|Born||Zeitia Silveta Massiah
Saint John, Barbados
|Years active||1980 – present|
|Genres||Blues, Jazz, Reggae, Dance|
Zeeteah Silveta Massiah is a Barbadian-born British singer. She has recorded and toured with Michael Jackson, Tom Jones, Phil Collins, Sting, Leo Sayer, Robbie Williams and Michael Bolton. She is 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.
Massiah was born in Saint John, Barbados and grew up in London. In 2001 she moved to Germany, and in 2012 returned to England where she now lives with her husband Paul Caplin, with whom she writes and records music. She has released two albums since her return to London, both produced by Caplin.
Born in Barbados, Zeeteah moved to London with her parents when she was five years old. Her first name was originally spelled Zeitia. 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. She went on to record two more reggae tracks for the label.
She has been an additional vocalist for artists including Barry Manilow and Boy George, and toured with Michael Bolton, Climie Fisher and Paul Weller. 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 and Johnny Hallyday, among the most successful rock stars in Japan and France respectively.
In 1993 Massiah was the lead vocalist on the Arizona track Slide On The Rhythm, later remixed by C&C Music Factory, which was a No. 1 hit on the Billboard Dance Chart in the US. She went on to record I Specialise In Love with Arizona, which was a UK chart hit.
On the back of her success with Arizona, Massiah 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. In 1996 she was a UK finalist in the Eurovision Song Contest with A Little Love.
In 2001, Massiah 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.
In 2012 she returned to London to pursue her growing interest in jazz and blues with her husband Paul Caplin. She performs regularly in London with her band, The Disciples, playing songs composed by Caplin as well as her own interpretations of jazz and blues classics. 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.
- 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
- 2014 Whatever This Is
- 2013 Live In London
- 2014 Juice
- 2016 Maybe Tomorrow
- 1993 Slide On The Rhythm – Arizona feat. Zeitia
- 1994 Keep It Up – Sharada House Gang feat. Zeitia Massiah
- 1994 I Specialize In Love – Arizona feat. Zeitia
- 1996 Sweet Love - With It Guys feat. Zeitia
- 1997 You Got It – Fargetta feat. Zeitia Massiah (five tracks on album)
- 1997 Beat Of Green – Fargetta feat. Zeitia Massiah
- 1998 Wishing On A Star - Curtis & Moore presenting Zeitia Massiah (remixed by Mousse T)
- 1998 Wishing On A Star Part 2 – Curtis & Moore presenting Zeitia Massiah
- 1998 Baby Come Back - North on 41 feat. Zeitia Massiah
- 1998 You Came - North on 41 feat. Zeitia Massiah
- 1989 Keep Each Other Warm – Barry Manilow
- 1989 Strong Enough – One Nation
- 1989 What You See – One Nation
- 1989 My Commitment – One Nation
- 1990 Sweet Meat – The Soup Dragons
- 1990 Close to You – Maxi Priest
- 1991 Born Free – Vic Reeves
- 1994 Generations Of Love – Boy George
- 1994 Rock My Heart – Haddaway
- 1995 Let's Push It – Nightcrawlers
- 1995 Should I Ever – Nightcrawlers
- 1995 You Lift Me Up – Nightcrawlers
- 1996 Born Free – Happy Clappers
- 1996 Maria – Eikichi Yazawa
- 1996 Naked – Louise
- 1989 Trouble In The Home – Thrashing Doves
- 1991 Abracadabra – ABC
- 1993 Parc des Princes – Johnny Hallyday
- 1996 Smashing! – Right Said Fred
- 1999 Absolute O'Brien – Richard O'Brien
- List of number-one dance hits (United States)
- List of artists who reached number one on the US Dance chart
- Discogs biography of Zeeteah Massiah
- Billboard article on Arizona
- Jazz Services Biography of Zeeteah Massiah
- Eikichi Yazawa tour details
- Johnny Hallyday tour details
- List of number-one dance singles of 1993 (U.S.)
- Roberts, David. Guinness Book of British Hit Singles & Albums. Guinness World Records Ltd 17th edition (2004), p. 356. ISBN 0-85112-199-3
- Discogs credits for Juice