Israel Cruz

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Israel Cruz
Israel Cruz, 2011.jpg
Israel Cruz in April 2011
Background information
Birth name Israel Cruz
Born Quezon City, Philippines
Origin Sydney, Australia
Genres Pop, dance, R&B
Occupation(s) Singer, songwriter, rapper, record producer
Instruments Vocals
Years active 2003–present
Labels Nufirm Records

Israel Cruz is an Australian singer-songwriter and record producer.[1] Cruz was born in Quezon City, Philippines and at the age of 3 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
2011 "Naughty"[14] (Elen Levon featuring Israel Cruz) Non-album single
2012 "Hey Girl"[15] (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 19 June 2012. 
  4. ^ "Party Up (Remixes) - Israel Cruz". iTunes Store. Apple Inc. Retrieved 19 June 2012. 
  5. ^ "Australian-charts.com – Israel Cruz – Party Up". ARIA Top 50 Singles. Hung Medien. Retrieved 19 June 2012. 
  6. ^ "ARIA Charts - Accreditations - 2012 Singles". Australian Recording Industry Association. Retrieved 19 June 2012. 
  7. ^ Francesco, Dominic Di (20 October 2011). "Exclusive: Israel Cruz Interview". Rhyme and Reason. Retrieved 19 June 2012. 
  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. ^ "Party Up - Single by Israel Cruz on Apple Music". itunes.apple.com. Retrieved 24 July 2016. 
  11. ^ "ARIA Charts – Accreditations – 2012 Singles". Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA). Retrieved 11 February 2012. 
  12. ^ "Save My Life (feat. Elen Levon) [Radio Edit] - Single by Israel Cruz on Apple Music". itunes.apple.com. Retrieved 24 July 2016. 
  13. ^ "Body (Remixes) [feat. The Twins] - EP by Israel Cruz on Apple Music". itunes.apple.com. Retrieved 24 July 2016. 
  14. ^ "Naughty (feat. Israel Cruz) - Single by Elen Levon on Apple Music". itunes.apple.com. Retrieved 24 July 2016. 
  15. ^ "Hey Girl (feat. Israel Cruz) - Single by Dean Cassidy on Apple Music". itunes.apple.com. Retrieved 24 July 2016. 
  16. ^ "Australia's Newest Pop Star Elen Levon — Preview Her "Naughty" Video!". Idolator. Buzz Media. 9 August 2011. Retrieved 18 August 2011. 
  17. ^ Been Waiting (CD liner). Jessica Mauboy. Sony Music Australia. 2008. 
  18. ^ Get 'Em Girls (CD liner). Jessica Mauboy. Sony Music Australia. 2010. 
  19. ^ Ricki-Lee: The Singles (CD liner). Ricki-Lee Coulter. Shock Records. 2008. 
  20. ^ a b From the Inside Out (CD liner). Stan Walker. Sony Music Australia. 2010. 
  21. ^ "Work ID: 882162551: Lover Boy (Scarlette Belle)". American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers. Retrieved 18 August 2011. 
  22. ^ Third Strike (album) (CD liner). Tinchy Stryder. Island Records. 2010.