|Birth name||Merak Richard Burrell|
|Born||October 22, 1968|
|Origin||Flatbush, Brooklyn, New York City|
Orville Richard Burrell CD (born October 22, 1968, Kingston),[source?] best known by his stage name Shaggy, is a Jamaican reggae fusion singer and deejay. He is best known for his hit singles "Boombastic", "It Wasn't Me", "Hey Sexy Lady", and "Angel".
Early life and education[change | change source]
Burrell was born in Kingston, Jamaica. At the age of 18, he and his family moved to the Flatbush area of Brooklyn, New York. In 1987, he took singing courses in Brooklyn and was discovered a year later, while singing in the streets with friends.
Military career[change | change source]
Shaggy was also in the United States Marine Corps and got the MOS of 0811 (field artillery cannon crewman). Shaggy served with a firing battery from the 10th Marine Regiment during the Gulf War. Shaggy worked on his signature singing voice in the Marine Corps and it is also where he got the idea for his song "Boombastic".
Discography[change | change source]
- Pure Pleasure (1993)
- Original Doberman (1994)
- Boombastic (1995)
- Midnite Lover (1997)
- Hot Shot (2000)
- Lucky Day (2002)
- Clothes Drop (2005)
- Intoxication (2007)
- Shaggy & Friends (2011)
- Summer in Kingston (2011)
- Rise (2012)
- Out of Many, One Music (2013)
- Wah Gwaan?! (2019)
- Hot Shot 2020 (2020)
References[change | change source]
- Williams, Holly. "My Secret Life: Shaggy, pop star, 42". The Independent. Retrieved 21 November 2019.
- Hollomon, Danielle (October 12, 1995). "Scooby Doo, Y'all: A Q&A with Shaggy, pop reggae's self-appointed spearhead". Phoenix News Times. Archived from the original on January 15, 2009. Retrieved October 27, 2015.
- "10 People You Didn't Know Were U.S. Marines". US Naval Institute. Retrieved October 11, 2015.