Zeeteah Massiah

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Zeeteah Massiah
Zeeteah Massiah in 2014
Background information
Also known as Zeitia Massiah
Origin Barbados
Genres Blues, Jazz, Reggae, Dance
Years active 1980 – present
Labels Union City (1993–94)
Virgin (1994–96)
Swing City (1997–98)
Creative Control (2014–)
Website zeeteah.com

Zeeteah Silveta Massiah is a singer best known in the United States as the lead vocalist on the 1993 Arizona US No. 1 Billboard Dance Chart track Slide On The Rhythm.[1] She has recorded and toured with artists including Michael Jackson, Tom Jones, Phil Collins, Sting, Leo Sayer, Robbie Williams and Michael Bolton.[2] Her first name was originally spelled Zeitia.[3]

Zeeteah was born in Barbados and grew up in England.[2] In 2001 she moved to Germany, and in 2012 returned to England where she now lives with her partner Paul Caplin, with whom she writes and records. She has released two albums since her return to London, both produced by Caplin.

Biography[edit]

Born in Barbados, Zeeteah moved to London with her parents when she was five years old. As a teenager she recorded a cover of The Jackson 5’s We Got A Good Thing Going in a reggae style for Trojan Records.[3] She went on to record two more reggae tracks for the label.

In 1984 Zeeteah appeared for nine months as "Chiffon" in the hit musical Little Shop of Horrors in London.[3]

She has been an additional vocalist for artists including Barry Manilow and Boy George, and toured with Michael Bolton, Climie Fisher and Paul Weller.[2] In 1988 she sang with Kim Wilde on the European leg of Michael Jackson’s BAD tour, and in 1994/95 toured the world with Tom Jones. She has also toured extensively with Eikichi Yazawa[4] and Johnny Hallyday,[5] among the most successful rock stars in Japan and France respectively.

In 1993 Zeeteah was the lead vocalist on the Arizona track Slide On The Rhythm, later remixed by C&C Music Factory, which went to No. 1 on the Billboard Dance Chart in the US.[6] She went on to record I Specialise In Love with Arizona, which was a UK chart hit.[7]

On the back of her success with Arizona, Zeeteah signed a deal with Virgin Records and released two singles: Sexual Prime, which was a UK club hit, and This Is The Place, which charted on the UK Single Sales Charts.[7] In 1996 she was a UK finalist in the Eurovision Song Contest with A Little Love.

In 2001, Zeeteah moved to Cologne, Germany, where she worked with a wide range of musicians, and recorded the single Lovely Deep. During this time she spent nine months as featured singer in the hit show Fantissima, and three months touring Japan with Eikichi Yazawa.[4]

In 2012 she returned to London to pursue her growing interest in jazz and blues with her partner Paul Caplin. She performs regularly in London with her band, playing a mixture of jazz classics and songs composed by Caplin. She has released two albums since her return to London: Live in London (2013), a live album of jazz standards, and Juice (2014), a studio album of new music written and produced by Caplin.[8]

Discography[edit]

Singles[edit]

  • 1980 We Got A Good Thing Going
  • 1980 A Love Like Yours
  • 1981 I'm Still Waiting
  • 1991 (Homegirl) Sing The Blues
  • 1992 Feel My Love
  • 1994 This Is The Place
  • 1996 Sexual Prime
  • 2005 Lovely Deep

Albums[edit]

  • 2013 Live In London
  • 2014 Juice

Lead Vocals[edit]

  • 1993 Slide On The RhythmArizona feat. Zeitia
  • 1994 Keep It UpSharada House Gang feat. Zeitia Massiah
  • 1994 I Specialize In LoveArizona feat. Zeitia
  • 1996 Sweet Love - With It Guys feat. Zeitia
  • 1997 You Got ItFargetta feat. Zeitia Massiah (five tracks on album)
  • 1997 Beat Of GreenFargetta feat. Zeitia Massiah
  • 1998 Wishing On A Star - Curtis & Moore presenting Zeitia Massiah (remixed by Mousse T)
  • 1998 Wishing On A Star Part 2Curtis & Moore presenting Zeitia Massiah
  • 1998 Baby Come Back - North on 41 feat. Zeitia Massiah
  • 1998 You Came - North on 41 feat. Zeitia Massiah

Guest Vocals[edit]

Singles[edit]

Albums[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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