|Birth name||Keidran Jones|
|Born||15 April 1987|
|Origin||Tortola, British Virgin Islands|
|Genres||Contemporary R&B, reggae, hip hop|
|Occupation(s)||Singer, rapper, actor|
|Associated acts||J.R. Rotem, Sean Kingston, Big Time Rush, Charice, Demi Lovato, Mann|
Keidran Jones (born 15 April 1987), better known by his stage name Iyaz, is a British Virgin Islands singer-songwriter and dancer from Tortola, signed with the record label Beluga Heights Records. He is known for his singles "Replay", "Solo" and "Pretty Girls". He released his debut album Replay in 2010".
Life and career
Iyaz was born in 1987 to a musical family. He grew up in Tortola in the British Virgin Islands. Iyaz studied digital recording at New England Institute of Technology. "Island Girls" achieved radio success in the Caribbean. Sean Kingston found Iyaz through his Myspace page in 2008 and later signed him to a recording contract with Time Is Money/Beluga Heights. Michael Nguyen introduced him to producer and Beluga Heights head J.R. Rotem. He released "Replay" in 2010, which peaked at #2 on the Billboard Hot 100 and at #1 in many other territories, including the United Kingdom. His second single "Solo" was released in February 2010, and peaked at #32 on the Hot 100. He also took part in recording the Haiti charity single, "We Are the World 25 for Haiti". His debut album, Replay was released in 2010, and he was also featured on Charice's single "Pyramid". In an interview with HitQuarters, Rotem described Iyaz's creative perfectionism:
"Where as others might work on several songs in one day, he might sit there and work on one song for days. The end result that he gets is usually an absolute gem, so heartfelt and genuine."
Iyaz also appeared on the fourth season of Hannah Montana, Hannah Montana Forever and made a song with Miley Cyrus called "Gonna Get This", which is featured on the Hannah Montana Forever soundtrack album. He is also featured in the upcoming film 21 Coconuts. Iyaz had a part in Big Time Rush's song "If I Ruled the World". Iyaz is now working on his second album which is titled "Aurora" but there is no release date to be confirmed.
In 2011, Iyaz released "Last Forever" with David Guetta as the producer, and its follow-up, "At Last". Iyaz was featured on New Boyz's single "Break My Bank" and Akon's "My Girl" as well as Demi Lovato's song "You're My Only Shorty".
In 2012, Iyaz did a duet called You're My Only Shorty with Demi Lovato, which is in her third studio album, Unbroken. He released a song with Travie McCoy titled "Pretty Girls" and months later in the year He released "My Heart Broke".
In 2013, Iyaz released another single, "Da Da Da", among with other songs; "Congrats", "What Is this Feeling" and "Too Sexy".
In 2014, Iyaz was featured in unsigned artist Jayceon's single "For Your Love". Iyaz made a new cover song of Chris Brown's Loyal named "Comin' For Ya", followed by another cover months after of Magic!'s song "Rude" which he shared on SoundCloud. Iyaz tweeted on Twitter in December he was releasing a brand new hit single, "One Million" and released a snippet of the song on SoundCloud. Iyaz released "One Million" on Itunes in Japan alone on 12 December 2014. On 24 July Iyaz released his new Single "Alive" featuring Nash of Hot Chelle Rae, Produced by Cali The Producer.
|Title||Album details||Peak chart positions||Certifications|
As featured artist
|Title||Year||Peak chart positions||Album|
(Charice featuring Iyaz)
|"Break My Bank"
(New Boyz featuring Iyaz)
|—||—||—||68||—||Too Cool to Care|
(Mann featuring Iyaz and Snoop Dogg)
|"Fight for You"
(Stevie Hoang featuring Iyaz)
|"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.|
As featured Artist
|2010||Gonna Get This||Hannah Montana Forever||Miley Cyrus|
|2010||Like This||Get 'Em Girls||Jessica Mauboy|
|2011||You're My Only Shorty||Unbroken||Demi Lovato|
Awards and nominations
|2011||MTV Video Music Awards Japan||Best Reggae Video — "Replay"||Won|
|BMI Pop Music Awards||50 Most Performed Songs of the Year — "Replay"||Won|
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- David Caplan, "5 Things to Know About Singer Iyaz", People, 02/04/2010
- "Artists | Replay – Big Top 40 Music moms". Bigtop40.com. Retrieved 2010-08-09.
- "Interview With JR Rotem". HitQuarters. 4 April 2010. Retrieved 8 April 2010.
- "Chart Stats – Iyaz". chartstats.com. Archived from the original on 2 January 2013. Retrieved 18 December 2010.
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