Clifton George Bailey III, in the small village of Islington in
St. Mary, Jamaica, Capleton has gone on to become one of reggae's
most successful vocalists. He obtained the name Capleton from
intervening in a conversation with friends, with some important
points, impressing them so much, that they they thought he must be
Capleton, a name he continues to use for his artistry.
Kingston, it didn't take him long to get his break, when he passed
an audition for the cast of the Toronto Stewart Brown's musical
production, African Star. He made his first trip abroad to Canada
for the stage show in 1989. The show was such a success that, soon
after returning to Jamaica, he was signed by reggae producer,
Philip "Faddis" Burrell.
banned from radio airplay for its suggestive lyrics, Capleton's
first single the risque "Bumbo Red", became a dancehall
hit and established him as an important new voice. 1992 saw the
release of "Armshouse", the anti-clash anthem which
urged peace among the warring DJ's. Later that year he came
'Prophet'; these two songs seemed to portend the changes Capleton
would later go through. Capleton's debut album, "Prophecy",
released in 1995, included the Caribbean Music Awards single of
the year, "Taxi".
overnight, a new Capleton has emerged. No more do we hear him
uttering lyrics degrading women or insinuating any form of
violence. He has proved his ability and versatility by topping the
Billboard charts and we can look forward to more hits. Since 1989
Capleton has been one of the most consistent deejays in dancehall.