The son of jazz saxophonist Jimmy Cozier, Cozier was encouraged to sing as a child by his family, who would demand that he perform in group settings. He started out as a singer/songwriter for artists such as Mýa, Sinéad O’Connor, and Janet Jackson (whose hit “Girlfriend/Boyfriend” he co-wrote). He was a background vocalist for the Junior Mafia/Lil’ Kim track “Backstabbers” and toured with Joe behind the latter’s album All That I Am.
Wyclef Jean caught word of Cozier’s talent and had him meet with Clive Davis, who signed Cozier to J Records in 2000. His debut single “She’s All I Got” was released in 2001, and rose to #26 on the Billboard Hot 100 and to #4 on the R&B chart.
In 2007, he announced work on a new album, releasing two singles “U Got Them Goods” and “You” that year. Continued work on his sophomore album stretched through 2010.
The album Way of Life was announced in 2010, led by the single “Tonight” which was released on March 2, 2010. His second album Way of Life was released on March 16, 2010.
In 2013, he collaborated with Sean Paul for his single “Always Be My Lady” which was released on August 2. Additionally, he released a single “Girls Girls” that year.
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