IN 2000, singer Valton 'VC' Craigie became an overnight sensation with his smash hit, By His Deeds. However, things went quiet for him after that.
According to VC, he took a break to focus on his family.
"I was always recording though, and trying to hone both my writing and vocals. At the same time, I decided to broaden my horizons by getting involved in things like animation, advertising and production," he told the Jamaica Observer.
VC is back on the music trail with the release of two songs, Jah Send and a cover of Luther Vandross' Never Too Much.
"The response has been great especially in Europe where they were first released a few months back," he said.
He has other songs in the can including Friday on Beres Hammond's Harmony House label, and It's Time for Renaissance Records.
VC commented on the transformation of the music business since he hit with By His Deeds 12 years ago.
"Right now, the music business is on hard times. Record sales are down, there are less shows, and quantity seems to be ruling over quality. But where there's a will, there's a way," he said.
Born in England to Jamaican parents, VC moved to Jamaica at age 10. He started in the music business as a selector with Legacy sound system and later worked at the
A sound engineer by profession, he tried artiste production before building up the courage to stand on the other side of the microphone.
One of his first recordings, By His Deeds was arguably the biggest hit of 2000.
It earned him slots on shows such as the Air Jamaica Jazz & Blues Festival, Reggae Sumfest, Rebel Salute, Bob Marley Memorial, and Peter Tosh Memorial concert.
Hwever follow-up songs did not match By His Deeds' success and VC said he took a hiatus to be with his newborn son and family.
He is presently working on his first album which he hopes will be completed by October.