R.I.O, founded by the German producer team Manuel Reuter (Manian) and Yann Peifer (Yanou) in 2007, is an international dance-project.
R.I.O’s lead-singer Neal Antone, better known as Tony T, was born in London. Shortly after his birth, his Jamaican parents moved to New York where Tony T grew up and gained his first musical experiences. During his travels and early performances in European clubs, he met the Cologne based producers of Cascada in 2007, who had just released their first single De Janeiro, a cover of Bellini’s famous Samba de Janeiro. As De Janeiro became a massive club hit on international dance floors, Yanou and Manian asked multitalented Tony T to front the R.I.O project.
In 2008, first Shine On and later also When The Sun Comes Down conquered radio stations by storm and reached top chart entries. Shine On became a huge radio and club anthem and climbed to Top 20 of the official charts in most European countries, and in the Middle East even higher. “In the beginning nobody could imagine this huge and incomparable success! We are very happy to be able to go on a live tour around the globe and to rock huge crowds every weekend”, admits the charismatic lead-singer gladly.
Next year, R.I.O once again proved their multi-faceted production skills when they released After The Love, a highly summer-flavoured track, which took its rhythmical structure out of the Pachanga. A smash in Europe, the song quickly caught on across the globe, followed by Serenade and the successful album Shine On. After an efficient time of writing and recording Yanou, Manian and Tony T succeed in developing their typical reggae-house style continuously. This transformation of sound is especially reflected in one of their latest singles titled Hot Girl. It equally stands out due to its intoxicating and catchy vocals, massive beats and its new dance-pop and R&B influences.
Riding the wave on the huge success of Hot Girl, the boys continued to produce releasing somewhat of a sophomore to their debut album entitled Sunshine, showcasing tracks from their previous album together with some fresh samples such as the smash hit Miss Sunshine and Like I Love You. Miss Sunshine stormed the scene with massive success receiving great recognition from some of the dance scene’s greatest artists. And as if that was not enough, the trio went on to release yet another single titled One More Night on Zoo Digital, proving success does not make them weak in the knees.
As R.I.O have succeeded in establishing themselves internationally as a guarantee for over-crowded dance floors and outstanding parties, it is easy to believe they are made for fame.