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Grammy Award winning superstar Shaggy jams at Tahoe

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From page B10 | November 18, 2013 |

The Lake Tahoe Fall Harvest Reggae Jam presents Grammy Award winning reggae superstar Shaggy and special guests Thrive on Tuesday, Nov. 19 at Blu Nightclub in the MontBleu Casino and Resort.

With a commanding presence, a distinctive voice that is recognizable throughout the world and titles such as artist, businessman, philanthropist and Grammy Award winner, Shaggy is a forced to be reckoned with.

He exploded on the music scene in 1993 with his debut album “Pure Pleasure” and followed it with “Boombastic” in 1995. “Bombastic” went certified Platinum, won a Grammy Award in 1996 for Best Reggae Album and topped an impressive chart list that included the Top 40 Rhythmic charts, Hot 100 and Billboard 200.

Along with his former manager Robert Livingston and legendary producer Sting International, Shaggy formed Big Yard Music Group in 1996. With the formation of Big Yard Music Group and the success of “Boombastic,” he forged ahead to record “Midnight Lover” in 1997.

In 2000, Shaggy released his fourth album “Hotshot” which went  Diamond worldwide and Platinum six times in the United States.

Notable singles from that album included “It Wasn’t Me” and “Angel.” “It Wasn’t Me” received a Grammy nomination. Single “Luv Me, Luv Me” featuring Janet Jackson was released on the Soundtrack for the movie “How Stella Got Her Groove Back.” The album also won best-selling album at the 2002 Juno Awards.

In 2002 and 2005 Shaggy released “Lucky Day” and “Clothes Drop,” respectively. “Lucky Day” went certified Gold while single “Strength Of A Woman” made the Top 40 mainstream charts. “Clothes Drop” received a Grammy nomination for Best Reggae Album.

Shaggy also co-starred in the action thriller “Blast” alongside Eddie Griffin and Vivica Fox in 2004.

He released “Intoxication” in 2007 which debuted at No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Reggae Albums chart, was nominated for Best Reggae Album at the 51st Grammy Awards in 2008 and was the No. 1 download on UK iTunes Reggae chart.

The first single from the album, “Church Heathen,” peaked at No. 1 on various music charts and won the Best Music Video at the International Reggae and World Music Awards in 2008. The second single “Bonafide Girl” also made its way to No. 1 on music charts.

That same year, Shaggy recorded and released “Feel The Rush” which was used as the original anthem for the UEFA Euro Cup.

Shaggy’s 10th studio album, “Summer in Kingston,” received a Grammy nomination in 2012. The eight track album featured lead single “Fired Up” with rapper Pitbull. The second single, “Sugarcane,” proved to be 2011’s summer anthem and was in rotation on all major radio stations worldwide.

He embarked on a seven-week summer tour that included performances at the London Olympics, the UK, France, Sweden, Germany, Belgium, Netherlands, Italy, Switzerland, Denmark, Luxembourg, Norway, Colombia, Azores Island Portugal and the U.S.

“Summer in Kingston” was released under Shaggy’s new label Ranch Entertainment Inc., launched in 2011. One of the first international collaborations under the Ranch label was with Rap sensation, Eve. Through a meeting with Eve at the Ranch Studios in New York, after being booked for Shaggy and Friends in 2011, Shaggy played the single “Girls Just Want Have Fun” for Eve which she immediately expressed interest in being included on the track.

Both the single and the video were released in summer 2012. The video worked its way to No. 1 on RTL France and climbed the charts in Germany. Additionally, the single has been in rotation on Poland’s biggest radio station, RMF FM and No. 7 on National airplay chart. “Girls Just Want Have Fun” is one of the singles for Shaggy’s soon to be released album, “Rise.”

Shaggy has always lived on the premise that “to whom much is given, much is required.”  What began as donations of medical equipment and visits to the Bustamante Hospital For Children to distribute gifts during the holidays, paint rooms, donate beds and create a garden, gave birth to the Shaggy Foundation.

Shaggy recruited business associates, fellow recording artists and sponsors to assist in hosting an annual charity event in which all proceeds are donated to the hospital to help defray the cost of medical equipment. To date, the Shaggy Foundation has been instrumental in raising more than $1 million for the hospital.

Sales from a book Shaggy co-authored and CD set entitled “Shaggy Parrot and the Reggae Band” benefits the Bustamante Hospital in Jamaica and Tatiana McIntosh Scholarship Fund in Florida. The book was also donated to basic schools in Jamaica to be used as part of their curriculum.

An exemplary career that has spanned well over a decade, Shaggy has enjoyed cross-over success. He is the only certified Diamond-selling Dancehall Reggae artist.

Shaggy’s performance on Tuesday, Nov.19 begins at 10 p.m.Tickets are $25 in advance online at Ticketweb.com and $30 at the door.

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