Taio Cruz (pronounced /taÉªËŒoÊŠ kÉ¹uz/ TYE-oh krooz; born Adetayo Ayowale Onile-Ere on 23 April 1983) is a Brit Award winning, English singer-songwriter, occasional rapper, and music producer.
Cruz was born Adetayo Ayowale Onile-Ere in London, England, to a Nigerian father and a Brazilian mother. He attended Christ's Hospital in West Sussex. He is also 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, US-based Republic Records and the UK branch of Island Records. In the UK, Cruz has worked with artists including Omar, Tinchy Stryder, and Will Young.
In 2008, after years of writing and producing songs for other artists including Britney Spears, Justin Timberlake and Pussycat Dolls he released his debut album Departure. Written, arranged and produced 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, which includes his UK and US number one single "Break Your Heart". In March 2010 he released "Break Your Heart" as his debut US single.
In between the two albums and at present, Cruz has been working on productions and writing songs for Cheryl Cole, Kesha, Alexandra Burke, Brandy, Sugababes and JLS.
Taio Cruz has produced songs for many artists such as Sugababes, Cheryl Cole, Tinchy Stryder, Kesha, JLS, Kylie Minogue, and McFly, and has also produced hits for himself such as 2008's "Come On Girl" featuring Luciana.
* Departure (2008)
* Rokstarr (2009)
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