Taio Cruz is a British singer, songwriter and music producer.
In 2008, after years of writing songs for other artists including Justin Timberlake, Britney Spears, and Pussycat Dolls, he released his debut album Departure. Written, arranged and produced by himself, it achieved initial success in the UK and earned him a MOBO Award nomination. In October 2009, he released his follow up album Rokstarr in the UK. It included his UK and US No. 1 single “Break Your Heart” (his US debut single).
Cruz was born in London, England, to a Nigerian father and a Brazilian mother. His song writing career began at age of 18 as part of Tricky Stewart’s writing collective, RedZone Entertainment. He achieved notability at the age of 21 when he was awarded a BRIT Award for co-writing Will Young’s 2004 single, “Your Game”. He is the founder and C.E.O. of Rokstarr Music London, which in 2006 released his debut single “I Just Wanna Know”. Also in 2006, he signed a joint-venture partnership deal with Universal Music Group Companies, the US branch of Mercury Records and the UK branch of Island Records.
- Birth name : Adetayo Ayowale Onile-Ere
- Born : 23 April 1982
- Origin : London, England, United Kingdom
- Genres : R&B, electropop
- Occupations : Producer, singer-songwriter, musician, multi-instrumentalist
- Years active : 2000–present
- Labels : Rokstarr Entertainment Division, Island
- Website : www.taiocruzmusic.co.uk
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