D-Major (born Damian Codlin on September 15th, in Kingston, Jamaica) is a Jamaican reggae-fusion recording artist. An experienced vocalist, songwriter, and music producer, his gift of song has carried him professionally, since his introduction to the music industry in his teens.
He began as lead vocalist in the group Q-T (Quality and Togetherness), a quintet, while attending Calabar High School and later launched his solo career in 2005. The stage name “D-Major” came into fruition as he was searching for an identity to coin his solo career and was within earshot of a nearby band that was rehearsing. One of the band members mentioned to another the key to be played in was d major, and it just clicked. “D” as in the initial of his first name. “Major” being a musical term and military officer rank, which he has always been attracted to the nature and discipline of the armed forces.
Raised by a single mother, in a middle class household, the artist was instilled by example with integrity, faith, and respect. These fundamentals laid the foundation for D-Major’s character, both professionally and personally. His admiration for music began in the home while listening to his mothers R&B and Reggae vinyl collection. Classic talents such as Sam Cooke, Beres Hammond, Stevie Wonder, and R Kelly are a few of the artists which inspired themes for his original works, especially the songs for the ladies. His melodious style and can be described as a blend of lovers rock, reggae, R&B and soul.
D-Major’s preparation as a solo artist made way for his craft when creditable Jamaican musician Ernie Wilks agreed to produce his first written song, “Tell Me Who”, gaining the young artist local support, and generating a buzz. Soon after his debut, he visited the infamous Big Yard Studio, located in Kingston, Jamaica, where he sang his original works, “World Go Around”. Displaying his vocal ability, executives took a keen interest, and he was invited to join the Big Yard family. Once signed, he recorded singles, “World Go Round” on the Solomon riddim, followed by “Sunshine”, and “Won’t Separate”.
2008 was a monumental year during the steady rise for D-Major. His single “Speak the Truth” gained much popularity with consistent fan requests for radio play. The music video for “Can’t Get Enough” hit #1 on RETV and made it in the top 10 on Hype TV, being the two prominent Jamaican music television stations. This same year he was invited to tour in Europe and Africa, performing among international super stars, Sean Paul, Shaggy, Jeffrey Osborne, James Ingram, Ginuwine, and Busta Rhymes. His talent and growth recognition by his home country’s music industry earned him a nomination for ‘Best New Artist’ at ‘The Excellence in Music and Entertainment Awards’.
D-Major has a number of reputable achievements over the longevity of his career thus far including collaborations with other famed reggae and dancehall artists. (Christopher Martin and Assassin aka Agent Sasco, “Real Friends”), (Busy Signal and Richie Loops, “Party Like It's Your Birthday). In the summer of 2012, he was part of a panel of celebrity judges for ‘TVJ’s Digicel Rising Stars’, national televised talent competition, lending positive constructive encouragement and musical expertise to the contestants. He then released the music video for international #1 hit single “Girl of My Dreams”, an ultimate favorite on Kenya’s KBC Radio Taifa 92.9FM, which is one of the most popular and longest running radio stations in the country. Appreciation for D- Major’s music spans across the globe and continues to flourish in, Kenya, Ghana, and Zimbabwe, Japan, UK, USA, Canada, Germany, Finland, Switzerland, Portugal, and The Netherlands.
“It’s Major”, D-Major’s debut solo album released in May of 2014, under Penthouse Records, and distributed by VPAL, a branch of the reggae conglomerate label VP Records. The 18 track collective of works includes international hits including “Real Know Real”, “That’s What Loves About”, and soulful reggae remakes of mainstream pop songs, “Let Her Go”, and “I Cant Make You Love Me”. The tracks, “No More Distance” featuring Busy Signal, and “She Likes It” featuring Lady Saw, are also among requests for global airplay. The music video for “Real Know Real” is a well received favorite among fans. The song lyrics proclaiming, “real eyes realize real eyes” and visually depicting a different side of the artist. Typically known for his lover boy persona, the video shows his street side and what everyday life, for many, is like in Kingston, Jamaica. The said title has even prompted into a catch phrase in the streets of Kingston and has since, developed into an additional nickname for D-Major aka Mr. Real Know Real. In 2014, the artist marked his first headlining tour, which was a major success, performing in 9 cities, and 5 countries across Europe.