Cham (singer)

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Cham
Birth name Damian Beckett
Also known as Baby Cham
Born (1979-02-24) 24 February 1979 (age 35)
Origin Saint Andrew Parish
Genres Reggae
Dancehall
Reggae fusion
Occupations Deejay, singer-songwriter, record producer
Years active 2000s – present
Labels Atlantic, Madhouse
Website www.cham-music.com

Cham (born Damian Beckett on 24 February 1979) is a Grammy Award-nominated Jamaican rapper, singer-songwriter and actor, most well known for his 2006 single "Ghetto Story" from his major label debut album of the same name, a song which led to multiple "story" songs by other artists in a similar vein.[1] He is currently signed to Atlantic Records, and was previously known as Baby Cham, until 2005. He is still called "Baby Cham" by his Jamaican fans and fans from around the world.

Biography[edit]

Originally from Sherlock Crescent in Saint Andrew Parish, Cham's career began in the early 1990s.[2] The Miami New Times referred to his debut album Wow... The Story, released in 2000, as "the most anticipated album in years from any reggae artist", and a Washington Post review of a live Cham concert in 2006 described him as "the man who may be the next Sean Paul -- a dancehall artist who crosses over to the U.S. hip-hop market."[3][4]

Throughout his career, Cham has collaborated with many hip-hop and R&B artists such as Foxy Brown, Alicia Keys, Carl Thomas, Shawn Mims, Mis-Teeq, Rihanna, Che'Nelle, Jentina, Akon, and T-Pain, Keke Palmer and many others.

Cham has for a long time worked with producer Dave Kelly.[2] In 2012, he recorded with his wife, O, on the singles "Wine" and "Tun Up".[2] In 2013 he released the Kelly-produced single "Fighter", featuring Damian "Junior Gong" Marley.[5]

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Album information
Wow... The Story
  • Released: 24 October 2000
  • Label: Artists Only Records/Madhouse/So So Def
  • Chart positions: #28 AUS
  • Last RIAA certification: N/A
  • U.S Sales: N/A
  • Worldwide Sales: N/A
  • Singles: "The Mass", "Funny Man", "Ghetto Pledge', "Boom/Can I Get A".
Ghetto Story
  • Released: 15 August 2006
  • Label: Atlantic Records/Madhouse/Asylum Records
  • Chart positions: #53 US; #53 AUS
  • Last RIAA certification: N/A
  • US Sales: N/A
  • Worldwide Sales: 200,000
  • Singles: "Ghetto Story", "Rude Boy Pledge", "Tic Toc"

Singles[edit]

Year Song Chart positions Album
U.S. Hot 100 U.S. R&B U.S. Rap UK singles AUS singles
2000 "The Mass" 21 Wow... The Story
"Funny Man" 42
"Ghetto Pledge"
"Boom/Can I Get A"
2006 "Ghetto Story" 99 22 15 62 22 Ghetto Story
"Ghetto Story Chapter 2" (featuring Alicia Keys) 77 15 13
"Rude Boy Pledge"
"Tic Toc"
2013 "Fighter" My Life

Guest appearances[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Anglin-Christie, Kavelle (12 July 2006). "Cham responds to the other 'stories'". The Jamaican Online Star. Retrieved 31 January 2010. 
  2. ^ a b c Johnson, Richard (2012) "Keeping apace with Cham", Jamaica Observer, 29 June 2012, retrieved 1 July 2012
  3. ^ Gessling, Cheryl (21 December 2000). "Baby Cham". Miami New Times. Retrieved 31 January 2010. 
  4. ^ Porter, Christopher (17 July 2006). "Baby Cham at Crossroads". Washington Post. Retrieved 31 January 2010. 
  5. ^ Jackson, Kevin (2013) "Cham's a FIGHTER", Jamaica Observer, 25 October 2013. Retrieved 26 October 2013

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