Grace Latoya Hamilton, better know by her stage name Spice, was born in Spanish Town, St. Catherine, Jamaica. She grew up in the Old Braeton community in Portmore, St. Catherine where she attended Breaton Junior High School and St. Catherine High School. While attending St. Catherine High School she won several gold medals for her music. After graduation she enrolled at the Edna Manley School for the Visual and Performing Arts to study voice and drama. She then began experimenting with dancehall music and deejaying and soon after generated interest in her community with her DJ abilities at local stage shows.
In 2000, veteran promoter, Heavy D from Supreme Promotions discovered her talents and wasted no time giving her the chance to perform – she seized the opportunity at Sting 2000 where she delivered an excellent performance in front of Sting.s usually vocal crowd and earned several encores. That night a dancehall star was born.
Charismatic and sexy, Spice has taken the dancehall scene by storm – equally impressive is the fact that she has done this in a male dominated genre of Jamaican music. Collaboration hit “Ramping Shop”, with dancehall king Vybz Kartel has helped enhance her popularity. The song became an overnight sensation and a fixture on the US Billboard R &B charts, debuting at # 96. The single also received immense rotation on mainstream urban stations including such as HOT 97 and POWER105.1 – all of which helped to boost her international appeal.