Shaggy, 2-time Grammy Award-winner and multi-platinum selling Jamaican reggae/dancehall & pop music icon, recently released the deluxe edition of his reggae holiday themed album, Christmas in the Islands, available now on all global digital platforms via BMG. Full track listing included below.
Christmas in the Islands is the quintessential reggae Christmas themed collection that puts a Caribbean twist on traditional holiday cheer with 19 tracks of island-infused songs, featuring new, original music as well as a modern reggae cover of the classic “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas.”. The deluxe version features four newly recorded songs including “Amazing Christmas” featuring up-and-coming singer/songwriter/producer, Hannah Brier and a duet with Sting on a reggae version of the classic, “Silent Night” which finds the two close friends collaborating again for the first time since receiving a Best Reggae Album GRAMMY for their joint release ‘44/876.’ Additional guest performances include: Beenie Man, Bounty Killer, Junior Reid, Ne-Yo, Bunji Garlin, Romain Virgo, Ritchie Stephens, Conkarah, Joss Stone & others.
Shaggy will bring his festive cheer to the airwaves with special performances on Good Morning America (December 8), Live with Kelly and Ryan (December 17) & GMA3: What You Need to Know (December 31).
Christmas in the Islands was produced by Tony “CD” Kelly, iLLWayno, Shane Hoosong, Jerry Fuentes, Martin “Cherry Cherry Boom Boom” Kierszenbaum & Richie D. and was mixed by 4x Grammy Award winner Robert “Hitmixer” Orton.
“Christmas in the Islands” Deluxe Version track listing:
1) No Icy Christmas feat. Sanchez
2) We Got Us feat. Shenseea and OMI
3) Take You to the Cool feat. Richie Stephens & Conkarah
4) Christmas In the Islands feat. Rayvon
5) Holiday in Jamaica feat. Ne-Yo & Ding Dong
6) Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas
7) Open Presents feat. Romain Virgo
8) Raggamuffin Christmas feat. Junior Reid and Bounty Killer
9) Christmas Time feat. Jamila Falak
10) 12 Days of Christmas feat. Beenie Man and Craigy T
11) Warm & Easy
12) Sunny Celebration feat. Joss Stone
13) Catch Myself Some Rays feat. CARYS
14) Love When It’s Christmas
15) I’ll Be Home for Christmas
16) Silent Night ft. Sting
17) We Three Kings
18) Amazing Christmas ft. Hannah Brier
19) Nothing Like The Holidays ft. Bunji Garlin
Born Orville Richard Burrell and raised in Kingston, Jamaica, Shaggy got his start as a club DJ in New York City’s burgeoning dancehall scene soon after moving to Brooklyn in his teens. Not long after serving four years in the U.S. Marines (including two tours of duty in the Middle East as part of Operation Desert Storm), he inked his first record deal and quickly scored a global crossover smash with “Oh Carolina.”
As the only diamond-selling dancehall artist in music history, Shaggy, managed by the Cherrytree Music Company, has sold more than 40 million album units to date, in addition to landing eight singles on the Billboard Hot 100 and seven albums on the Billboard 200 (including four in the top 40). He is among the top 3 streamed reggae artists of all time on Spotify (alongside Bob Marley & Sean Paul).
Along with 44/876 (his collaboration with Sting & winner of Best Reggae Album at the 61st Annual Grammy Awards), Shaggy’s latest projects include his twelfth studio album Wah Gwaan?!, a 2019 release that amassed over four million streams during its first week on Spotify alone and spent a chunk of that year in the Top 10 on Apple’s iTunes Reggae chart. That was followed by the release of Hot Shot 2020, commemorating the 20th anniversary of his diamond-selling album, which included re-recorded, modernized versions of the biggest hits and most beloved fan favorites across Shaggy’s catalog.
Last year also saw the massive success of his viral hit, “Banana” with fellow Jamaican artist, Conkarah which amassed over 2 billion streams and spawned 50+ million Tik Tok videos with over 5 billion video views for the #bananadrop challenge!
Shaggy finished out the year with the release of Christmas in the Islands – a quintessential reggae Christmas themed collection that puts a Caribbean twist on traditional Christmas cheer featuring island-infused holiday songs with guest performances from Beenie Man, Bounty Killer, Junior Reid, Ne-Yo, Romain Virgo, Ritchie Stephens, Conkarah, Joss Stone & others.
Shaggy’s recent collaboration– “Go Down Deh” with fellow reggae icon Sean Paul and the Queen of Dancehall, Spice – dominated the global reggae charts. The iconic Jamaican trio performed their smash hit on a trio of National television shows including Good Morning America’s Summer Concert Series (Interview, Go Down Deh Performance& Medley Performance), Jimmy Kimmel Liveand The Wendy Williams Show (Interview& Performance). The track, produced by Shaggy, was followed by Spice’s long-awaited debut album, TEN, which Shaggy executive produced. The album recently received a Grammy Award nomination for Best Reggae album.
Shaggy currently hosts a new weekly radio show, Shaggy’s Yaad, on SiriusXM FLY. The show features a wide range of contemporary, rare and classic tracks spanning the hip hop, dancehall and reggae genres with insights from Shaggy about the musical history of his Jamaican homeland and its global impact.
Not only a multi-award-winning songwriter and hitmaker, Shaggy has also long used his platform to strengthen his community and homeland. In 2009, he established the Shaggy Make a Difference Foundation and organized the first of many, Shaggy & Friends benefit concerts, which to date have raised millions for the Bustamante Children’s Hospital (the Caribbean’s only English-speaking children’s hospital, located in Kingston).
“I always try to bring the fun when I’m performing, and keep everything very lighthearted and joyous,” says Shaggy. “I think my purpose and my job is to bring joy to as many people as I can, and I want that to resonate within all of the music that I create.”
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