b. St. Catherine, Jamaica, West Indies. In 1991, Curtis moved to Ocho Rios where he entered a local talent contest alongside DJ Jigsy King. Curtis won the contest as Best Singer and King was designated the winning DJ. Inspired by their victory Barry O’Hare, of Roof International, suggested they record at his studios, which resulted in the successful single, ‘Butterfly’. While with the Roof crew Curtis also recorded the haunting ‘Where Is The Love’ in combination with Stan Ryck. After his success with Roof International, Curtis joined the Stone Love crew, who released the probing ‘Do You Want To’ and by 1993 he had toured Japan. In 1997, the singer had a Jamaican number 1 hit, ‘Missing You’, in combination with ARP and Beenie Man. A year later, he enjoyed an international hit with ‘My Lady In Red’, produced by Carl ‘Banton’ Nelson. While Curtis savoured a successful solo career he also joined the vocal group L.U.S.T. , alongside Singing Melody, Thriller U and Lukie D. The combined performers stated that the group was going to put the ‘flava back into reggae’. L.U.S.T. performed at MIDEM 1998 and later in New York at the third Culturama festival to critical acclaim. In addition to his L.U.S.T. project, Curtis established his solo career with a series of hits including, ‘I Can Fly’, ‘Nobody’, ‘Love Should’ve Bought You Home’, ‘Home Alone’, ‘Sweet Lady’, ‘Party Time’, ‘Faith’, ‘Lose Your Woman’, ‘You Left Me Lonely’, and a combination with Merciless, ‘Married Life’.
- St. Catherine, Jamaica