Windel Beneto Edwards, October 25 1983, Kingston, Jamaica
The son of a Seventh-day Adventist mother and a Rastafarian father, Edwards received his musical calling at the age of seven when he began singing in church. King Weston District is a small community in Rural St. Andrew, Jamaica where he grew up. His parents recognized his talent and introduced him to Mr. Wong, a record producer from Portmore, St. Catherine. “I didn’t take it seriously,” Edwards said. The family has always taken me to Portmore to see him, but I usually disappear. One day, they dropped me off at his studio and left me.
Gyptian honed his sound under the guidance of Mr. Wong and Earl Chinna Smith, winning the 2004 Star Search talent competition at Ken’s Wild Flower Lounge in Portmore, earning him a spot at Sting 2004, dubbed the “greatest one-night reggae show on earth”.
He earned his nickname by tying a shirt around his head and twisting his chin hair like an Egyptian pharaoh. In 2005, he scored two hits, “Is There A Place” on the Seasons Riddim and “Serious Times”.
He has been topping the Jamaican charts with hits like “Is There a Place”, “Beautiful Lady”, and his chart-topping ballad, “Mama, Don’t Cry”.
Gyptian released his first album, My Name Is Gyptian, on VP Records on September 12, 2006.. During a trip to New York City in December 2007, Gyptian shot the music video for his new single, “I Can Feel Your Pain” (Cloud Nine Riddim), directed by Rhona Fox. It was the first song to be confirmed for his 2008 album I Can Feel Your Pain.