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Taio Cruz

Jacob Taio Cruz was born 23 April 1985, known professionally as Taio Cruz, is a British singer-songwriter, record producer, occasional rapper and entrepreneur.

Cruz was born in London, to a Nigerian father and a Brazilian mother from the state of Minas Gerais. He attended Bilton Grange, a private prep school in Rugby, Warwickshire, and Christ's Hospital, a boarding school in Horsham, West Sussex.

Cruz began writing songs when he was 12. His songwriting career began at age 19 as part of Tricky Stewart's writing collective, RedZone Entertainment. Cruz achieved notability in 2005 when he was awarded a Brit Award for co-writing Will Young's 2004 single, "Your Game".

Cruz is the founder and chief executive of Rokstarr Music London, which in 2006 released his debut single "I Just Wanna Know". The single attracted significant attention from radio, and also from music industry insiders, who were already well aware of the artist's potential; manager Jamie Binns, who began representing Cruz at this time, later told HitQuarters: "He was a guy that everyone had earmarked to do damage in the future". Although the single received a reasonable amount of radio airplay, it did not perform as well as expected in either territory. However, rather than lose faith in Cruz, the labels were eager to negotiate an album deal, as by this time they had listened to his other songs and were ever more convinced by his capability.

Cruz's admirers included Island Records's Darcus Beese and Monte Lipman, who, according to Binns, "both believed 'I Just Wanna Know' fitted the format on both sides of the Atlantic". In 2006, Cruz signed a split single deal with Universal Music Group companies, Republic Records and the UK branch of Island Records.

Taio Cruz born 23 April 1983) is a Brit Award winning, English Singer-Songwriter, occasional Rapper, and Music Producer.
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 Norwood and the Sugababes

 

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Break Your Heart (feat. Ludacris)
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