Born in London, singer Donovan Kingjay spent his formative years in Lucea, Hanover, JA, before he returned to the UK, where he finished his schooling and began his musical education. Formally known as “Singjay” he served his apprenticeship on Youth Sound Lord Creation before becoming a regular on East London’s King Original and North London’s King Josiah.
Early development as an artist gave him his first recording opportunities. Singjay’s first release was the self-penned “State of Mind”, which was followed by many more releases. Donovan Kingjay’s debut album“Higher Meditation” was partly produced by himself and artist/musician/producer Nereus Joseph. Donovan has been influenced by Dennis Brown, Bushman and Luciano as can be heard when listening to the songs. Donovan Kingjay performs regularly around London and the South of England and at various events across Europe.
2015 has seen Donovan Kingjay perform at a variety of events including: Notting Hill Carnival, Reggae Star Factor as Guest Performer, DubUniversity Showcases @ Scala, Reggae Splash, Jamaica Rum Tings, Reggae Roast Courtyard Carnival @ Ministry of Sound, Sardina Reggae Festival, Regular Appearances alongside Channel One Sound System. With more dates added every month throughout 2016.
Music - Discography:
Higher Meditation - CD Album - SSC Records Missing You - SSC & SOC Production Rastafari Children - High Elements
Stop the War - Unrulee Records
Be Thankful - Conscious Sounds
Fyah Warrior - Roots Resolute Records
Babylon Time - Scott Bonnet
The Ways of the Rightious - Unrulee Records
Mention Africa - Reality Sound System
Walk with Jah - Unique Sounds
Statistics - Hundred Years
Health Over Wealth - Sir Logie Int Records
Dub Pistols - Killa Sound - Ft Donovan Kingjay & Seanie Tee Wanna Know What Love Is - R.I.T.S The Corn Plaster Riddim Train to Zion - High Elements
Never Fail - Whodemsound
Strength Up Riddim - Reality Shock 2015 - Kris Kemist
No Cage - Blackboard Riddim - Nu Birth Records
To hear a selection of Donovan Kingjay tracks head to Soundcloud
Debut album from singer Donovan Kingjay largely produced by Kingjay himself and Nereus Joseph, who also contributes greatly to the albums instrumental construction, playing bass, drums and brasson many tracks. Also present are Ma a & Fluxy and members of the Ru Cutt band, Jerry Lyons and Winston “Sax” Rose. Kingjay has made something of a name for himself over the last few years as a roots singer but this is an enjoyably old school style reggae vocal album, with the singer’s rich baritone, reminiscent of Luciano and Bushman, intoning across a clutch of retro style Studio One rhythms including cuts to Back Out,
Darker Shade, In Cold Blood, Get In The Groove and Keep That Light.