Last Updated on September 8, 2018 by mybiohub
Jamaican dancehall recording artist, singer and songwriter Grace Latoya Hamilton professionally known as Spice was born August 6, 1982 in St. Catherine, Jamaica and raised in Portmore. She lost her father at a young age of 9 and had to live with her grandparents in Finsbury Park, London where she schooled for some time before returning to Jamaica.
She has two children with her boyfriend Nicholas Lall whom she was engaged to in 2009 but the engagement was called of in 2016.
As a child, Spice lead the church choir and frequently participated in the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC) festival in the music category and earned several medals throughout the years. With this great love for music, she enrolled at Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts to study music and drama.
She made a debut in her career after she was given the opportunity to perform at the annual dancehall festival Sting in 2000 and after releasing her controversial single “Romping Shop” with Vybz Kartel in 2009. Her popularity then continued to grow after releasing her single “So Mi Like It” in 2014.
In 2011, Spice was featured on Gappy Ranks’s “Whatever We Like”, released as a bonus track on his album Thanks & Praise. She later released a remix for her song “Fun” featuring rapper Missy Elliott and collaborated with Mýa on the single “Take Him Out” from Mýa’s sixth album K.I.S.S. (Keep It Sexy & Simple). Spice also performed the song with Mýa at Reggae Sumfest that year.
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In 2009, Spice received the Excellence in Music and Entertainment (EME) Award for “Female Deejay of the Year”. At the Youth View Awards in Jamaica, she won three awards: “Best Female Performer”, “Favourite Local Female Artiste” and “Young, Hot & Hype Female”. In July 2009, she signed to VP Records for a multi-album deal. She again received the “Female Deejay of the Year” award at the 2010 EME Awards. She also received the award for “Best Female Dancehall Artist” at the 34th Annual International Reggae and World Music Awards (IRAWMA).
As an actress, Spice starred as Candy in her first theatrical feature film “Destiny”, which was released on April 2, 2014. She also recorded the song “No Push Over” for the film’s soundtrack. Her debut extended play So Mi Like It, named after the single of the same name, was released through VP Records on November 28, 2014. The music video for “Conjugal Visit” garnered over 2 million views on WorldStarHipHop within one day. The same month, she was featured along with soca artist Bunji Garlin on rapper ASAP Ferg’s song “Jolly” from his mixtape Ferg Forever. In May 2015, Spice released her single “Needle Eye”, which serves as a tribute to Shabba Ranks’s 1987 single of the same name.
In May 2016, Spice was featured alongside Jeremih on Kid Ink’s single “Nasty”. In June of 2016, she released her single “Indicator”, based on a dance move of the same name. For 2016’s Red Bull Culture Clash, Spice joined forces with Mixpak and won the clash over Wiz Khalifa & Taylor Gang and others. Spice is working on her debut album, currently titled Spice It Up, and has released the first single from the album “Sheet”. In June 2017, she appeared on a remix of Jax Jones’s “You Don’t Know Me”.
Spice opened her clothing boutique “Spicey Couture” in Kingston and later opened a branch in May Pen, Clarendon and in other locations in Jamaica. The brand offers shipping to the US, UK and Canada through its website. She also opened a beauty salon called “Spicey Salon” in Kingston.
In June 2010, Spice opened a sports bar and lounge called “8 Ball”, located in her hometown Portmore and launched a clothing line as part of the promotion of her single “Needle Eye” in 2015.