Taio Cruz (born Jacob Taio Cruz on 23 April 1983) is an English singer-songwriter, record producer, occasional rapper, and entrepreneur. In 2008, he released his debut album Departure, which Cruz wrote, arranged and produced himself. It achieved initial success in the UK and earned him a MOBO Award nomination. In June 2010, Cruz released his follow-up album Rokstarr, which includes the number one singles “Break Your Heart” and “Dynamite”. In November 2010, Cruz collaborated with Kylie Minogue and Travie McCoy on his single “Higher”. Additionally, Cruz penned and recorded the song “Telling the World” as the lead single from the soundtrack to the 2011 animated film Rio.