Before the global success of his solo career, Craig David started out as a DJ working the UK club circuit; he then went on to sell over 15 million albums as an artist, enjoying 14 Top 10 hits and achieving multi-platinum status in more than 20 countries.
Craig emerged in late 1999 and early 2000 on the UK soul and R&B scene. His first success was as the smooth, soulful voice on Artful Dodger's 'Re-rewind When The Crowd Say Bo Selecta' that reached number 2 in the UK Top 40 and spent a total of 13 weeks on the chart.
At the age of 14, David was MCing on a local pirate radio station as well as at nearby clubs before moving into DJing, playing mainly garage. It was while involved in this scene that he met Mark Hill of Artful Dodger, also from Southampton. David's career was boosted when he won a national song-writing competition. The prize was to co-compose the b-side of 'Wonderful Tonight', a UK number 3 hit in 1997 for R&B stars Damage.
Given only the music, he put the finishing touches to 'I'm Ready'. Now travelling to London at the weekends to record in the studio, his first track was a cover of the R&B-tinged US number 1 'Human' by the Human League. It was his collaboration with Mark Hill 'What Ya Gonna Do' that gave David his first club hit and the track that eventually became 'Re-rewind'. Released on the Public Demand label, it became an underground hit and this led to appearances around the country.
Rising interest in the vocalist led to a deal with the Telstar/Capital Radio joint venture, Wildstar Records in August 1999. His first single for them, the infectious 'Fill Me In' received substantial national radio airplay and rose to the UK's number 1 spot in April 2000. David repeated the feat in August with '7 Days', and completed a memorable year by winning three MOBO awards two months later.
He was named best UK newcomer and best R&B act, and 'Fill Me In' was voted best UK single. During the following twelve months he began to make an impact across the Atlantic, culminating in '7 Days' breaking into the US Top 10 in February 2002.
After posting exclusive sets on Soundcloud gathering thousands of listens every week, TS5’s popularity quickly hit the UK with Capital and Kiss broadcasting Craig’s sets on a Friday and Saturday night. The show gives listeners an hour window into the exclusive TS5 party played live from Miami.
Following a 5 date sell out Australia tour, in October 2015, TS5 premiered on the number 1 radio station in the country, KISS. It was played out at 10pm every Saturday night throughout the country. As well as Australia and the UK, TS5 was also broadcast on the biggest Urban station in New Zealand, Mai FM, and on Blast FM in Northern Ireland.
In under a year, Craig’s TS5 live nights became the most sought after in the UK’s capital city. Tickets to the first TS5 headline show at Oslo Hackney in London in July 2015, sold out in minutes, followed swiftly by a second show at Shapes Hackney in October, which sold out even quicker.
Craig David’s TS5 at Koko in London’s Camden in March 2016 also followed suit selling out in a record time, of less than 10 minutes. While his headline TS5 show at the prestigious Brixton Academy sold 5000 tickets in under 3 minutes.
Over the course of summer 2016, TS5 continued to go from strength to strength. With a record breaking 25,000 people packing out the Sonic Stage at Glastonbury, the largest crowd the stage has ever seen in the history of the landmark festival, TS5 continued to grow. In 2017 Craig brought TS5 to over 100,000 people on the world-famous Pyramid Stage at Glastonbury as well as selling out two O2 arenas earlier on in the year.
Selling out venues across the US in 2018 including T5 in New York with a 3,000 capacity and the famous Roxy theatre in LA the TS5 became renowned for its prestigious party vibes world-wide.