American born, Trinidadian raised artist King Thayo began his creative identity as a youngster in Sacramento, California. While pursuing his education in Trinidad, King obtained a football scholarship to further his studies @ New Jersey City University. While playing collegiate football, he was injured and off the field for some time. It was at this moment where the residue of sounds and funk of California blended with his Caribbean and African influences. King Thayo could not resist his true calling to music and enrolled himself in Full Sail University in Orlando, FL where he studied Recording Arts. Music has always been his bridge.
Attending Full Sail in Audio engineering has provided Thayo with unique, valuable skills and insights into the recording process. His ability to professionally enhance audio recording through mixing/mastering, songwriting, and arranging allows for a full experience of production services. His experience working in professional studios and record labels such as Studio 53 (Trinidad) Corosive Studio (Trinidad), Itation Sounds (US), Ambasad Record Label (UK), Platinum Hook Studios (Trinidad), JamStudios ( Jamaica), Cyclone Entertainment (Bahamas/ Miami), allows for quality control of products and services. Thayo’s modern and urban approach to songwriting and engineering position his genre bending style of synchronizing Reggae, Hip Hop, and Afro-fusion into a wide spectrum of music categories.
His experience as a hip-hop and reggae performer whose blended identity shines with a versatile sound and dynamic flow, King Thayo has performed in major cities and collaborated with performers across Hip-Hop and Reggae: Queen Omega, Pato Banton, Mighty Diamonds, Isasha & Million Voice, Eek A Mouse, Kymani Marley, Ras Attitude, Queen Ifrica, Anthony B, Messenjah Selah,Rootz Underground, Twista, Rick Ross, Kirko Bangz, The Rangers, New Boyz, and Nipsey Hussle. Thayo has completed performances at the 2019 Portland Hip Hop Festival, a 2 Part unplugged series at the world famous Belle Fiore Winery .
Thayo has already conquered the stage with Grammy Winner Macklemore, infront of 10,000 screaming fans. His stellar performance led to him getting booked to perform at Dancing With The Stars, which he ended up being the main attraction for the night. Known for his high energetic, crowd engaging performances, King Thayo headlined the World Renown "Mic Check" series in Portland, Oregon. He set his marker as one of the top live performers and the go to guy for Reggae and world music in the PNW.