Sanchez (singer)

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Sanchez at De River on Jan 1st, 2003.jpg
Background information
Birth nameKevin Anthony Jackson
Born (1964-11-30) 30 November 1964 (age 58)
Kingston, Jamaica
GenresReggae, dancehall, lovers rock, gospel reggae
Occupation(s)Singer-songwriter, record producer
Years active1987–present

Kevin Anthony Jackson (born 30 November 1964),[1] also known by his stage name Sanchez, is a Jamaican reggae and gospel reggae singer-songwriter and record producer.


Born in Kingston, Jackson grew up in the Stony Hill and Waterford areas. He was given the nickname 'Sanchez' due to his skills – a reference to a footballer of that name.[2] He sang from an early age in the Rehoboth Apostolic Church choir in St Catherine.[1][3] After working with several Kingston sound systems, first as selector for the Rambo Mango sound system, he began recording and had his first hit with "Lady In Red", recorded for producer Red Man in 1987.[1][2] By 1988 he was one of Jamaica's most popular singers, and at his performance at Reggae Sunsplash that year he was called back for six encores.[2] He had further hits with "Loneliness Leave Me Alone", produced by Winston Riley, and with his version of Tracy Chapman's "Baby Can I Hold You", which was included on the Philip "Fatis" Burrell-produced Number One album (1989).[4] He has worked with several of Jamaica's other top producers, including King Jammy, Bobby Digital, and Donovan Germain.[5][6]

His 2000 album Simply Being Me reached number 14 on the US Billboard Top Reggae Albums chart, and 2002's Stays on My Mind hit number 9.[7]

Primarily known for love songs and cover versions of pop and R&B songs, in the 1990s he mixed gospel themes with other topics on his albums, and released the totally gospel Who is This Man in 1999 and He's Got the Power in 2003.[1][8][9]

In 2012 he revealed that he is now "a full-time producer", and has been working with studio engineer and writer Rodnie "Tenor" Lion.[10] In May he revealed that he was working on two self-produced albums, one dancehall (Like a General) and one gospel (There is no Other Like You Lord).[11]


Gramophone record of "Tell Him I'm Not Home" by Sanchez, 1988.


Album Name Year Label
The Sweetest Girl 1988 Dennis Star[12]
Sanchez 1988 Vena
Loneliness 1988 Techniques
Wild Sanchez
(Wicked & Wild Sanchez)
1988 Dennis Star
Number One 1989 RAS[16]
Island, Sanctuary, Universal[17]
Number One Dub 1990 ROIR[18]
In Fine Style 1990 VP
I Can't Wait 1991 VP
The One For Me 1992 VP
Bring Back The Love 1992 VP
Tell It Like It Is 1992 VP
Boom Boom Bye Bye 1993 Greensleeves
Just Sanchez 1993 Overheat
Tell It Like It Is 1993 VP
Can We Talk 1994 VP
Missing You 1994 VP
Only You 1994 Luddy's
Brown Eye Girl 1994 VP
Here I Am 1995 VP
Forever 1995 Exterminator
The Golden Voice of Reggae 1997 World
Perilous Time 1999 Artists Only!
Who Is This Man 1999 VP
True Identity 1999 VP
Simply Being Me 2000 VP
Songs From The Heart 2000 Artists Only!
Stays on My Mind 2002 VP
No More Heartaches 2003 VP
He's Got The Power 2003 VP
Now & Forever 2009 VP
Love You More 2011 VP
Giving Praises Live 2013 Jasfar
Beware 2016 John John

Split albums[edit]

  • Pinchers Meets Sanchez (with Pinchers) (1989), Exterminator
  • Wayne Wonder & Sanchez Part 1 (with Wayne Wonder) (1989), Penthouse
  • Wayne Wonder & Sanchez Part 2 (with Wayne Wonder) (1990), Penthouse
  • Sanchez Meets Cocoa Tea (with Cocoa Tea) (1993), Sonic Sounds
  • Thriller U & Sanchez (with Thriller U) (1996), Record Factory
  • Toe 2 Toe Vol. 7 (with Ghost) (2003), Jet Star

Compilations albums[edit]

  • Sanchez Vol. 1 (1994), Penthouse
  • Sanchez Vol. 2 (1994), Penthouse
  • One in a Million: The Best of Sanchez (1997), VP [19]
  • Reggae Max (2000), Jet Star
  • The Best of Sanchez: Back at One (2001), VP [20]
  • Reggae Legends: Sanchez (2009), VP


  1. ^ a b c d Ankeny, Jason "Sanchez Biography", Allmusic, retrieved 9 September 2012
  2. ^ a b c Henry, Krista (2006) "Glory Days – Sanchez in harmony with life Archived 18 January 2010 at the Wayback Machine", Jamaica Gleaner, 31 December 2006, retrieved 9 May 2011
  3. ^ "Sanchez set to release new album in February", Jamaica Observer, 25 December 2009, retrieved 9 September 2012
  4. ^ Anderson, Rick "Number One Review", Allmusic, retrieved 9 September 2012
  5. ^ Anderson, Rick "Songs from the Heart Review", Allmusic, retrieved 9 September 2012
  6. ^ Jeffries, David "Now and Forever Review", Allmusic, retrieved 9 September 2012
  7. ^ Chart Positions,
  8. ^ Cummings-Yeates, Rosalind "Who Is This Man Review", Allmusic, retrieved 9 September 2012
  9. ^ Hamilton, Andrew "Praise Him Review", Allmusic, retrieved 9 September 2012
  10. ^ Campbell-Livingston, Cecelia (2012) "Sanchez now a producer", Jamaica Observer, 11 March 2012, retrieved 9 September 2012
  11. ^ Henry, Davina (2012) "Sanchez to release gospel, dancehall albums", The Weekly Gleaner, 3 May 2012
  12. ^ "Sanchez - The Sweetest Gril". Riddimguide.
  13. ^ "Sanchez - The Sweet Girl". AllMusic.
  14. ^ "Sanchez - Wild Sanchez". AllMusic.
  15. ^ "Sanchez - Wild Sanchez". AllMusic.
  16. ^ "Sanchez - Number One". AllMusic.
  17. ^ "Sanchez - Number One". AllMusic.
  18. ^ "Sanchez - Number One Dub". AllMusic.
  19. ^ "Sanchez -One in a Million: The Best of Sanchez - Album by Sanchez on Apple Music". Apple Music Store (U.S.). Retrieved 2 March 2021.
  20. ^ "Sanchez -The Best of Sanchez - Back At One - Album by Sanchez on Apple Music". Apple Music Store (U.S.). Retrieved 2 March 2021.

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