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Hip-Hop Artist Star David Rises

November 23, 2018 (London and Jamaica)

At home in Jamaica Kgn 11 Cockburn Pen and Kgn 20 Pembrokehall, growing up Star David aka "Grammy"  was usually banging on doors, paint pans, cheese tin containers and the kitchen sink, making his  own drum beats and chatting about anything that came into his head - sometimes it was what he  heard on the radio and other times it would be his  own lyrics. His  father Philip Graham, who was a business man/ shopkeeper, the husband of Cleopatra O Graham, nicknamed "Mr Charlie", founded the Charlie Shop on Pelican Parade Cockburn Pen in 1976. Hiss  dad would always say to him  "stop yu noise eena de house bwoy",but he could not break Star David  out of the behavior pattern, banging on these objects creating his own beats - he still does this, to this very day sometimes.

Star David  was born the 18  of June 1973 in UK Wolverhampton Midlands David Anthony Graham. Before his mother conceived,  she had a dream that she was going to give birth to a very special baby boy and she should name him David, and she would have to return  him to  the lord thy God Christ Immanuel Jesus so both my mother and father agreed to name me David . His parents returned to Jamaica when he was 6 months old and Star David  grew up on Bombo Island (Jamaica. He  attended Church Sunday School every Sunday, infant basic school Crossdale Basic,St Judes Primary,and Ardenne High School.

Star David returned to the the UK Wolverhampton  at age 17 in the year 1990. Straight away Star David aka Grammy  was involved in travelling around with sound system to clubs etc,. His Godfather, Oswald Smith, was a veteran Sound man in Uk and Wolverhampton as well as the resident DJ at a night club in Bilston called La Monte Rouge in the 19 90's, His sound was called Count Ossie. This is when Star David began to meet industry people such as radio presenters, sound men, selectors, mc's , music artists, producers ,promoters, record shop retails distributors etc. In the early ninetie,s Star David aka" Grammy"  entered a bad boy confrontation talent competition in  Wolves. He made it to the finals and won a trophy but did not finish first place and from there he started to record radio jingles for local community radio stations, Frontline and Skyline radio. He also started to record his own lyrics at the Sam Sharpe Music Projects mentored by Lester Samuels aka Dread Lester and UK soul singer Beverley Knigh and Clive Taylor. He  was also included on local talent cds, stage show promotions, at night clubs, cultural centre events, summer time wolverhampton Council Festivals. He  comeplged his first vinyl 45 single  around the year 1995 entitled 'Slice of the Cake' on the dance-hall gate man riddim Blue Swan Label an independent label of Cleveland City. International reggae star Macka B was on the A side of the record and Star David was on the B side. The music was distributed by Summit Records Shop, Ruby Reds Records, and Jet Star Distribution.

He continued to record music ,then in 1999 Star David  went to Tottenham London where he lived  attended the Digital Arts Centre (D.A.C). Star David  completed a short course in music engineer,radio presenting,video editing this happened in the early 21st century. While with the D.A.C he did a house mix collaboration with Beverley Knight's voice samples entitled 'You and I'- it was mixed by Kotch. It won an award at some UK Artist competition D.A.C entered it in . In 2008 Star David  did a three episode visual comedy entitled The Mad Bongo Cart Man in which the trailer became very popular on Ben TV Sky Digital. He followed it up with the 'UK Hottaz Visual DVD' including some of London's best dance-hall and reggae artist.

2010 approaching the Christmas period Star David performed a track titled 'Santas Number' at the Anam Bar and Lounge in London Islington - it was successful with thanks to Laura Matthews, the promoter. In 2011, there was the Uk riots. Star David was approached by a number of Sky channels to express his views on the riots on outlets such as Press TV. , viewed by many millions of people worldwide. Star David  was nominated for a 'Music Mp3 Awards' in the years 2011 and 2012 with 'Let Go' and 'Mii Boss' on the UK potential beat -In 2017 dj Kenny Mixtape sticks & stones, collaboration track "facebook dun dem"  also on the Uk potential riddim with  Canada based dancehall artist O.D & "without you" featuring the Kingdom`s Alexandra Burke is in the mix on  the DJ Kenny Mixtape pine and ginger.  In 2012 Star David  also was signed up to Apple through 4-UR-ENT to be the voice of the animated character iriebot,this is a Jamaican voice translator app, contracted to 2022.

From Oct 1st 2014 to July 1st 2017,  Star David was in Jamaica where he ,in 2015,  performed at his  Baptism at the Kingston Open Bible Church Washington Boulevard, the 1st April 2016 at the Rev Mark Stewart Crusade. Star David performed during a testimony segment. The holy ghost filled the tabernacle at Marverly Park the tent was on fire. In July 2017, he  performed at the opening of the Pimentos Caribbean Restaurant and Wine Bar in Walsall,alongside Tenna Star and Claire Angel. In August, On the Bank Holiday, he  performed on Likkle wicked Sound System at a Birthday party barbecue.

Currently, Star David  has collaborated with singers Jah Miracle aka Far Corna and the Yardie Chef. They made three new tunes for this year. Star David aka Grammy  has team up with Bilston rapper Sarge, & Birmingham rapper Savage to make the hot 2018 track "gyangsta". Star David,Sarge,& Shortz also made another hot track entitled " Something Real" .

done dubplates for Genesis sound ,Likkle Wicked,Kebra Negus, Virgin Disco. Bullet Movements, Jahman Nuclear,Black Nation,Kimo Solo,I have recorded at UB 40 studio,Sam Sharp,Beats a Bar,Digital Arts Centre,Phattraxx,L.O.C studio,Exodus and Gemtar Redhills Rd Jam Kgn,Organic H.e.a.r.t.s studio,RaspecT Studio,G-Money studio,Jah Miracle (H.Laing Studio)


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