Dennis Anthony Lawrence.AkA. TonyD Clutheye was born in Spanish Town . At an early age TonyD Clutcheye discovered a great love for music and, inspired by the likes of Stitchie decided that the entertainment industry would be his career path. Tony D Clutcheye started out deejaying on local sound system King Sonic, aspiring to capture the rapid fire delivery of his idols. He would have continued along this path if not for a revelation he experienced after hearing dancehall singer Wayne Wonder on the radio. Toasting dreams were instantly replaced by the need to create melodies, to ride octaves, to traverse the scales, to produce a joyous and moving vibe that would take listeners to another place. With this new purpose in mind, TonyD Clutcheye spent a great deal of time studying the vocal styling of various established singers, mimicking at first, then eventually crafting his own unique approach.
TonyD Clutcheye made his debut performance on a stage show at Clarendon’s Capri Theatre in 1991. A fellow performer would later become a major influence on the young artiste’s career. The artiste was “ Kirk” Davis and he served as a mentor to Tony D, Clutcheye teaching him the ins and outs of the business as well as giving him the opportunity to open shows for the Shocking Vibes Crew.