Craig David

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Craig Ashley David (born May 5 1981 in Southampton) is a British pop singer. He rose to fame as the singer on the Artful Dodger's Rewind which reached number two in the UK in late 1999. David sent in a self written song called I'm Ready for a competition Damage was running, which was then used as a b-side on their top three hit Wonderful Tonight.

In 2000 he had a number one hit with Fill Me In. He then got another top 10 hit, being featured on another Artful Dodger song, also featuring Robbie Craig, called Woman Trouble (reaching #6). Then another solo number one hit came, named 7 Days. At the end of that year he was named best UK newcomer and best R&B act at the MOBO awards. His album Born To Do It was released in 2000, and 2 more top 10 hits from it came (Walking Away reaching #3, and Rendezvous reaching #8). The album and its singles also had massive success overseas, in countries like Australia, Canada and the United States.

Slicker Than Your Average was the follow-up album and was released in 2002, and 5 singles were released from it. These were: What's Your Flava? (#8 in 2002), Hidden Agenda (#10 in 2003), Rise & Fall (featuring Sting, #2 in 2003), Spanish (#8 in 2003) and World Filled With Love (#15 in 2003).

David's label, Telstar Records, ultimately went bankrupt; the blame was placed on them concentrating too much on marketing Victoria Beckham's musical output, which failed to achieve the success they had expected.

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