10 Things You Didn’t Know About Shaggy

We are thrilled to announce that Shaggy will be joining OneRepublic and Ingrid Michaelson on stage for MixFest this year!

If you listen to Mix 104.1, then you may already know a lot about Shaggy. But did you know these 10 things?

1. Shaggy’s birth name is Orville Richard Burrell

Photo by: Gabe Palacio/ImageDirect

Photo by: Gabe Palacio/ImageDirect


Everybody knows who Shaggy is, but did you know his first name was Orville?

2. He was born in Kingston, Jamaica

Photo by: Mario Tama/Getty Images

Photo by: Mario Tama/Getty Images


Mr. Boombastic was born on October 22, 1968 in Kingston, Jamaica. When he was seven years old, his family moved to Ottawa, Canada where he later took music courses and was discovered.

3. Shaggy was a Marine


According to PPcorn, “while living in Brooklyn, he was constantly faced with violence, and all of the high paying jobs involved illegal activity…so he decided to join the marines. Ultimately, it was not what he expected, and before he knew what was happening, he was driving a Humvee through Iraq in the middle of the Gulf War.”

4. His son Robb Banks is a rapper


Robb Bank$ has been an active rapper since 2011. Like his father, reggae is a large aspect of his overall musical fusion — his debut mixtape is titled Calendars.

5. If he was not an entertainer he would probably be a teacher


In an interview with Jamaicans.com, the “Pure Pleasure” singer disclosed, “if I were not an entertainer I would probably be a teacher.” Talk about a 180 for a career path!

6. Michel Jackson invited him onstage for his 30th Anniversary Concert in NYC

Photo by: Phil Walter/Getty Images

Photo by: Phil Walter/Getty Images


The King of Pop was a big fan…Shaggy revealed that “Michael Jackson called me for the 30th Anniversary. And I’m standing on stage with him, we’re doing ‘We Are The World’ and I’m standing right beside him, shoulder to shoulder.‘Wasn’t Me’ was one of his favorite songs, and he says to me ‘So Shaggy, did you write that song?’ and I said ‘Yeah.’ And he said ‘That sounds like something I would write.'”

7. His name came from the Scooby Doo character Shaggy


Shaggy’s nickname came from Scooby Doo’s famous counterpart, which fit perfectly because of the singer’s uncontrollable hairstyles!

8. His 1995 album Boombastic won a GRAMMY

Photo by: Larry Busacca/Getty Images

Photo by: Larry Busacca/Getty Images


His 3rd album Boombastic won the artist his first GRAMMY for Best Reggae Album! It hit number 34 on the Billboard 200 in the U.S.

9. He collaborated on a song with Janet Jackson


They did the song “Luv Me Luv Me” together, which was released in 1998, for the movie How Stella Got Her Groove Back. The song was re-recorded in 2000, re-released in 2001, with vocals by Samantha Cole — it was the third single off his album Hot Shot.

10. Shaggy has a record label called Big Yard Music

Photo by: FADEL SENNA/AFP/Getty Images

Photo by: FADEL SENNA/AFP/Getty Images


Big Yard Music was founded in 1996 by Shaggy, his manager Robert Livingston, and producer Sting International. According to their website, “the birth of Big Yard was the first step on the way to creating a lasting vision for the genre [reggae] they love.”

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