Windel Beneto Edwards, popularly known as Gyptian, was born on the 25th of October 1983, in the King Weston District of St Andrew. Gyptian was born to a Seventh-day Adventist mother and Rastafarian father. Gyptian received his musical calling at the age of seven, when he began singing in the church. Recognizing his talent, his parents introduced him to Mr. Wong, a record producer from Portmore, St. Catherine. “I did not take it seriously,” said GyptianPortmore “My family members have always been carrying me to to see him, but I usually disappear. One day, they dropped me off at his studio and left me and it all began there.”
Under the guidance of Mr. Wong and Earl Chinna Smith, Gyptian2004 Star Search honed his sound, winning the talent competition at Kens Wild Flower Lounge in Portmore, earning him a spot on Sting 2004.
He earned his name for his habit of tying a shirt around his head and twisting his chin hair like an Egyptian Pharaoh, the young singer was very protective of keeping his sound 100% Gyptian. In that regard he quoted this “you have to think about what people think and how they feel, the real things that people see. Any track at all you hear from Gyptian, right by my fingers out of my head”.
In 2005 he scored two hits, “Is There A Place” on the Seasons Riddim and “Serious Times”. The latter was considered by many people to be the best reggae song in 2005 beating out Damian Marley’s, “Welcome To Jamrock”.
Since being nominated in the category for Best New Entertainer by the International Reggae and World Music Awards, organisers in 2006. The talented singer has been dominating the Jamacian charts with hits including “Is There a Place”, “Beautiful Lady”, and the chart-topping ballad, “Mama, Don’t Cry”.
Gyptian style of reggae music and vocal delivery are considered lovers rock and roots reggae, the lyrics of his songs are about political issues and love. Gyptian and his brand of music are grouped in the category as established artistes, such as Sizzla, Luciano and Beres Hammond.
On the 12 of September 2006, Gyptian released his debut album on VP Records. On the 12 of December that same year, Gyptian,New YorkCity, while in shot the music video for his new single, “I Can Feel Your Pain” on the Cloud Nine Riddim. This song is confirmed to appear on his upcoming new album, which is to be released in 2008.