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 “Stage 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 throughout the UK and across Europe.
Throughout 2015/2016 Donovan Kingjay has performed at a variety of events including:
Notting Hill Carnival 2015/16, Reggae Star Factor as Guest Performer, DubUniversity Showcases @ Scala, Reggae Splash, Jamaica Rum Tings, Reggae Roast Courtyard Carnival @ Ministry of Sound, Sardina Reggae Festival, Glastonbury 2016 to name but a few. Donovan Kingjay performs regularly with
Reggae Roast and performs alongside Channel One Sound System. With more dates added every month throughout 2016 and going into 2017.........
Music - Discography:
Higher Meditation - CD Album - SSC Records
Missing You - SSC & SOC Production https://rasdonovankingjay.bigcartel.com/product/higher-meditation-album Missing You - SSC & SOC Production & on Download iTunes
Rastafari Children - High Elements
The Ways of the Rightious - Unrulee Records
Be Thankful - Conscious Sounds
Fyah Warrior - Roots Resolute Records
Babylon Time - Scott Bonnet Stop the War - 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
Strength Up Riddim - Reality Shock 2015 - Kris Kemist
No Cage - Blackboard Riddim - Nu Birth Records
Reality Souljahs & Donovan Kingjay - Mention Africa - Reality Sound System - UK 12”
Jah Mirikle - Rolling With The Punches / Donovan Kingjay - Mr Chatty Chatty (J. Robinson Whodemsound) 10” Adam Prescott ft Donovan Kingjay - Weed Anthem - Reggae Roast UK 7”
Well Jahdgment - What’s Going On - Dub / Donovan Kingjay - Willie Lynch (AM Records) EU 12” Health Over Wealth - Sir Logie International 12”
Fyah Warrior – Donovan Kingjay – Roots Resolute 12’’ J Robinson feat: Donovan Kingjay – Never Fail 7’’ Weed Anthem - WhoDemSound - Reggae Roast 7” Zion Gate Close/Reparation Masaai Warrior label 12” Chatty Chatty 10” Whodemsound label
One Thing is certain CD track Reality Shock label
Look out for forthcoming releases circulating on dubplate: played by Aba Shanti Channel One - Iration Steppas King Shiloh and
Forthcoming to the SSC Label 12” Grow Your Natty/Glory to HIM UK Pressure label - Close The Door.
To hear a selection of Donovan’s tracks head to Soundcloud and type in Donovan Kingjay
Album Review: 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 Mafia & Fluxy and members of the Ruff 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. https://rasdonovankingjay.bigcartel.com/product/higher-meditation-album