Orville Thomas, aka Da’Ville, is a tall, slender twenty-five year old singing sensation from Kingston, Jamaica. He started singing at the tender age of twelve while in high school. “It all began for me when I became a member of my high school choir, singing at the morning devotions in front of a large school audience. It doesn’t get any better than that”, he said. “Being on the school choir is like my first dream come true.”
Upon graduating from high school, DaVille knew he wanted to pursue a music career. He and four other young men formed a group called ARP. These five energetic men went from winning talent shows to recording songs, such as “Lion Sleeps Tonight”, which made it big in Jamaica and Europe, “Missing you”, “Heaven on Earth” performed with Beenie Man on the album “Many Moods of Moses”, and “Why Me Lord” performed with Shaggy on his platinum album “Hot Shot”, for which they received credits.
Da’Ville, the lead singer for the group and an independent young man, works hard for the betterment of his family. He spoke lovingly of his mother, who he said gave him reasons for trying so hard, of his sister, who he only describes as his heartstring, and of his grandmother, who taught him how to pray and believe in God. He is from a strong musical background; his dad was a singing star in the 70’s. He recorded songs that filled the airwaves in Jamaica and abroad. “I’m the first of seven children. My dad has always been an influence on me and he urged me to go out and seek whatever I wanted out of life and to be the best at it. I recorded my first song for him.” he added, “It was my first real recording. It was like handing me the musical baton”.
Da’Ville knows what he wants to achieve. With great determination he became a solo artist, recording a number of songs, such as “All My Life” (originally perform by Aaron Neville), which he perform with Marcia Griffiths (formally a back-up singer for Bob Marley), winning a Reggae Soca Award in Miami.
Da’Ville is a singer, song writer and composer of reggae, pop/rock and love songs. These songs come from his life experiences. He loves conscious, positive music. Da’ville is inspired by Bob Marley, Maxi Priest, Lenny Kravitz, Beres Hammond, Michael Jackson, Sade and D’Angelo.
Over the years, Da’ville has recorded a number of songs that filled the airwaves in Jamaica and abroad. He has performed in several stage shows in Jamaica and has had many appearances abroad. He strongly believes that he has gained the experience and that his music has matured to the point that will take him to the next level. Indeed, with Da’Ville’s determination and cool lyric style, he will reach across a wide range of listeners. DaVille is steadfast in his career goals, never limit himself and likes trying different things. His biggest dream is to take his music to a place where no one else has gone and to be an inspiration to others, the way so many artists have inspired him.