While aboard the Welcome To Jamrock Reggae Cruise, Jamaican dancehall star Cham stopped by the GRAMMY Pro Lounge to talk about the inspiration behind his hit “Ghetto Story,” how working with Alicia Keys impacted his career, and his upcoming album, Lawless.
“Music has no boundaries,” Cham shared.
Cham, formerly known as Baby Cham, emerged as a dancehall artist at the ripe age of 16 and just a few years later he was considered one of Jamaica’s biggest dancehall artists without even releasing a proper album. His debut release, Wow…The Story (2000), reached No. 5 on the Billboard Top Reggae Album Charts and paved the way for his 2006 major label debut Ghetto Story. The “Ghetto Story” single, released ahead of the album, exploded in Cham’s native Jamaica and made its way to the American radio waves. From there, the track appeared in the Billboard Hot 100 and garnered attention from Akon and Alicia Keys, both of whom recorded “Ghetto Story” remixes with Cham.
Cham is gearing up for the release of his third album, Lawless, on Madhouse Records. The album, set to drop in spring 2015, is produced by Cham’s longtime collaborator Dave Kelly and includes the single “Fighter” with Damian Marley.
SOURCE: GRAMMY Pro