Gyptian (born Windel Beneto Edwards 25 October, 1983) is a Jamaican reggae artist, known for his blend of roots reggae, lovers rock and dancehall, three very dominant subgenres in reggae music. While growing up in Jamaica, he discovered he had a talent for music and began singing at his church as early as age 7. His parents introduced him to Mr. Wong, a record producer from St. Catharine, who became his mentor. By the time he hit his twenties, he had honed his style and began to take his music very seriously. He won a Star Search talent show held in Portmore, St. Catharine in 2004, and a slew of opportunities opened up for him as a result of winning, including spots on very prominent reggae shows.
In 2005, he released two singles: "Is There A Place," and "Serious Times." Since 2006, he has been a regular entry on Jamaican charts, and he released his first album the same year, entitled My Name is Gyptian. In 2010, he managed to score a minor hit on the US Charts with "Hold Yuh," which peaked at #77. It also peaked at #69 in Canada, and even has begun to gain a considerable amount of airplay in the UK. His 2010 album, Hold Yuh, has also become an underground reggae hit in the US & the UK.
Gyptian is a devoted Rastafarian, and still resides in his native Jamaica. He is currently single. He earned the nickname Gyptian because of a habit of tying his shirt around his head and twisting his chin hair, a gesture reminiscent of an Ancient Egyptian pharaoh.