Zeeteah Massiah

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Zeeteah Massiah
Zeeteah Massiah in 2014.jpg
Born
Zeitia Silveta Massiah

(1956-12-24) December 24, 1956 (age 61)
Saint John, Barbados
ResidenceLondon, England
OccupationSinger
Years active1980 – present
Musical career
GenresReggae, Jazz, House
InstrumentsVocals
Labels
Associated acts
Websitezeeteah.com

Zeeteah Silveta Massiah is a Barbadian-born British singer particularly associated with reggae, jazz and house music.

In a wide-ranging career she has recorded and/or toured with artists including Robbie Williams, Tom Jones, Michael Jackson, Phil Collins, Sting, Leo Sayer, and Michael Bolton.[1] She is best known in the United States as the lead vocalist on the 1993 Billboard No.1 dance hit Slide on the Rhythm.[2]

Massiah was born in Saint John, Barbados and grew up in London.[1] In 2001 she moved to Germany, and in 2012 returned to England, where she now lives.

Biography[edit]

Born in Barbados, Zeeteah moved to London with her parents when she was five years old. Her first name was originally spelled Zeitia.[3] 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 Massiah 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.[1] 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 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.[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, 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.[7] 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.[4]

In 2012 she returned to London to start a new musical project with her husband Paul Caplin. She performs regularly with her band, The Disciples, playing songs composed by Caplin as well as her own interpretations of musical classics. Since her return to London, she has released two albums, both produced by Caplin: Juice (2014), an album of original songs[8], and Maybe Tomorrow (2016), a collection of classics[9].

In 2018 Caplin and Massiah announced their intention to release music together as a duo. The first single by Caplin & Massiah, entitled All You, was released on 13 July 2018[10].

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
  • 1993 Slide on the RhythmArizona feat. Zeitia
  • 1994 This Is The Place
  • 1994 Keep It UpSharada House Gang feat. Zeitia Massiah
  • 1994 I Specialize in LoveArizona feat. Zeitia
  • 1996 Sweet LoveWith It Guys feat. Zeitia
  • 1996 Sexual Prime
  • 1997 You Got ItFargetta feat. Zeitia Massiah (five tracks on album)
  • 1997 Beat of GreenFargetta feat. Zeitia Massiah
  • 1998 Wishing on a StarCurtis & Moore presenting Zeitia Massiah (remixed by Mousse T)
  • 1998 Wishing on a Star Part 2Curtis & Moore presenting Zeitia Massiah
  • 1998 Baby Come BackNorth on 41 feat. Zeitia Massiah
  • 1998 You CameNorth on 41 feat. Zeitia Massiah
  • 2005 Lovely Deep
  • 2014 Whatever This Is

Albums[edit]

  • 2013 Live in London
  • 2014 Juice
  • 2016 Maybe Tomorrow

Guest Vocals[edit]

Singles[edit]

Albums[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Discogs biography of Zeeteah Massiah
  2. ^ Billboard article on Arizona
  3. ^ a b c Jazz Services Biography of Zeeteah Massiah
  4. ^ a b Eikichi Yazawa tour details
  5. ^ Johnny Hallyday tour details
  6. ^ List of number-one dance singles of 1993
  7. ^ a b Roberts, David. Guinness Book of British Hit Singles & Albums. Guinness World Records Ltd 17th edition (2004), p. 356. ISBN 0-85112-199-3
  8. ^ Discogs credits for Juice
  9. ^ Discogs credits for Maybe Tomorrow
  10. ^ Press Party article

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