Finley Quaye

Genres: Electronic & Ambient R&B / Soul Reggae
Tags: reggae indie chillout singer-songwriter pop rock british trip-hop Powered by AudioScrobbler
Decades: 2000s


25 March 1974, Edinburgh, Scotland. Quaye comes from a musical background with Ghanaian lineage - his father is the jazz singer/pianist Cab Kaye, while his brother Caleb Quaye played guitar for Hookfoot and Elton John in the 70s, followed by a stint with Hall And Oates in the 80s. Quaye was raised in Manchester and on leaving school he returned to Edinburgh, where he worked as a paint sprayer, and often drove to Newcastle to attend gigs by artists such as 808 State and Soft Cell. Moving back to Manchester, he embarked on a BTEC course in music and sound engineering, but did not complete his tuition. He briefly relocated to London where he joined the Donga Tribe and practised drumming. His aspirations towards a singing career began when he returned to Manchester, where he voiced a track for A Guy Called Gerald in one take. Shortly after the session, he returned to Edinburgh, where he unexpectedly heard the track on the radio, and subsequently began listening to dub...

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