He brought U.K. dance music to the masses with ''Born to Do It''

By Rob Brunner
Updated December 17, 2001 at 05:00 AM EST
Craig David Photograph by Phil Knott

AGE 20
MOMENT OF ARRIVAL His hit single ”Fill Me In” is one of the best fusions of pop and U.K. dance music to hit American charts in years. ”Born to Do It”’s second single, ”7 Days,” is shaping up to be another smash.
WHAT FAME HAS BROUGHT Media scrutiny. ”Things aren’t the same as they used to be,” says the U.K.-based singer. ”I can’t just walk around the streets, do the normal things I used to do. But I haven’t changed. It’s not like I wouldn’t like to walk into the newsagent’s, walk into a record store and just buy records. I’m trying to be as normal as anyone, but the environment doesn’t allow me to. I never thought there’d be a day where I’d meet a girl and then the next day I’d have reporters knocking at my door, that it would be in the papers I’m seeing this girl, like it’s big news.”
PREVIOUS JOB ”I was a tele-canvasser.” A what? ”Somebody who phones people up at home saying ‘Do you want to buy double-glazed windows?’ Once, I phoned someone and they said, ‘You know what? I’m at home, and you’re phoning me while I’m just trying to chill. How about if I phone you back when you’re trying to relax at home and we can talk about windows then?’ I thought, This person’s so right. I had nothing to say.”
WHAT’S NEXT A new album, due in 2002. ”I’m trying to take it slightly in a new direction. I want it to be a bit harder, be a bit more club.”