Saturday, October 13, 2012
Her mother is from Guyana and her father is from Barbados. Des'ree was introduced to reggae, calypso, and jazz music by her parents. She became interested in starting a music career following a two year trip to Barbados with her family when she was 11 years old.
In the UK., the song peaked at #20 on the UK Singles chart, staying on the chart for 7 weeks. Two remixed versions charted on the UK Singles chart: the first at #14 in 1995 and the second at #10 in 1999. The song was also moderately successful internationally
The music video was nominated for "Best Female Video" at the 1995 MTV Video Music Awards, but lost out to Madonna's "Take A Bow."
It was also featured in the end credits of the film "The Next Karate Kid." The success of the single made Des'ree's second album sell in excess of 2.5 million copies worldwide and led to an American tour with singer Seal in 1995.
The song was also successful in Switzerland, Sweden, New Zealand, the Netherlands, Norway, Italy, Ireland, Germany, France, Belgium, Denmark, Austria, and Australia. It also topped the charts in Spain.
In 1999, she was featured on Ladysmith Black Mombazo's cover version of Bill Withers' song, "Ain't No Sunshine" which managed to peak at #42 on the UK Singles chart, staying on the chart for 2 weeks.
In 1998, Des'ree's song, "Feel So High" was interpolated in Janet Jackson's song, "Got 'Til It's Gone" from her album, "The Velvet Rope" without due credit to her as a contributor which prompted a lawsuit. When the maxi-single was released in 2000, it lists Des'ree and Michael Graves as one of the writers of the song.
In 1999, Des'ree won a BRIT Award for the British Female Solo Artist category. She has won several awards including an Ivor Novello Award, World Music Award, Urban Music Award and a BMI Award for over 5 million plays of "You Gotta Be" in America alone.
Between 1999 and 2003, Des'ree studied photography, art and ceramics at the Camberwell College of Arts.
Despite not releasing any albums since 2003, Des'ree continues songwriting and performing for charities.
To see the music video for "You Gotta Be," go to:
To see the music video for "Feel So High," go to:
To see a fan-made video for "Kissing You," go to:
To see the music video for "Life," go to:
To see the music video for "Fire," go to:
To see a fan-made video for "What's Your Sign," go to: