Put Jack Johnson, Jason Mraz, Seal, Grover Washington Jr. and Kenny G into a melting pot, add a dash of Caribbean culture, sex appeal and years of experience and you’ll experience an artist with outstanding potential…

Rob “Zii'” Taylor (pronounced Zie) aka Mistah Zi is no newcomer to the world of music.  



Growing up for the first 11 years of his life in rural Lancashire, England, on a sheep farm, Zii began piano lessons at the age of 8, but from as early as he can remember always had an infatuation with the sax. 

It wasn't until he was 12 and living in St. Lucia, due to his father's professional career, did he begin saxophone lessons at the St. Lucia School of Music, under the tutelage of Barbara Cadet. 

Within a matter of 4 years, he had swept through all exams the school had to offer and was already catching the eye of local musicians as "someone to watch out for".... Zii was itching to perform!



In 1992, Zii joined local reggae band Amate and enjoyed over 3 years of performing regularly at hotels and concerts, opening for Jamaican artists such as Maxi Priest, Buju Banton, Beenie Man, Beres Hammond and Steel Pulse, just to name a few. He also performed on Amate's second album and featured in their music videos.

Always striving for higher heights with his musical career, Zii embarked on another venture in 1996. A recording studio and dancehall reggae group named Kronic Heights whose lead singers were Bruno Rankin, Poomcat and Leebo . 

Over the next 4 years, Zii and his business partner, Adam Gillmor, developed Kronic Heights Productions composing, recording and releasing several albums, fusing reggae, hip hop, dancehall and jungle, creating an overwhelming impact on the music scene locally and throughout other parts of the Caribbean, having the opportunity of sharing the same stage with international stars like Shaggy and the Fugees and performing for Nelson Mandela. 



With the recording studio becoming more commercial and Zii spending more time producing and programming for other artists hiring the studio, his own performing was taking a back seat. Recognizing this, he decided to focus simply more on himself.

 Through his stage charisma, Zii gained many admirers not only fans but also people in the music biz. After some negotiation, Zii was flown up to Miami to rehearse with Ky-mani Marley, son of the legendary Bob Marley for an upcoming US tour. Soon after landing in Miami, Zii went on the US Reggae Blitz Summer Tour with Ky-mani alongside Maxi Priest, Toots and the Maytals and Andrew Tosh.


From 2001 to 2004 Zii spent most of his time at home on the beautiful Isle of St.lucia where he spent his days with his wife and young daughter, Zanaii, whilst writing, composing and recording works for his long anticipated album. Spending his nights performing live at various venues on the island gave him the opportunity to gain alot of recognition for his live act which has become very sought after around the Caribbean. Aside from the many corporate events and grandiose weddings Zii has performed at, there have been a number of note worthy events such as the Dutch Queen's Birthday celebration, the Queen of England's Golden Jubilee celebration and other major functions, held in very prestigious locations in St.Lucia.

In April 2004 Zii released his long awaited original debut album “Rise Up” a 12 track cd encompassing his many moods and styles, with both vocal and sax arrangements, encompassing his influences of reggae, hip-hop, jazz, funk, and creole fusion.

During the second phase of recording the album in Miami  he had the good fortune of working with the musicians he worked with and others he met whilst touring with Ky-mani including the priceless expertise of multi-platinum, grammy award winning engineer, Bob Rosa, whose track record includes artists such as PrinceWhitney HoustonJanet JacksonNsync, James Brown and countless others.

Zii also released music videos for Rise Up, Now’s the Time and Almaz (featuring Lauren Foster), tracks off the Rise Up Album which have boosted his popularity and visibility in the Caribbean region thru BETJ and CaribVision TV.

Zii played mainstage 2005, and 2008 St.Lucia Jazz Festival and 2006 Vincey Blues Fest, VP Records sponsored Xmas Jump Off Concert Freedom Project with Bushman and US based artiste, Mya.

For the past few years he’s been the celebrity DJ, hosting his own Jazzy Sunday show on 95.5 Rhythm FM..

Zii has released some new singles that can be heard on his myspace page that have been getting great reviews. Checkout “All I Need” and “The Calling”, the latter of which won Zii a “St.Lucia Music Award for 2008 for Instrumentalist of the Year”. And is an Ace & Penn Studio 758 production

Since 2008, Zii has been traveling to Jamaica to record some new tracks at Beres Hammond’s studio, Harmony House with producers, Clive Hunt and Sly & Robbie.  A combination of original and cover tracks with a crossover reggae groove mixed by top engineers Bulby and Fatta. Bob Marley’s Mellow Mood is an example of just one track he recently recorded collaborating with Jamaican artist, Lady Saw.

Zii has spent some time this year, 2011 in St.Kitts  and during the St.Kitts Music Festival where he performed at various venues to rave reviews. Whilst there, he met and worked with Jazzique Chiverton, a very sought after musician in the region whose recent works can be heard on Mishka’s albums. Still in St.Kitts,  Zii caught the ears of Stevy Mahy who invited Zii to sit in on her Martinique and Guadeloupe live tour and promotion of her album release.

 

Zii is currently performing a number of different acts; His very much sought after solo appearances have afforded him a growing fan base regionally allowing him to travel to other islands on weekends to perform. For the younger generation of clubbers and the party scene, Zii has put together an upbeat act of club/house music where he teams up with a DJ, conga player and dancers and gets down right groovy. When the call is for a music festival type performance, Zii brings out the heavy artillery of his 6 piece band who are currently performing original songs off his new album, Destiny.

Destiny, Zii's second album was released in December, 2011 to great reviews. The album comprises mostly original songs with more emphasis on his vocal ability with tracks such as Destiny, Mellow Mood, Ba Ba Boom, Set You Free and Gyal Groove which cross over a number of different grooves and moods. Of course, there are some classic sax tracks such as There's Nothing Like This and Fire which reconfirm Zii's ability as a musician and performer. The Destiny album is a well rounded and colorful album due to the fact that Zii has worked with a number of different studio's both in St.Lucia and Jamaica aswell as different studios, producers, musicians and song writers.

With Zii's abilitly to fill his music with soul and emotion both on stage and on the album, there is undoubtably a song or two that will appeal to a wide cross section of music lovers.