Sugar Black started his musical career at a very young age. As a child he was a member of his school choir, where he was singled out for his talent and began performing as lead vocalist. In 1979 his family moved from rural Westmoreland to Kingston and it was there that he was introduced to the sound system. At age 12 he became the youngest apprentice of the Black Star Sound System. In 1995 Sugar Black started recording for Tony Rebel's Flames Production and released a series of singles including the 1997 hit "Oh Jah".