Taio Cruz (April 23, 1985(1985-04-23)) is an English singer-songwriter and music producer.
Taio Cruz was born on 23 April 1985 to a Nigerian father and Brazilian mother, and raised in London, England. His love for music was evident from his school days and particularly college days, where he began taking his productions and recordings more seriously.
Cruz 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 Omar, Nitin Sawhney, Wookie and Will Young. The song "Your Game", co-written by Cruz with Will Young and Blair MacKichan, went multi-platinum and won Best British Single at the Brit Awards.
His album entitled Departure was released in the UK on 17 March 2008. He has so far released 5 singles from the album. Having written, arranged, performed and produced the album himself, he is currently working on new music for Sugababes, Letoya Luckett, Brandy, Justin Timberlake, The Pussycat Dolls and Britney Spears.
Simon Cowell has hired Cruz to write and produce tracks for Leona Lewis and Shayne Ward. Proving how in demand he is, Cruz is currently in Philadelphia working with US producer Jim Beanz, on new music for Britney, Brandy and Justin Timberlake. Cruz has also been asked to write for Anastacia’s anticipated next album and to contribute to the Sugababes’ next album.
Cruz has also been nominated for a MOBO award and performed his single She's Like a Star alongside the Sugababes at the 2008 MOBO awards.
Cruz has also been featured on a song with Tinchy Stryder called "Take Me Back". There is also a remix of this song featuring Sway & Chipmunk.
Also, Cruz has recently written and produced a new R. Kelly song titled "She Knows It". He also features on the third verse of the song.
According to Cruz's official MySpace blog, as of the 1st Jan 2009 Rokstarr Music London officially changed its name to Rokstarr Entertainment Division abbreviated to R.E.D Inc.