Taio Cruz Biography
In 2008 he released his debut album Departure which he arranged and produced himself. In October 2009, he released his follow up album Rokstarr which includes his number one single "Break Your Heart". In between the two albums and at present, Cruz has been working on productions and writing songs for Cheryl Cole, Sugababes and Brandy.
Early life and establishment in music
Cruz was born on April 23 1983 and raised in the UK to a Nigerian father and a Brazilian mother. 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 UMusic Companies, Republic Records and Island Records. In the UK, Cruz has worked with many artists including Omar, Nitin Sawhney, Wookie, and Will Young.
His album entitled Departure was released in the UK on 17 March 2008. The album was arranged and produced solely by Cruz and the majority of the writing credits also coming from Cruz. Following the success of his own singles and season finale for season 5 of The X Factor, record label chief Simon Cowell approached Cruz to write and produce tracks for Alexandra Burke, Leona Lewis and Shayne Ward. In Autumn 2008, Cruz was sent to Philadelphia to work with US producer Jim Beanz on new music for Britney Spears, Brandy and Justin Timberlake. He was also asked to write for Anastacia and the Sugababes' next albums. At the 2008 MOBO Awards he was nominated for best single for the song "She's Like a Star" and performed the single alongside the Sugababes who feature on the official remix of the song.
Cruz was featured on Tinchy Stryder's breakout single "Take Me Back" which peaked at number 3 on the UK Singles Chart. According to Cruz's official MySpace blog, as of the 1st January 2009 Rokstarr Music London officially changed its name to Rokstarr Entertainment Division and abbreviated to R.E.D Inc.
Since then he has been working on his follow up album originally titled T.W.O. (This Way Out) but later changed to Rokstarr. It was released on 12 October 2009 through R.E.D Inc. The album's lead single "Break Your Heart" was released on September 14, 2009 and reached number 1 in the UK where it stayed for 3 weeks. The single spent 6 weeks in the top 10. Cruz has worked on Tinchy Stryder and Cheryl Cole's albums and is currently working on Sugababes's new album Sweet 7. He has also contributed to JLS's self-titled album.