Da'Ville Thomas aka D.T.
With the world listening to his every note, premiere balladeer, Da'Ville defines his style of Reggae with a fusion of Pop/R&B mixed with soul. Putting real life experiences in each of his songs, this artist extraordinaire has become the fan favorite for music lovers who want to express themselves through songs.
Born in Kingston Jamaica, Da'Ville was raised by his Grandmother who emphasized the importance of education and religion but singing in the church choir became the foundation for building Da'Ville‟s art of expression through songs. “I was born singing” jokes Da'Ville, “As a youth, I sang in church and at all the local school functions.” With a rooted passion for song and a developing strength for performance, he continued to sing hoping to fulfill his dream as a singer.
In the mid 1990‟s, groups such as Boys 2 Men, Silk, Shai and Jodeci were the rage. Da'Ville, being influenced by these groups, became inspired to form one of his own. Introduced to the newly formed ARP (A Raw Perspective), Da'Ville developed his craft in a group setting, and achieved his goal of being a member of a group.
In 2001, Da'Ville‟s direction changed when he was signed to Penthouse Records as a solo artist under the management of Donovan Germaine. There, he recorded the hit singles: “Cruzin,” and “All My Life,” the latter of which with then label mate, Marcia Griffiths. After several years with Penthouse, Da'Ville departed, ready to launch his solo career.
In 2005, after a successful debut album release with Avex Entertainment Group, Da'Ville was signed to their company. In 2007, he was also signed to Reggae Premiere Indie Label VP Records in the USA. Since parting ways with VP Records in 2009, today, Da'Ville is still one of the most celebrated Reggae soul/Pop artists in Japan, USA, and the Caribbean.
As a songwriter, composer and producer, Da'Villes‟ music has topped charts locally and internationally. His expanding fan base, dedication and commitment to his craft, have allowed him the opportunity to work with super producers such as Sheldon Benjamin ($hell Shok), Robert Livingston (Big Yard Music Group), Stephen McGregor (Big Ship Music), J. Brown (Fashozy Records), Donovan Germaine (Penthouse Records), Arif Cooper, Don Corleon, Preston Anfroy, Winston “Wee Pow” Powell (Stone Love Prod.), Beres Hammond, and many more.
Da'Ville has appeared in several music videos, and television commercials. His swagger earned the attention of Nike (Japan), Nesta (Japan), who have endorsed his appearances with their sneakers and clothing line respectively. Cooyah Clothing (Jamaica), Cooyah Spring Water (Jamaica), Mizchif Clothing (USA), Riddim Driven Clothing–VP (USA) are also endorsers of his appearances as well.
Appearing on several local and international stages, Da'Ville has entertained crowds across the world. Appearing on North Americas Largest Festivals; Irie Jamboree, Best of the Best, Madison Square Garden with friends, and several major performance opportunities in Japan throughout his career, Da'Ville has proven that entertaining a crowd on stage is where he belongs. In 2009, Da'Ville toured the USA and the Caribbean promoting his chart topping songs “Never Gonna Cry,” and “Missing You Right Now.” The world has yet to see the best of Da'Ville. Stay tuned……more to come.
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