Sanchez (singer)

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Background information
Birth nameKevin Anthony Jackson
Born (1964-11-30) 30 November 1964 (age 57)
Kingston, Jamaica
Genres Reggae, dancehall, lovers rock, gospel
Occupation(s)Singer-songwriter, record producer
Years active1987–present

Kevin Anthony Jackson (born 30 November 1964), [1] also known by his stage name Sanchez, is a Jamaican reggae singer-songwriter and record producer.



Born in Kingston, Jackson grew up in the Stony Hill and Waterford areas. He was given the nickname 'Sanchez' due to his skills – a reference to a footballer of that name. [2] He sang from an early age in the Rehoboth Apostolic Church choir in St Catherine. [1] [3] After working with several Kingston sound systems, first as selector for the Rambo Mango sound system, he began recording and had his first hit with "Lady In Red", recorded for producer Red Man in 1987. [1] [2] By 1988 he was one of Jamaica's most popular singers, and at his performance at Reggae Sunsplash that year he was called back for six encores. [2] He had further hits with "Loneliness Leave Me Alone", produced by Winston Riley, and with his version of Tracy Chapman's "Baby Can I Hold You", which was included on the Philip "Fatis" Burrell-produced Number One album (1989). [4] He has worked with several of Jamaica's other top producers, including King Jammy, Bobby Digital, and Donovan Germain. [5] [6]

His 2000 album Simply Being Me reached number 14 on the US Billboard Top Reggae Albums chart, and 2002's Stays on My Mind hit number 9. [7]

Primarily known for love songs and cover versions of pop and R&B songs, in the 1990s he mixed gospel themes with other topics on his albums, and released the totally gospel Who is This Man in 1999 and He's Got the Power in 2003. [1] [8] [9]

In 2012 he revealed that he is now "a full-time producer", and has been working with studio engineer and writer Rodnie "Tenor" Lion. [10] In May he revealed that he was working on two self-produced albums, one dancehall (Like a General) and one gospel (There is no Other Like You Lord). [11]


Gramophone record of "Tell Him I'm Not Home" by Sanchez, 1988. Sanchez album.jpg
Gramophone record of "Tell Him I'm Not Home" by Sanchez, 1988.


Album NameYearLabel
The Sweetest Girl1988Dennis Star [12]
Rohit [13]
Wild Sanchez
(Wicked & Wild Sanchez)
1988Dennis Star
Greensleeves [14]
VP [15]
Number One1989 RAS [16]
Island, Sanctuary, Universal [17]
Number One Dub1990 ROIR
In Fine Style1990VP
I Can't Wait1991VP
The One For Me1992VP
Bring Back The Love1992VP
Tell It Like It Is1992VP
Boom Boom Bye Bye1993Greensleeves
Just Sanchez1993Overheat
Tell It Like It Is1993VP
Can We Talk1994VP
Missing You1994VP
Only You1994Luddy's
Brown Eye Girl1994VP
Here I Am1995VP
The Golden Voice of Reggae1997World
Perilous Time1999Artists Only!
Who Is This Man1999VP
True Identity1999VP
Simply Being Me2000VP
Songs From The Heart2000Artists Only!
Stays on My Mind2002VP
No More Heartaches2003VP
He's Got The Power2003VP
Now & Forever2009VP
Love You More2011VP
Giving Praises Live2013Jasfar
Beware2016John John

Split albums

Compilations albums

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