Romain Virgo (born 24 January 1990) is a singer from Jamaica, specializing in the lovers rock style of reggae music and past competitor of local music competition called Rising Stars.
Virgo hails from Stepney in Saint Ann Parish. At Aabuthnott Gallimore High School he sang on the school choir, with which he participated in the television choir contest All Together Sing in 2006. As a solo singer he won the Digicel Rising Stars competition in 2007, two months before his graduation from high school. At 17 years old, he was the youngest contestant to ever win top prize at the competition, which included a JA$1,000,000 prize (the equivalent of 6656 euros) and a recording contract with Greensleeves Records. A few weeks after winning the competition, Virgo met Donovan Germain who produced his first hit record “Mi Caan Sleep” on the Penthouse label. Several hit singles followed, including “Wanna Go Home”, “Live Mi Life”, and “Alton’s Medley”. In June 2010, VP Records released his debut self-titled album.
After winning the Digicel competition, Virgo performed at dances and stageshows, including Rebel Salute, Passa Passa, and Weddy Weddy. In the autumn of 2010, he joined fellow artists Capleton and Munga on a tour of the United States. In addition to his music career, Virgo is pursuing his bachelor’s degree at the Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts in Kingston, majoring in voice and minoring in keyboard.
In 2014 his cover version of Sam Smith’s “Stay With Me” produced by Nicholas Browne of Lifeline Music, topped the charts in several Caribbean countries. Virgo as a young boy growing up in rural Saint Ann emulated his cousin Bryan Art, an established singer and musician who specializes in Lover’s Rock and Roots Reggae.
Virgo’s 2018 album Lovesick gave him his first number one album on the Billboard Reggae Albums chart.