The 2009 Digicel Rising Stars winner was born in New Ramble, St James and honed her singing skills at the Bogue Hill Seventh-Day Adventist Church.
Mother of a three-year-old son, she has worked hard to balance her maternal responsibilities and her burgeoning music career.
She is no stranger to the Montego Bay music scene and has been performing in the second city regularly since 2003 after graduating from the Herbert Morrison Technical High School. She started out doing regular gigs in Montego Bay at the Brewery, later settling down to full-time employment as a band singer at The Coral Cliff, on the Hip Strip.
With the backing of her band Jumanji, Brown Sugar won the hearts of both locals and visitors alike in Montego Bay, while building a solid and credible reputation as a band singer. She worked as a back-up singer for Da'Ville in 2005, and after a short stint started working with her current mentor, Tanya Stephens.
Sugar accompanied Tanya whenever she traveled abroad performing and got an excellent opportunity for honing her craft in the process. She toured Europe in the summer of 2007 and 2008 and has worked on numerous shows in the Caribbean. To top it off, she has performed in Gambia and Tanzania on the African continent where she gained an even greater experience visiting her ancestorial homeland.
Locally, she has appeared on Reggae Sumfest and Junior Gong's signature show Welcome to Jamrock, as well as Rebel Salute 2010. All these performances have prepared the singer for her present journey as a solo act. Boasting a strong voice and a sultry, sexy persona, Shuga represents the next generation of reggae and dancehall stars. She draws inspiration from her mentor Tanya Stephens and her idol Mariah Carey.
She believes that she is ready for the main stage, "I entered Digicel Rising Stars to get out and show people that I am here. I thought Digicel Rising Stars was the right way to kick-off my career. Now that I have won I want to make the best of the opportunity as a lot of Jamaicans support me and I don't want to disappoint them," says Brown Sugar. In what was a nail-biting finish, more than one million Jamaicans tuned in to watch Brown Sugar take the Digicel Rising Stars crown and judging by her performances on the show, her star is set to shine brighter.
Brown Sugar has currently changed her name and is now simply called Shuga. She has also been working with two of Jamaica’s top hit making producers, Donovan Germain from Penthouse Records and Paul “Computer Paul” Henton of Bootcamp Records. Her new hit single “Young Hearts Run Free” was produced by Computer Paul and from all indications will be the single to spearhead her career to another level. Shuga is here!