After almost two decades on the music scene and millions of records sold, Craig David is celebrating another important milestone – his 35th birthday. The UK garage icon marks his big day on 5 May, just months after he stormed back into the top 40 following an eight-year hiatus.
David, who dominated the r'n'b/garage scene in the early noughties and has given the world classic albums including 2000's Born To Do It and 2002's Slicker Than Your Average, made a much-demanded comeback with his hit When The Bassline Drops featuring Big Narstie. "I am back in that 16-year-old kid mode, hungry, passionate and making music that I would want to bump in my ride and dance to," he said of his resurgence.
Fans could not hide their excitement and got nostalgic after it was announced that he would be joining the line-up for this year's Capital FM's Summertime Ball. Acts including Little Mix, Ariana Grande and Zayn Malik will also take to the stage at London's Wembley Stadium on 11 June.
While we look forward to the Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter's new album, let's not forget the impact his old songs had on the music industry. To mark his special day, IBTimes UK takes a trip down memory lane...
Walking Away (2000) Born to Do It
Walking Away was written by David and Mark Hill and is still considered one of the best chill-out r'n'b tracks ever made. It peaked at number 3 on the UK charts and in 2008 it was rerecorded for his Greatest Hits compilation.
Fill Me In (2000) Born to Do It
This track was David's debut solo single and is about suspicious parents preventing him from spending time with their daughter. It debuted at number one on the UK singles chart and peaked at number 15 on the Billboard Hot 100. Where were you when you first heard the line: "Why were you creeping around late last night?"
7 Days (2000) Born to Do It
In 2000, Born to Do It become the fastest-selling debut album by a British male solo act. David held the title until this year when Zayn Malik released Mind Of Mine. That accomplishment would not have been possible without the inclusion of 7 Days, the single that tells the story of a bizarre week with a woman. The video also took inspiration from 1993 comedy Groundhog Day.
Rise And Fall ft Sting (2002) Slicker Than Your Average
In 2002, David teamed up with Sting for this track from the album Slicker Than Your Average. Their collaboration paid off because Rise and Fall peaking at number two on the UK singles chart and won him legion of new fans.
Re-Rewind -Artful Dodger ft Craig David (1999)
Re-Rewind was the track that put David on the map. He burst onto the music scene with his Artful Dodger collaboration in 1999 and released his solo material the following year.