IF you ask the average person what they think about Romain Virgo, the most likely answer one will get is, "the boy can sing". It has only been three years since Virgo started singing professionally, but the 2007 Digicel Rising Stars winner has been climbing the ladder to stardom as well as the charts.
The one time lead singer for his Aabuthnott Gallimore High School choir first entered the Digicel Rising Stars competition in 2006 after being urged by his friends. However, it was not to be his year as the wrong choice of song took away his chances of making it to the studio finals.
In 2007, Virgo went back to the drawing board and on the second time around he not only made the studio finals but created history, when he became the youngest to win the competition. Virgo described the victory as "one of the greatest feelings one can ever imagine". "Being a Rising Star winner gives you the opportunity to work with some of the best producers in the industry. Producers like Donovan Germaine, Shane Brown, Omar Brown and a few others," the singer continued.
Often described as the Jamaican Justin Bieber, Virgo's scored his first hit with the track Can't Sleep in 2008 and since then has not dropped the ball; following up with tracks like Wanna Go Home, Dark Skin Girl, Be Careful, Love Doctor, Ghetto and Who Feels It Knows It amongst others.
"I'm always in the studio working," Virgo says, "It is something that I am truly passionate about. Even if I hadn't won Rising Stars I would still pursue a career in music".
The singer's love for music resonates in his studies as he is currently going into his second year at the Edna Manley School of Performing Arts where he is doing a BA in performance.
Virgo has recently released his self titled debut album on his VP Records label and says that the album has been receiving great reception. Upon its release the album entered the Billboard Reggae Album Charts at number 14, something the singer is really proud of.
Just 20-years-old, Virgo has already knows what it is to perform on the big stage. Doing performances locally, including Reggae Sumfest, as well as most of the Caribbean. The singer is currently on a month-long US tour opening for Capleton, in hopes of promoting his album.
"When I'm not in studio, I'm at the beach, at home with family or just playing video games to relax," the artiste said. Virgo maintains that he is always recording, as "hard work is the only means to success".