Emerging in 2009 with a reggae-tinged brand of radio-friendly R&B, Iyaz made a big splash and briefly dominated the pop charts.
∙ A native of the Virgin Islands, he was discovered via social media by fellow Caribbean singer Sean Kingston, who signed Iyaz to his own Time Is Money label.
∙ His 2009 debut single, “Replay,” was a multi-Platinum international smash, peaking at No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 and reaching No. 1 in Australia, Switzerland, and the UK.
∙ “Solo,” the second single from his debut LP, hit No. 3 in the UK and was certified Gold in the US.
∙ In 2010, he was a guest on the Miley Cyrus teen TV series Hannah Montana and also recorded a song with her, “Gonna Get This,” which appeared on the show’s soundtrack.
∙ During his career, Iyaz has featured on tracks by Demi Lovato, Mýa, and Bone Thugs-n-Harmony, and in 2011 he appeared alongside Snoop Dogg on Mann’s “The Mack.”
∙ “Replay” found new life in 2020 as the subject of a popular bait-and-switch trend on social media, similar in vein to the Rickrolling craze that swept the internet more than a decade prior.
HOMETOWNTortola, British Virgin Islands
BORNApril 15, 1987