Gyptian

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Gyptian
Birth nameWindel Beneto Edwards
Born(1983-10-25) 25 October 1983 (age 28)
OriginKingston, Jamaica
GenresReggae, Roots reggae, Lovers rock, Reggae fusion
OccupationsSinger
Years active2003–present
LabelsReal Lyfe Music Productions
So So Def Recordings
Websitegyptian.com
 
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Gyptian
Birth nameWindel Beneto Edwards
Born(1983-10-25) 25 October 1983 (age 28)
OriginKingston, Jamaica
GenresReggae, Roots reggae, Lovers rock, Reggae fusion
OccupationsSinger
Years active2003–present
LabelsReal Lyfe Music Productions
So So Def Recordings
Websitegyptian.com

Gyptian (born Windel Beneto Edwards on 25 October 1983), is a Jamaican reggae singer. He often appears with roots reggae songs within the reggae subgenre dancehall.

Gyptian best known hits include Hold Yuh, Nah Let Go, Wine Slow, Serious Times, Mama, Beautiful Lady, I Can Feel Your Pain, Love Against The Wall and She's My Lady

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Biography

Born to a Seventh-day Adventist mother and Rastafarian father, Gyptian received his musical calling at the age of seven, when he began singing in the church. Recognizing his talent, his parents introduced him to Mr. Wong, a record producer from Portmore, St. Catherine. "I did not take it seriously," said Gyptian "My family members have always been carrying me to Portmore to see him, but I usually disappear. One day, they dropped me off at his studio and left me and it all began there."[citation needed]

Under the guidance of Mr. Wong and Earl Chinna Smith, Gyptian honed his sound, winning the 2004 Star Search talent competition at Kens Wild Flower Lounge in Portmore, earning him a spot at Sting 2004, dubbed the 'greatest one night reggae show on earth'.

The singer earned his nickname from his habit of tying a shirt around his head and twisting his chin hair like an Egyptian pharaoh.

In 2005 he scored two hits, "Is There A Place" on the Seasons Riddim and "Serious Times".

Nominated for Best New Entertainer at the 2006 International Reggae and World Music Awards, the singer has been dominating the Jamaician charts with hits including "Is There a Place", "Beautiful Lady", and the chart-topping ballad, "Mama, Don't Cry".

His style of reggae music is considered lovers rock and roots reggae, with songs about political issues and love. His musical and lyrical style has been compared to established Jamaican artists, such as Sizzla, Luciano and Beres Hammond.

On 12 September 2004, Gyptian released his first album on VP Records. On 12 December 2007, Gyptian, while in New York, shot the music video, directed by Rhona Fox, for his new single, "I Can Feel Your Pain" (Cloud Nine Riddim) Produced by Jon FX. The song was the first to be confirmed to appear on his album "I Can Feel Your Pain" which was released in 2008.

2010 & Crossover success

As of the end of May 2010, his single "Hold Yuh" had peaked at number 91 on the Billboard Hot 100, number 33 on the Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop Chart, number 6[1] on the Billboard Heatseekers Songs Chart and had been at the top of the Reggae Digital Songs chart for nine consecutive weeks.[2]

In June, the song re-entered the Billboard Hot 100 and eventually reached a new peak of 77 on that chart, number 3 on the Heatseekers Songs chart, 31 on the Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop Chart, 63 on the Radio Songs chart and an astonishing peak of 28 on the Billboard Rhythmic Top 40, capitalizing it crossover success. The song also peaked at number 1 on the Dancehall/Reggae fusion Charts of the Jamaica Weekly Music Charts for two consecutive weeks.[3] In Canada it peaked at #69 on the Canadian Hot 100.[4] The official remix for the song features rapper Nicki Minaj.[5] It spent 29 weeks on the Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop Chart and 15 weeks on the Billboard Hot 100.

Gyptian has been enjoying chart success with his new album, Hold Yuh, which continues to hold the #2 spot on Billboard’s Reggae Albums Chart. The title track, “Hold Yuh,” has become a multi-chart hit worldwide and deemed a “2010 Summer Anthem.” According to Billboard Magazine “not since Wayne Wonder's "No Letting Go," has an underground reggae artist garnered as much attention in the United States as Jamaica's own Gyptian.”

The song also became popular in the UK, and was released there on November 7 by Ministry of Sound Recordings, in an EP which will include remixes by Shy FX, Major Lazer and Toddla T.

Personal life

Gyptian is currently single and is living in Jamaica. On June 8, 2010, he crashed his motorbike and sustained minor head and shoulder injuries.[6]

He is Rastafarian, and this is supported by lyrics in some of his songs, including Leave Us Alone, chants about Selassie I are heard.

Discography

YearAlbum detailsPeak chart positions
US
[7]
US R&B
[7]
US Heat
[7]
US Reggae
[7][8]
2006My Name Is Gyptian13
2008I Can Feel Your Pain4
2010Revelations
  • Released: 8 June 2010
  • Label: Flava Mcgregor Rec
  • Genre: Reggae music
Hold You1863462

Singles

YearTitlePeak chart positionsCertificationsAlbum
BEL
(FL)

[9]
CAN
[7]
US R&B
[7]
UKUS
[7]
2010"Hold You"3169311677Hold You
2011"Nah Let Go"Released February 2011

Featured Singles

- Mr. Vegas (featuring Teairra Mari & Gyptian) - "Pum Pum Shorts"

- Mary J. Blige (featuring Busta Rhymes and Gyptian) - "Anything You Want" (Japanese edition Wal-Mart bonus tracks & Australian edition iTunes Store bonus tracks) of album "My Life II... The Journey Continues (Act 1)"

See also

References

  1. ^ Heatseekers Songs. Billboard.com (2010-06-05). Retrieved on 2010-11-24.
  2. ^ http://www.billboard.com/#/news/usher-s-omg-stands-pat-atop-hot-100-miley-1004094203.story
  3. ^ Reggae Vibes presents Jamaica's Weekly Music Countdown Charts. Reggae-vibes.com (2010-11-19). Retrieved on 2010-11-24.
  4. ^ Canada Singles Top 100 - Music Charts. Acharts.us. Retrieved on 2010-11-24.
  5. ^ Broadcast Yourself. YouTube. Retrieved on 2010-11-24.
  6. ^ Entertainment :: Gyptian in bike crash - Singer sustains cuts, bruises :: June 8, 2010. The Jamaica Star (2010-06-08). Retrieved on 2010-11-24.
  7. ^ a b c d e f g "Billboard Charts > Gyptian". billboard.com. http://www.billboard.com/#/artist/gyptian/chart-history/732321. 
  8. ^ http://www.billboard.com/charts/reggae-albums#/artist/gyptian/chart-history/732321?f=349&g=Singles
  9. ^ Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; no text was provided for refs named BEL; see the help page.

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