Craig David

Craig David (born 5 May 1981) is an English singer, songwriter and rapper and record producer who rose to fame in 1999, featuring on the single “Re-Rewind” by Artful Dodger. David’s debut studio album, Born to Do It, was released in 2000, after which he has released a further five studio albums and worked with a variety of artists such as: Tinchy Stryder, Kano, and Jay Sean. David has 20 UK Top 40 singles, and seven UK Top 40 albums, selling over 15,000,000 records worldwide as a solo artist.

David has been nominated for thirteen Brit Awards: four times for Best British Male, and twice received a Grammy Award nomination for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance.

On 2 July 2014, David previewed a teaser track titled “Cold” on his official SoundCloud page. Premiering it on his TS5 radio show the week before, he wanted to preview some of the new music he has been working on in anticipation of his long-awaited sixth studio album. A further teaser track titled “Seduction” was uploaded to the same SoundCloud page in September 2014.

On 5 September 2015, David featured on BBC Radio 1’s Live Lounge with Sigala where they covered Wiz Khalifa and Charlie Puth’s “See You Again” mixed with the Little Mix track “Black Magic”.[35] The following week, on 10 September 2015, David appeared on Kurupt FM’s ‘Sixty Minute Takeover’ on BBC Radio 1Xtra with MistaJam. He performed “Fill Me In” over the track “Where Are Ü Now” and it became a viral internet hit. Two snippets of potential new album tracks were also played on the night and this 1Xtra appearance led to David making surprise performances of the “Fill Me In” / “Where Are Ü Now” remix at Fabric with Kurupt FM and Alexandra Palace with Major Lazer and Diplo.

It was later revealed that the Radio 1Xtra appearance led to a collaboration between David and Big Narstie who also featured on the show and the track they recorded titled “When the Bassline Drops” was played on MistaJam’s BBC Radio 1 and BBC Radio 1Xtra show on 7 November 2015, it was later revealed the track is to be released under SpeakerBox/JEM on 27 November 2015.[37] David made a surprise appearance on The X Factor on 13 December 2015, where he performed his breakthrough single “Re-Rewind” during a medley with Reggie ‘n’ Bollie and Fuse ODG. “When the Bassline Drops” debuted at number 50 in the UK and peaked at number 10 on 5 February 2016, becoming David’s highest-charting single since 2007.

On 25 January 2016, it was announced that Craig David had signed a recording contract with Insanity Records (a joint venture between Sony Music UK and Insanity Management) and independent company Speakerbox Media.

On 19 March 2016, at the second day of the Ultra Music Festival 2016, during the set of the Dutch DJ and record producer Hardwell, he appeared for present their new track “No Holding Back”, which was released on 19 August 2016.

In 2016, David appeared on Kaytranada’s album 99.9%, on the track “Got It Good”, which he also co-wrote. This song also appeared on his sixth studio album. On 19 August 2016, Craig announced on social networks that his sixth studio album, Following My Intuition, would finally be released on 30 September 2016. It debuted at number one on the UK Albums Chart, giving David his first number-one album since his debut, Born to Do It, reached the top spot in 2000.

On 15 September 2017, David announced the release of the seventh studio album, The Time Is Now, which was released in January 2018, along with the single “Heartline”.

On 23 November, David released his second single from The Time Is Now, “I Know You” featuring Bastille. David and Dan Smith from Bastille performed the song live a day later on Sounds Like Friday Night. The single peaked at number 5 in 2018, making it David’s highest charting single since “Don’t Love You No More (I’m Sorry)” in 2005.

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