Complete List of Craig David Albums And Discography

Craig David Albums

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Craig David, born on May 5, 1981, in Southampton, Hampshire, England, is a distinguished figure in the music industry, renowned for his seamless integration of R&B, garage, and pop. David’s influence in music is marked by his smooth vocals, catchy melodies, and innovative fusion of genres, which have played a pivotal role in shaping the UK garage and R&B scenes. His contributions have been acknowledged through various awards, including multiple MOBO Awards and BRIT Award nominations, highlighting his impact and accomplishments in the music world.

David’s entry into the music industry was marked by the release of his debut single “Fill Me In” in 2000, which topped the UK charts, followed by his debut album Born to Do It in the same year. The album was a commercial success, further establishing his presence in the music scene. Over his career, Craig David has released a total of seven studio albums, alongside a number of EPs, live albums, and compilations, showcasing his adaptability and longevity in the music industry.

His music draws inspiration from a variety of artists, including Stevie Wonder and Terence Trent D’Arby, whose influences can be heard in David’s soulful melodies and intricate vocal harmonies. In turn, David’s innovative approach to music and genre blending has influenced a new generation of artists, underscoring his role as a pivotal figure in the evolution of contemporary R&B and garage music.

CRAIG DAVID STUDIO ALBUMS

Born to Do It

Released August 14, 2000

Craig David’s debut album, Born to Do It, marked a significant moment in the UK garage and R&B scene. Released in 2000, it brought a fresh sound, blending smooth R&B with garage rhythms, which resonated with a wide audience. The album was a commercial success, debuting at number one on the UK Albums Chart and eventually becoming the fastest-selling debut album by a British male solo artist, a record it held for over a decade.

The album was primarily recorded at the iconic Olympic Studios in London, with sessions spanning from 1999 to 2000. Craig David not only showcased his vocal talents but also his songwriting skills, co-writing most of the tracks. The album’s production was handled by Mark Hill and Pete Devereux of the Artful Dodger.

CD Track Listings:

  1. “Fill Me In” – 4:16. Best track on the album in our opinion!
  2. “Can’t Be Messing ‘Round” – 3:54
  3. “Rendezvous” – 4:37
  4. “7 Days” – 3:55
  5. “Follow Me” – 4:01
  6. “Last Night” – 4:31
  7. “Walking Away” – 3:24
  8. “Time to Party” – 4:05
  9. “Booty Man” – 3:48
  10. “Once in a Lifetime” – 3:30
  11. “You Know What” – 3:34
  12. “Rewind” – 5:33

Slicker Than Your Average

Released November 19, 2002

Craig David’s second studio album, Slicker Than Your Average, was released in 2002. While it didn’t quite match the commercial heights of his debut, it was still a significant release, showcasing David’s maturation as an artist and a move towards a more mainstream R&B sound. The album saw David experimenting with broader musical styles, including hip hop and dance, while retaining his signature smooth vocals and catchy melodies.

Recorded mainly at Wessex Sound Studios in London, with additional sessions at several other studios between 2001 and 2002, Slicker Than Your Average featured a more diverse array of producers. Alongside Mark Hill, Trevor Henry (known professionally as Trell), and Anthony Marshall contributed significantly to the album’s production. This diversity in production brought a new depth to David’s sound, with tracks ranging from upbeat dance numbers to more introspective R&B tunes.

CD Track Listings:

  1. “Slicker Than Your Average” – 5:59 – Best track on the album in our opinion!
  2. “What’s Your Flava?” – 3:36
  3. “Fast Cars” – 4:16
  4. “Hidden Agenda” – 3:52
  5. “Eenie Meenie” – 5:04
  6. “You Don’t Miss Your Water (‘Til the Well Runs Dry)” – 5:20
  7. “Rise & Fall” (featuring Sting) – 4:47
  8. “Personal” – 5:24
  9. “Hands Up in the Air” – 4:05
  10. “2 Steps Back” – 3:48
  11. “Spanish” – 5:03
  12. “What’s Changed” – 4:40
  13. “World Filled with Love” – 3:44

The Story Goes…

Released August 22, 2005

In 2005, Craig David released his third studio album, The Story Goes…, which marked a return to the more R&B-focused sound of his debut. This album was reflective and personal, dealing with themes of love, heartbreak, and growth. While it didn’t achieve the same commercial success as his previous albums, it was praised for its mature songwriting and solid production.

Recording sessions for The Story Goes… took place primarily at Metropolis Studios in London, during 2004 and 2005. Producers on this album included Mark Hill and Soulshock & Karlin, the latter known for their work with top R&B artists. This album signaled a return to David’s R&B roots but with a contemporary twist, incorporating elements of pop and soul.

CD Track Listings:

  1. “All the Way” – 3:55
  2. “Don’t Love You No More (I’m Sorry)” – 4:04 Best track on the album in our opinion!
  3. “Hypnotic” – 4:19
  4. “Separate Ways” – 4:20
  5. “Johnny” – 4:20
  6. “Do You Believe in Love” – 3:47
  7. “One Last Dance” – 3:47
  8. “Unbelievable” – 3:20
  9. “Just Chillin'” – 4:41
  10. “Thief in the Night” – 4:26
  11. “Take ‘Em Off” – 4:05
  12. “My Love Don’t Stop” – 4:13
  13. “Never Should Have Walked Away” – 4:20
  14. “Let Her Go” – 4:18

Trust Me

Released November 12, 2007

Trust Me, released in 2007, showcased Craig David evolving his sound further, incorporating elements of Cuban rhythms and a generally more upbeat, positive vibe. This album, while diverging slightly from his R&B roots, was well received for its refreshing sound and high production values.

Recorded in Havana, Cuba, and London, Trust Me was produced by Martin Terefe and Fraser T Smith, known for their work with a variety of pop and indie artists. The Cuban influence is evident in the use of horns and percussion throughout the album, adding a vibrant, energetic layer to David’s smooth vocals. This fusion of sounds demonstrated David’s willingness to experiment and evolve as an artist.

CD Track Listings:

  1. “Hot Stuff (Let’s Dance)” – 3:39
  2. “6 of 1 Thing” – 3:47
  3. “Friday Night” – 3:33
  4. “Awkward” (featuring Rita Ora) – 3:37  -Best track on the album in our opinion!
  5. “Just a Reminder” – 3:48
  6. “Officially Yours” – 3:55
  7. “Kinda Girl for Me” – 3:48
  8. “She’s on Fire” – 5:04
  9. “Don’t Play with Our Love” – 3:57
  10. “Top of the Hill” – 3:54
  11. “This is the Girl” (featuring Kano) – 4:11

Signed Sealed Delivered

Released March 29, 2010

In 2010, Craig David released Signed Sealed Delivered, his fifth studio album. This album was a departure from his original style, featuring covers of Motown classics. David paid homage to the artists and songs that influenced him, delivering his unique interpretations while retaining the essence of the original tracks.

The album was recorded primarily in London and Los Angeles and featured production from the likes of Mark Taylor and David Frank. This project was a labor of love for David, as he reimagined these timeless tracks with a contemporary R&B twist, showcasing his versatility as a vocalist and his deep respect for the genre’s roots.

CD Track Listings:

  1. “One More Lie (Standing in the Shadows)” – 3:04
  2. “Signed, Sealed, Delivered (I’m Yours)” – 3:21
  3. “All Alone Tonight (Stop, Look, Listen)” – 3:31
  4. “I Heard It Through the Grapevine” – 3:38
  5. “Just My Imagination” – 4:04
  6. “For Once in My Life” – 3:34
  7. “(Sittin’ On) The Dock of the Bay” – 3:23
  8. “Mercy Mercy Me” – 3:33
  9. “I Wonder Why” – 4:19
  10. “Papa Was a Rollin’ Stone” – 3:59
  11. “Let’s Stay Together” – 3:37
  12. “This Could Be Love” – 3:24

Following My Intuition

Released September 30, 2016

After a significant hiatus, Craig David made a triumphant return with Following My Intuition in 2016. This album marked a resurgence in his career, blending contemporary sounds with his signature UK garage and R&B style. The album was a testament to David’s ability to evolve and stay relevant in a rapidly changing music landscape.

The production of Following My Intuition saw a collaboration with a variety of producers, including Kaytranada, Sigala, and Hardwell, showcasing a diverse range of influences. The recording took place in multiple studios, reflecting the album’s eclectic nature. Notable among these locations was London’s iconic Abbey Road Studios.

Following My Intuition was a commercial success, debuting at number one on the UK Albums Chart. This marked David’s first number one album since his debut. The album was celebrated for its catchy tracks like “Ain’t Giving Up” and “One More Time,” which appealed to both old fans and a new generation.

CD Track Listings:

  1. “Ain’t Giving Up” (with Sigala) – 2:38
  2. “When the Bassline Drops” (with Big Narstie) – 3:05
  3. “Don’t Go” – 3:27
  4. “16” – 3:48
  5. “Couldn’t Be Mine” – 3:01
  6. “One More Time” – 3:14
  7. “Change My Love” – 3:24
  8. “Nothing Like This” (with Blonde) – 3:03
  9. “Got It Good” (with Kaytranada) – 3:49
  10. “All We Needed” – 3:34
  11. “Louder Than Words” – 4:05
  12. “What If” – 3:39
  13. “Like a Fan” – 3:57
  14. “Better with You” – 3:13

The Time Is Now

Released January 26, 2018

In 2018, Craig David released The Time Is Now, an album that continued to demonstrate his adaptability and relevance in the modern music scene. This album fused classic R&B with contemporary pop and dance music elements. The overarching theme of the album was about seizing the moment and living in the present, a philosophy David embraced in his personal and professional life.

The album featured collaborations with artists such as Bastille, AJ Tracey, and JP Cooper, showcasing David’s ability to bridge different genres and styles. Producers like Jonas Blue and Fraser T Smith contributed to the album’s fresh and dynamic sound. Recording locations varied, including studios in London and Los Angeles, highlighting the international scope of the project.

The Time Is Now received a positive reception for its upbeat, positive vibes and its mix of club tracks and soulful ballads. The album performed well commercially, reaching number two on the UK Albums Chart.

CD Track Listings:

  1. “Magic” – 2:52
  2. “Heartline” – 3:12
  3. “Brand New” – 2:44
  4. “Going On” – 3:24
  5. “Love Me Like It’s Yesterday” – 3:32
  6. “For the Gram” – 3:54
  7. “Get Involved” (feat. JP Cooper) – 3:09
  8. “I Know You” (feat. Bastille) – 3:34
  9. “Live in the Moment” (feat. GoldLink) – 3:06
  10. “Love Will Come Around” – 3:14
  11. “Somebody Like Me” (feat. AJ Tracey) – 2:54
  12. “Focus” – 2:56
  13. “Reload” (with Chase & Status) – 3:10
  14. “Talk to Me” – 3:17
  15. “Talk to Me Pt. II” (feat. Ella Mai) – 3:27

22

Released July 22, 2022

22, released in 2022, marked the twenty-second anniversary of Craig David’s music career and his seventh studio album. The title reflects both the years he’s been in the industry and the album being a celebration of his journey. This album saw David returning to his roots while also experimenting with contemporary sounds.

Collaborations on 22 included artists and producers like MNEK and Tre Jean-Marie. The recording sessions took place in various locations, including studios in London and Miami, highlighting David’s continued international appeal.

The album was met with enthusiasm from fans and critics alike, who appreciated David’s ability to maintain his core musical identity while exploring new sounds and themes. Tracks like “Who You Are” and “G Love” were particularly noted for their fusion of classic Craig David style with modern production.

CD Track Listings:

  1. “Teardrops” – 3:24
  2. “DNA” – 3:06
  3. “Who You Are” – 3:19
  4. “G Love” – 3:02
  5. “Give It All Up” – 3:05
  6. “Back to Basics” – 3:07
  7. “My Heart’s Been Waiting for You” – 3:28
  8. “Talk to Me” – 3:17
  9. “Obvious” – 3:20
  10. “21” – 3:11
  11. “What More Could I Ask For?” – 3:20
  12. “Come Alive” – 3:23
  13. “G Love Pt. II” – 3:08
  14. “Who Are You” (Bonus Track) – 3:19

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