Following their chart-topping, Grammy Award-winning collaborative album, 44/876, Sting & Shaggy reunite to release a new, festive reggae song entitled ‘Silent Night (Christmas is Coming)’ which is out now via all digital platforms. The duo’s new version adds a little Jamaican sunshine to the classic Christmas hymn ‘Silent Night’ and you can check it out below.
To kick off the holiday season, the iconic duo, both managed by The Cherrytree Music Company, will debut ‘Silent Night (Christmas Is Coming)’ with an enchanting performance on ABC’s Wonderful World of Disney: Magical Holiday Celebration which broadcasts on Thursday, 28 November (8:00 – 10:00PM/EST).
Sting and Shaggy’s 44/876 album was released on 20 April 2018 by A&M Records, Interscope Records and Cherrytree Records. The album’s title refers to the country calling code for the United Kingdom (+44) and the North American area code for Jamaica (876), Sting’s and Shaggy’s respective home countries.
In the United Kingdom, 44/876 debuted at number nine on the UK Albums Chart, marking Sting’s first top 10-album since Sacred Love (2003), and Shaggy’s first since 2001’s Hot Shot.
Sting and Shaggy were initially introduced by Martin Kierszenbaum, Sting’s manager and Shaggy’s former A&R executive. After Sting heard a new track Shaggy was working on, they decided to go into the studio together. Initially, the plan was only to record ‘Don’t Make Me Wait,’ but the rhythms, lyrics and melodies flowed readily between these two accomplished musicians and, as a result, more new songs emerged.
To realise 44/876, Sting and Shaggy were joined in the studio by musicians and writers from Jamaica and New York including the legendary Robbie Shakespeare of Sly and Robbie, dancehall sensation Aidonia, DJ Agent Sasco and Sting’s long-time guitarist, Dominic Miller as well as writers Tyrantula, Dwayne ‘iLLwayno’ Shippy, Shane ‘Gold Tips’ Hoosong, Machine Gun Funk and Patexx.
The album went on to win the Best Reggae Album award at the 61st Grammy Awards in February 2019.