Reggae crooner Gyptian, known for his hits “Beautiful Lady” and the socially conscious “Serious Times,” released his latest album Hold You on July 20. The CD features 15 tracks and two iTunes exclusives.

Gyptian exploded on the reggae scene in 2005 and released several internationally popular songs like “My Name is Gyptian,” “Is There a Place” and “Mama Don’t Cry.” The dreadlocked singer, nicknamed Gyptian as a child because he frequently tied a shirt around his head like an Egyptian pharaoh, is currently touring the United States through October. As he continues to develop a strong American fan base, media outlets are calling Gyptian the forerunner in a new genre, “sexy reggae music.”

His latest hit “Hold Yuh” featuring rapper Nicki Minaj, peaked at No. 91 on the Billboard Hot 100, No. 33 on the Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop Chart, No. 6 on the Billboard Heatseekers Songs Chart and had been at the top of the Reggae Digital Songs chart for nine consecutive weeks, according to a press release.

Born in 1983 as Windel Beneto Edwards in Jamaica, Gyptian was raised by his Christian mother Pauline and his Rastafarian father, Basil. While neither parent pressed their religious beliefs on Gyptian, he grew up influenced by both his parents’ backgrounds and allows these elements to influence his music today.

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