Chaka Demus Biography: Age, Wife, Children, Awards & Net Worth

Chaka Demus – Need Your Lovin

Stage Name Chaka Demus
Real Name John Taylor
Occupation Musician
Date Of Birth/Age 16th April, 1963 (60 years old)
Gender Male
Height 5.6 Inches
Weight 58.0 KG
Place of Birth Jamaica State
State of Origin Kingston, Jamaica
Nationality Jamaican
Marital Status Charmaine Taylor – (Wife)
Known for Need Your Lovin

Early Years & Career

Born as John Taylor on April 16, 1963, in West Kingston, Jamaica, Chaka Demus started his musical journey in the vibrant reggae scene of Kingston. His introduction to the music industry came through Prince Jammy, who gave him the opportunity to DJ on his sound system. In 1985, he released his debut single, “Increase Your Knowledge,” produced by Jammy. Despite initial obscurity, his talent was recognized by fellow musicians, notably Yellowman and Admiral Bailey, setting the stage for his rise in the reggae scene.

The release of “Everybody Loves The Chaka” in the same year, for the Scorpio label, marked a turning point. The 1989 album, “The Original Chaka ‘Watch me Ride,'” further solidified his presence in the reggae landscape.

Mainstream Success

Chaka Demus’ career took a significant turn in 1991 when he partnered with Pliers (Everton Bonner). This collaboration resulted in a highly successful period between 1993 and 1997, marked by hit singles and a chart-topping album in the UK. Notable tracks from this era include the iconic “Murder She Wrote.”

The duo briefly reunited in 2007 for the track “Need Your Lovin,” performed at the American Music Awards alongside Alicia Keys. Their album “So Proud” was released in 2008. Chaka Demus also ventured into solo work with the release of “DJ Spirit” in the same year.

Later Career

Chaka Demus continued to make significant contributions to the reggae scene. He established his own record label, Bright Star, where he released music by his son, known by the stage name Marvellous. The artist maintained an enduring partnership with Pliers, recording a new album in 2012 with guest appearances from Pliers, Marvellous, and Freddie McGregor.

In August 2013, Chaka Demus released “Second Coming” on the Fire and Ice label, a venture he co-owns with Winston Solomon.

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Solo Discography

  • The Original Chaka (1986), Witty
  • Everybody Loves the Chaka (1988), Black Scorpio
  • Reggae Dance Hall Sensation (1989), Rohit International
  • No. 1 (1991), Penthouse
  • Gal Wine (1992), VP
  • Bad Bad Chaka (1994), Mélodie Distribution
  • Second Coming (2013), Fire and Ice

Other Collaborations and Split Releases

Rough & Rugged (1988), Jammy’s/Super Power – split with Shabba Ranks

Current Endeavors

Chaka Demus remains active in the music scene, running his record label, Bright Star, and continuing to perform with Pliers. His dedication to reggae music and his enduring influence on the genre make him a respected figure in the global music community.

Chaka Demus and Pliers and Spanner Banner Backstage
Chaka Demus and Pliers and Spanner Banner Backstage


Chaka Demus was recognized as a winner at the 2021 ASCAP Latin Music Awards. He received this honor for the songs “LA TÓXICA” and “QUE TIRE PA LANTE.

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Wife & Kids

Chaka Demus met his wife, Charmaine Taylor, when they were both 17 years old, on Kintyre Road in Papine. They attended different schools. Reflecting on their relationship, Chaka Demus described Charmaine as his ‘Sweet Caroline’ and more, emphasizing her exceptional qualities. He expressed admiration for her prioritization of their children, highlighting her excellent money management skills and reliability in times of need. Chaka Demus stated that they made a good decision when they got married on April 27, 1991.

Net Worth

Different sources provide an estimated value called net worth. What is Chaka Demus’ net worth? As of 2023, Chaka Demus’ net worth is 75 million dollars.

Facts & Stats

First Song: Increase Your Knowledge

Genre: Reggae


  • Help Them Lord – 2001
  • Gal Wine Wine Wine – 1992
  • Dangerous – 2001
  • Back Against The Wall – 2005
  • Tease Me – 1992
  • Run The City – 2006

The year he started Singing: 1985

Hit songs: One Scotch, Billie Jean Remix, Murder She Wrote

Languages: Deutsch. Español. Français. Italiano.

Social Media: Instagram