Romain Virgo (2013)
24 January 1990 |
|Origin||Stepney, Saint Ann Parish, Jamaica|
|Labels||VP, Penthouse, Vikings Production|
Virgo hails from Stepney in Saint Ann Parish. He rose to prominence in the television choir contest All Together Sing in 2006, going on to win the Digicel Rising Stars competition in 2007, two months before his graduation from high school in St. Ann, Jamaica. At 17 years old, he was the youngest contestant to ever win top prize at the competition, which included a JA$1,000,000 prize and a recording contract with Greensleeves Records. A few weeks after winning the competition, Virgo met Donovan Germain who produced his first hit record "Mi Caan Sleep" on the Penthouse label. Several hit singles followed, including "Wanna Go Home", "Live Mi Life", and "Alton's Medley". In June 2010, VP Records released his debut self-titled album.
After winning the Digicel competition, Virgo performed at dances and stageshows, including Rebel Salute, Passa Passa, and Weddy Weddy. In the autumn of 2010, he joined fellow artists Capleton and Munga on a tour of the United States. In addition to his music career, Virgo is pursuing his bachelor's degree at the Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts in Kingston, majoring in voice and minoring in keyboard.
In 2014 his cover version of Sam Smith's "Stay With Me" produced by Nicholas Browne of Lifeline Music, topped the charts in several Caribbean countries. Virgo as a young boy growing up in rural Saint Ann emulated his cousin Bryan Art, an established singer and musician who specializes in Lover's Rock and Roots Reggae.
- Romain Virgo RV (2010), VP Records
- The System (2012), VP Records - US Reggae no. 6
- LoveSick(2017), VP Records
- Introducing...Romain Virgo (2010), VP
- Lifted (2015), VP - US Reggae no. 7
- "Love Doctor" (2008), Penthouse
- "Wanna Go Home" (2009), Vikings Production
- "Watch Over Me" (2010), Juke Boxx Productions - B-side of Elephant Man's "Don't Trust Dem"
- "Live My Life" (2010), Juke Boxx Productions - B-side of Busy Signal's "Dem Nuh Care"
- "Ghetto" (2010), Juke Boxx Productions
- "Taking You Home" (2011), Penthouse
- "Wha Dis Pon Me" (2011), Penthouse
- "California" (2011), VP - Romain Virgo & Larry Gatlin
- "Can't Sleep", VP/Penthouse
- "Who Feels It Know's It", VP/Penthouse
- "Cry Tears for You" (2012), Penthouse
- "Cold Side"(2013), Juke Boxx Productions
- "Lifted" (2015),VP Records
- "LoveSick" (2016),VP Records
- Johnson, Richard (2012) "Virgo launches album with hundreds in the park", Jamaica Observer, 1 June 2012, retrieved 2012-06-01
- Gaynor, Jonique. Destined for Stardom. Jamaica Gleaner. 30 September 2007.
- "Romain Virgo Reminisces On Digicel Rising Stars", Jamaica Gleaner, 25 August 2013. Retrieved 25 August 2013
- Interview with...Romain Virgo. Penthouse Records. March 2009.
- Romain Virgo opens for Capleton Tour October 2010. RudeGal.com. 20 October 2010.
- Romain Virgo Biography. VP Records. 2010. Retrieved 24 January 2011.
- "Romain Virgo riding high on the success of "Stay With Me"", RJR News, 2 October 2014. Retrieved 27 November 2014
- Jackson, Kevin (2015) "Virgo's Lifted enters Billboard", Jamaica Observer, 13 November 2015. Retrieved 15 November 2015
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