Sanchez (singer)

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Birth nameKevin Anthony Jackson
Born (1964-11-30) 30 November 1964 (age 56)
Kingston, Jamaica
GenresReggae, dancehall, lovers rock, gospel
Occupation(s)Singer-songwriter, record producer
Years active1987–present
LabelsRAS Records
VP Records
Greensleeves Records
Jet Star
Penthouse Records
John John Records

Kevin Anthony Jackson (born 30 November 1964),[1] also known by his stage name Sanchez, is a Jamaican reggae/gospel singer-songwriter and record producer. After starting his career in 1987. Sanchez has produced a number of hit singles including "One In A Million", "Fall In Love", "Missing You", "I Care For You" and "Never Dis Di Man".


Born in Kingston, Jackson grew up in the Stony Hill and Waterford areas. He was given the nickname 'Sanchez' due to his football 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 big 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.
  • The Sweetest Girl (1988), Dennis Star
  • Sanchez (1988), Vena
  • Loneliness (1988), Techniques
  • Wild Sanchez (1988), Greensleeves
  • Number One (1989), RAS
  • Number One Dub (1990), ROIR
  • In Fine Style (1990), Exterminator
  • I Can't Wait (1991), Jet Star
  • 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
  • Missing You (1994), Digital B
  • Only You (1994), Luddy's
  • Brown Eye Girl (1994), John John
  • 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
  • Love and Forever (2010), VP
  • Love You More (2011), VP
  • Giving Praises Live (2013), Jasfar
  • Beware (2016), John John
Split albums
  • 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) (1991), 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
  • Sanchez Vol. 1 (1994), Penthouse
  • Sanchez Vol. 2 (1994), Penthouse
  • One in a Million: The Best of Sanchez (1997), VP
  • Reggae Max (2000), Jet Star
  • The Best of Sanchez: Back at One (2001), 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, retrieved 9 September 2012  – via HighBeam (subscription required)

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