Grace Latoya Hamilton (born 6 August 1982), known professionally as Spice, is a Jamaican dancehall recording artist, singer and songwriter. born in Portmore, St. Catherine, Jamaica on 6 August 1982. As a child, she used to attend her church regularly and sing in the choir. While a student in St. Catherine High School, she participated the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC) music festival and earned several medals for her school. She later started performing at local stage shows in her community and its environs. After graduating, she enrolled at the Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts to study music and drama. Although she wanted to become a chartered accountant, she decided to pursue a music career.
In 2008, Spice toured Europe with Cham and Pinchers as part of the Madhouse Tour. Later that year, she toured Guyana for a show with dancehall artist Vybz Kartel. After returning to Jamaica, the two decided to do several collaborations together, including “Romping Shop” which samples “Miss Independent” by Ne-Yo. The song achieved international recognition, debuting on the Billboard Top 100 Singles. The song was also played on mainstream urban stations, including HOT 97, Power 105.1 and more. In early 2009, the song was banned by the Jamaica Broadcasting Corporation due to its explicit lyrical content.
In 2009, Spice received the Excellence in Music and Entertainment (EME) Award for “Female Deejay of the Year”. At the Youth View Awards, she won three awards: “Best Female Performer”, “Favourite Local Female Artiste” and “Young, Hot & Hype Female”. The same year, she signed to VP Records for a multi-album deal. She again received the “Female Deejay of the Year” award at the 2010 EME Awards. Her single “Slim vs. Fluffy” featuring dancehall artist Pamputtae peaked at number 1 on the Canadian Dancehall/Reggae Singles charts.
In 2011, Spice collaborated with dancehall artist Gappy Ranks on his single “Whatever We Like”. She later released the remix to her single “Fun” featuring rapper Missy Elliott and collaborated with singer Mýa on her song “Take Him Out” from Mýa’s sixth album K.I.S.S. (Keep It Sexy & Simple). She also performed alongside Mýa at Reggae Sumfest that year. In late 2013, Spice released her single “So Mi Like It”. The song became popular overseas and helped boost her career. She later released a remix of the song featuring rapper Busta Rhymes. The song was included in the Ragga Ragga Ragga 2014 compilation album, alongside her singles “Go Go” and “All The Way” featuring Elephant Man. Spice starred as Candy in her first theatrical feature film “Destiny”, which was released in 2014. She also recorded the song “No Push Over” for the film’s soundtrack.
As featured artist
“Nasty” (Kid Ink featuring Jeremih and Spice) (2016), “Jolly” (ASAP Ferg featuring Bunji Garlin and Spice) – Ferg Forever (2014), “Take Him Out” (Mýa featuring Spice) – K.I.S.S. (Keep It Sexy & Simple) (2012), “Ramping Shop” (Vybz Kartel featuring Spice) Pon di Gaza 2.0 (2009).