RIZ is an upcoming, unique singer and songwriter; exploding on the scene to establish a fresh view and singularity in the music industry. With his Afro-European brand of surgically precise lyrics, RIZ is soon to be hailed as an unexpected but welcomed break to the industry norm. His vocal style is reminiscent of a young Mark Morrison seamlessly blended with an Akon/Ne-Yo hybrid.
Born in Nigeria, RIZ moved to The Netherlands with his family at age 11. World traveled and fluent in five languages, RIZ has striven to achieve the pinnacle of everything he embarks on. He would soon join together with music producer extraordinaire and former Capitol Records A&R, Roy (Royalty) Hamilton; writer & producer of Joe’s ‘Stutter’, Britney Spears’ ‘I Got That Boom Boom’, and numerous smash hits for R. Kelly, K-Ci & Jojo, ‘N Sync & Michael Jackson. Together they collaborated on what was sure to be one of RIZ’s best songs to date: ‘Sexy Mama’, featuring platinum rapper Lil’ Zane.
Soon after, RIZ caught the ears of Akon, who was mesmerized by his creative melodies and immediately asked him to join the Konvict songwriting family. Riz began writing on upcoming projects for major recording artists, and in the process, met with famed artist manager and industry veteran Jimmy Rosemond (Czar Entertainment), who took interest in his work as well.
Through the years, RIZ has seen himself grow and flourish as a singer, songwriter, dancer, entertainer and individual. Drawing inspiration from the past and present- from musical greats Bob Marley, Luther Vandross, Marvin Gaye & Michael Jackson to modern chart-toppers Usher, R. Kelly & Sean Paul- RIZ brings sound and substance to the title ‘Prince of R&B’. Riz is signed to Ultra Records.