Israel Cruz

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Israel Cruz
Israel Cruz, 2011.jpg
Israel Cruz in April 2011
Background information
Birth name Israel Cruz
Origin Sydney, Australia
Genres Pop, dance, R&B
Occupations Singer, songwriter, rapper, record producer
Instruments Vocals
Years active 2003–present
Labels Nufirm Records
Website israelcruz.com

Israel Cruz is an Australian singer-songwriter and record producer.[1] Cruz was born in Quezon City, Philippines and at the age of 13 moved to Melbourne, Australia with his family. He currently lives in Sydney, Australia with friends and has written and performed with Australian singer Stan Walker.[2]

Career[edit]

His single, "Party Up", was released as a digital download and an extended play.[3][4] It peaked at number 33 on the Australian Singles Chart, becoming Cruz's highest-charting single since 2004's "Old Skool Luv".[5] "Party Up" was certified Gold by the Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA) for shipping 35,000 copies.[6] Regarding the song's reception, Cruz stated in an interview with Dominic Di Francesco of Rhyme and Reason: "I feel like it’s been good. For me, it’s not about having a No.1 record. I focus on making good music that the people like. I’ve seen so many artists have so much more than me [with regards to] the deals that they get. But I haven’t needed a job since about 2004. I’ve learnt how to make money off music. I just love putting out records and I love the response “Party Up” has been getting. I feel like I’m always going to be the guy who makes these street anthems. One day, if it crosses over, thank God. But my thing is making music I like, putting it out and if the people love it – great!"[7]

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Year Album details
2005 Chapter One
2009 The Legacy

Singles[edit]

Year Title Peak chart
positions
Certifications Album
AUS[9]
2004 "Wake Up With You" 44 Chapter One
2005 "Old Skool Luv" (featuring Valerii & Kg) 18
"Work Da Middle Pt. 2" (featuring Thara) 59
"My Girl"
2007 "Do It Again" The Legacy
"Gemini" featuring Fabolous
2009 "Freak Tonight"
2011 "Party Up"[10] 33 TBA
2012 "Save My Life"[12] (featuring Elen Levon)
"Body"[13] (featuring The Twins)
"—" denotes releases that failed to chart.

Featured singles[edit]

Year Title Album
2012 "Hey Girl"[14] (Dean Cassidy featuring Israel Cruz) Non-album single

Songwriting credits[edit]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Award Category About Result
2006
Urban Music Awards Australia and New Zealand 2006 Best R&B Single – Work Da Middle Himself Nominated
Urban Music Awards Australia and New Zealand 2006 Best R&B Album – Chapter One Himself Nominated
Urban Music Awards Australia and New Zealand 2006 Best Video Clip – Work Da Middle Himself Nominated
APRA Music Awards 2006 Best Urban Music Songwriter Himself Nominated
2007
Urban Music Awards Australia and New Zealand 2007 Best R&B Single Himself Winner
Urban Music Awards Australia and New Zealand 2007 Best Male Artist Himself Nominated
APRA Music Awards 2007 Best Urban Music Songwriter Himself Nominated

References[edit]

  1. ^ Moran, Jonathan (7 August 2011). "Israel Cruz pitches in to help Aussie artists". The Daily Telegraph. News Limited. Retrieved 18 August 2011. 
  2. ^ http://www.soapboxartists.com/profile/israel-cruz/
  3. ^ "Party Up - Single - Israel Cruz". iTunes Store. Apple Inc. Retrieved 2012-06-19. 
  4. ^ "Party Up (Remixes) - Israel Cruz". iTunes Store. Apple Inc. Retrieved 2012-06-19. 
  5. ^ "Australian-charts.com – Israel Cruz – Party Up". ARIA Top 50 Singles. Hung Medien. Retrieved 2012-06-19. 
  6. ^ "ARIA Charts - Accreditations - 2012 Singles". Australian Recording Industry Association. Retrieved 2012-06-19. 
  7. ^ Francesco, Dominic Di (2011-10-20). "Exclusive: Israel Cruz Interview". Rhyme and Reason. Retrieved 2012-06-19. 
  8. ^ "The Legacy by Israel – Album". iTunes Store (Australia). Apple Inc. Retrieved 18 August 2011. 
  9. ^ "Discography Israel". Australian Charts Portal. Hung Medien. Retrieved 18 August 2011. 
  10. ^ http://itunes.apple.com/au/album/party-up-single/id447023826
  11. ^ "ARIA Charts – Accreditations – 2012 Singles". Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA). Retrieved 11 February 2012. 
  12. ^ http://itunes.apple.com/au/album/save-my-life-feat.-elen-levon/id491804228
  13. ^ http://itunes.apple.com/au/album/body-remixes-feat.-twins-ep/id524651870
  14. ^ http://itunes.apple.com/au/album/hey-girl-feat.-israel-cruz/id507037257
  15. ^ "Australia's Newest Pop Star Elen Levon — Preview Her "Naughty" Video!". Idolator. Buzz Media. 9 August 2011. Retrieved 18 August 2011. 
  16. ^ Been Waiting (CD liner). Jessica Mauboy. Sony Music Australia. 2008. 
  17. ^ Get 'Em Girls (CD liner). Jessica Mauboy. Sony Music Australia. 2010. 
  18. ^ Ricki-Lee: The Singles (CD liner). Ricki-Lee Coulter. Shock Records. 2008. 
  19. ^ a b From the Inside Out (CD liner). Stan Walker. Sony Music Australia. 2010. 
  20. ^ "Work ID: 882162551: Lover Boy (Scarlette Belle)". American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers. Retrieved 18 August 2011. 
  21. ^ Third Strike (album) (CD liner). Tinchy Stryder. Island Records. 2010. 

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