on Kenny Dope’s hip-hop album The Unreleased Project, ICS said.
Shaggy worked with producers such as Sting International, Don One, Lloyd “Spiderman” Campbell, Robert Livingston and Frankie Cutlass on a remix of his maxi single “Nice and Lovely”.
ICS said Shaggy had “other big hits including ‘Boombastic’ in 1995, the theme song for a popular Levi’s commercial”.
Shaggy also sang with Maxi Priest on his 1996 top 20 hit, “That Girl”.
In May 2009, ICS said that Shaggy performed at the closing ceremony of the 2009 IPL tournament.
He also performed at the opening ceremony of the first Champions League Twenty20 that month in Bangalore, India.
In August 2009, he performed at the Ottawa Reggae Festival in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, ICS announced.
“Here he revealed plans for a new single ‘Fading Away’ with Kevin Rudolf and Lil Jon,” said ICS.
He later canceled that release in favor of “Fly High,” a track starring Gary Pine that was released on December 5th, ICS said.
Shaggy has also been invited to perform at Festival Creole, a festival held in Mauritius from November 28th to December 6th each year.
In November 2018 Shaggy was on the title track of Olly Mur’s sixth album “You Know I Know”.
In May 2019, he released the album “Wah Gwaan?” ICS said.