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He started singing at the local Pentecostal Church and, at age 16, along with a few friends in the church, formed ae band called Exodus.
In 1984 he enlisted in the Trinidad and Tobago Coast Guard where he served for a period of six years. During this time, he performed with the Coast Guard band.
His calling to a bigger stage and brighter lights led him to Trinidad and Tobago’s indigenous genre, Soca. He performed with some of the biggest bands out of Trinidad like Fire Flight (with whom he recorded his first song in 1988) and Atlantik. During this time he compoased Ragga Poom Poom, Good Music To Dance, and his internationally acclaimed hit Who Let The Dogs Out? which went on to win a Grammy, although the most popular version of the song outside of the Caribbean is the cover version of the song sung by the Baha Men. Anslem also wrote Friend on the Soul Island album and Ooh Ahh, the smooth jazz hit produced by Eddie Bullen and written by Anslem on the same record, to the social outrage of Abuse featured on his Sir Anslem Douglas album released in 2000.
In 2001 he was sued and lost a lawsuit with regards to full authorship of the song Who Let the Dogs Out? The chorus was originally composed in 1995 by Patrick Stephenson and Leroy Williams of Just Platinum Recording Studios/Action House Studios in Toronto, Ontario, Canada for a radio jingle. The lawsuit showed that Douglas was a client of the studio during that time, and that he used the chorus to compose the song. The lawsuit was settled for an undisclosed sum.
He has also recorded a ten track Neo Soul/Pop album entitled Project A.D. with most of the songs written by himself and produced by Eddie Bullen and his son Quincy Bullen. It was released in the spring of 2012.
Anslem’s contributions for 2013 includes the single, Do You Think He Will Understand, a power Soca called Bacchanal, a neo-Calypso single, Dancing With You.
- Soul Island (January 3, 2012)
- Project A.D. (December 2012)
- Anslem Douglas Official Website*
- Anslem Douglas on iTunes*
- Anslem Douglas EPK on Sonicbids*
- Encouraged by fans and friends Anslem Douglas returns* - January 20, 2013 (Guardian.co.tt)
- Anslem Douglas gears up for Carnival 2013 with 'Bacchanal'* - January 13, 2013 (ttnewsflash.com)
- A new vibe for Anslem Douglas* - July 29, 2012 (Brampton Guardian)
- Anslem Douglas profile Canoe.ca
- Anslem Douglas makes comeback - October 6, 2006 (Trinidad and Tobago Newsday)
- THE MAN WITH THE BARK - By Joan Rampersad; February 10, 1998: The Independent, Pages 18,20