Finley Quaye

from Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Finley Quaye (born March 25, 1974 in Leith , Edinburgh ) is a British musician. In 1997 he won the MOBO Award in the “Best Reggae” category and in 1998 the Brit Award for the best British male solo artist.


Quaye is the son of the jazz musician Cab Kaye and his wife Sharon McGowan, the brother of the well-known guitarist Caleb Quaye and the jazz musician Terri Quaye .

Born in Leith, Quaye went to school in London, Manchester and Edinburgh. Nevertheless, he finished school without a degree. Before getting into music recording, he worked as a car painter for a while.

Quaye was inspired by jazz musicians such as Pete King , Ronnie Scott and Lionel Hampton early in his childhood . In addition, Duke Ellington Quayes was godfather. Quaye listened to a lot of jazz during his childhood in London, encouraged by his mother, who regularly took him to Ronnie Scott's legendary jazz club performances by American jazz musicians who toured Europe. His mother introduced him to Lionel Hampton in Edinburgh. Duke Ellington had a decisive influence on Quaye's life and musical outlook. Quaye was on tour with his band in Amsterdam when he first met his father.

Quaye has been tried several times for violent attacks.


Quaye signed a solo recording deal with Polydor Records and moved to New York City. He switched to Epic / Sony when Polydor let him out of the contract. At the end of 1997 he reached the top 20 of the British singles chart twice in a row with Sunday Shining (cover version of Bob Marley's Sun Is Shining ) and Even After All . He cemented his reputation as a musician with Maverick a Strike , a daring but accessible album that was released in September 1997. In less than three weeks after publication, it was awarded gold - currently 2 × platinum - and ultimately led him to win the Brit Awards . Two more albums were released on Epic, Vanguard (2000) and Much More Than Much Love (2004).

In 2004 he succeeded in collaboration with William Orbit with Dice another hit, the fame of which can mainly be attributed to its use in the final scene of the 14th episode of the first season of OC, California . The piece is based on Beth Orton's Roll the Dice from 1993.


The industry magazine MusikWoche wrote of an "unconventional mixture of reggae, retro soul, African rootbeats and current DJ rhythms".


Studio albums

year title Top ranking, total weeks, awardChartsChart placements
(Year, title, rankings, weeks, awards, notes)
1997 Maverick a Strike UK3
Double platinum
× 2
Double platinum

(64 weeks)UK
2000 Vanguard UK35 (3 weeks)
2004 Much More Than Much Love UK56 (2 weeks)

More studio albums

  • 2012: 28th February Rd.
  • 2014: Royal Rasses
  • 2017: Straight from the Country


  • 2011: The Best of the Epic Years 1995-2003


  • 2005: Oranges and Lemons
  • 2008: Pound for Pound


year Title
Top ranking, total weeks, awardChartsChart placements
(Year, title, album , rankings, weeks, awards, notes)
1997 Sunday Shining
Maverick A Strike
UK16 (6 weeks)
Even After All
Maverick A Strike
UK10 (6 weeks)
It's Great When We're Together
Maverick A Strike
UK29 (6 weeks)
1998 Your Love Gets Sweeter
Maverick A Strike
UK16 (5 weeks)
Ultra stimulation
Maverick A Strike
UK51 (2 weeks)
2000 Spiritualized
UK26 (3 weeks)
When I Burn Off Into The Distance
UK80 (1 week)

More singles

  • 1993: Finley's Rainbow
  • 2004: Dice
  • 2006: For My Children's Love
  • 2012: Shine

Web links

Individual evidence

  2. David Scott: Faded pop star spared jail for racist attack. October 24, 2012, accessed December 2, 2019 .
  3. ^ Brit winner Finley Quaye sentenced for bar attack . October 14, 2019 ( [accessed December 2, 2019]).
  4. Finley Quaye 'called B&B guests c *** s & climbed building in boozy rampage'. October 1, 2019, Retrieved December 2, 2019 (UK English).
  5. ^ A b Covers of Sun Is Shining by Bob Marley and The Wailers., accessed August 12, 2020 .
  6. ^ Ralf Dombrowski: Finley Quaye. Newcomer with many talents . In: MusikWoche . The news magazine for the music industry. No. 2–3 / 1998 , January 12, 1998, Szene, p. 30 .
  7. a b Chart sources: UK
  8. a b Music Sales Awards: UK