The Dougie Simpson
Dougie was born in Bedstuy Brooklyn at Brooklyn Jewish Hospital and grew up on the borderline of "Crown Heights & East Flatbush which boasts the largest Caribbean population in the US! His musical beginnings started in the Boys Choir at The Church of St. Marks enjoying the Episcopalians hymns and singing in harmony with the other choir members.
Dougie’s mother, the late Merle Emmeline Christian Simpson, was his first fan and “discovered me as a “singer,” when she discovered I had great pitch and that I could harmonize, while she was cooking rice and peas, and curry goat. She promptly took him to the boy’s Choir Director at their church The Church of St. Marks. Dougie comes from a family of gospel singers and would sing with the church choir at St. Johns Anglican Church as a youth on summer visits to the family hometown in St. Croix.
1990 - Began working with Harmony Sound Systems out of Cleveland doing Dub Plates a “gig” where a sound engineer hires a singer to sing and compose jingles to advertise their sounds system
1993 - Formed the Dougie Simpson & The Surge Band who played throughout the Midwest.
1994 - Founded Dougie Simpson & Mega Fresh
1997 - Featured singer with Dub Enforcement Agency
1998 - Released an EP Faith with R.E.N. sound labs.
1999 - Joined The Flex Crew, sharing the stage with Damon Bridge Arterbridge, Ras Baraka Ben Levi/ Pupa D, “DeTree D’z”. The group still performs together when schedules allow.
“I write about love and spirituality. Two of the best things in life…….Yes, Steamy Lovers Rock” sprinkled with “Social Commentary”, themes, and experiences that most can identify with."
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Dougie’s delivery has been compared and categories as the Jamaican singing styles made popular by Dennis Brown, Frankie Paul, Lucianoe “Bushman”. But Simpson will not be categorized or “put in a box”. He has his own style and avenues of expression that emanate from within.
Musical Influences Include Luther Vandross, Young Michael Jackson, Dennis Brown, Frankie Paul, Beres Hammond, Bob Marley, Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett and the old R&B groups of the 60s, 70s, and 90s.