Antonio TC Cruz
Antonio 'TC' Cruz is a singer of rare talent - a full tenor with a beautiful voice and a charming falsetto, harking back to romantic late 70's and early 80's. Debut Single 'Can U Feel Me' is #1 on RDP 104.5FM Radio - TOP 10, Lisbon. Nationally recognized as the best male vocalist of Portugal, Antonio 'TC' Cruz is one of the three singers featured at the 1998 Miss Portugal Beauty Pageant, along with the Latin mega star, Ricky Martin and Italy's superstar Nek. Earlier in 1996, he was invited by the internationally known Italian singer, Laura Pausini to participate in her album, 'Le Cose Che Vivi '. A former Universal Music Portugal artist, Cruz broke through the music scene of Portugal in 1995, after winning 1st place in a national talent contest, before a live television audience of 2 Million viewers, to represent the country at the prestigious Eurovision Song Contest in Dublin, Ireland - the same European talent show that launched the career of superstar Celine Dion. His debut Portuguese album, Alma Nua (Universal) is revered as a watershed release, launching a new frontier in Portuguese music. Well-regarded within the television and film circles of Lisbon, Antonio 'TC' Cruz is the powerful voice behind the animated characters of 'Simba' in Disney's Lion King II, 'Quasimodo' in Hunch Back of Notre Dame I & II, and 'Garrett' in Warner Brothers' Magic Sword - Portuguese version. Cruz was born in Lisbon and grew up listening to American R&B and Soul music. His influences include Steve Wonder, Prince, Jeffrey Osborne, Luther Vandross and Take 6. Antonio 'TC' Cruz now turns his attention to the United States with his debut English album on MB Records - a bold and innovative release, blazing new trails in R&B and Soul music. A true musical adventure, the album features 14 beautiful songs, embellished with strings and exotic instruments, bridging the periods between late 70's/early 80s' with 2003 and beyond. The album also includes Special Guest appearances by MB Records' multi-talented singer, violinist and pianist, E' lissa, dynamic vocalist, Cleusa Alfama and Brooklyn rapper and street poet, G.A.V.A. Winner of Ballot Nominations for the 46th Grammy Awards for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance, Antonio 'TC' Cruz's American debut release is produced by Ramiro 'Dr. Ra' Mendes and John 'Djon' Mendes, and mastered by the legendary, Brian 'Big Bass' Gardner of Bernie Grundman Mastering, a mastering engineer whose clients include, amongst others, Eminem, 50 Cent, Prince, Ashanti, and Dr. Dre.