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Recording artists will forever come and go. But rarely does an entertainer surface who can master instruments like Stevie Wonder, produce, write and arrange like Prince and crossover onto different genres with the ease of Michael Jackson. Breakthrough future star Seilio is such a special artist.

With a sound that is comparable to no other, a wide vocal range and onstage performance that is both exhilarating and electrifying, this musical dynamo cannot be boxed into being one particular type of artist. Instead, Seilio’s style encompasses many styles all rolled into one. And with his rock-inspired runaway independent hit single “Lonely” quickly being added into regular rotation on radio stations across the country, Seilio stands well equipped for his predestined success via the upcoming release of his as-yet-untitled debut album slated to be released this summer.

“I can do reggeaton, country, R&B and rock. I can adapt to any style of music. I use my music to motivate people and give them self esteem,” says Seilio. “You’ve never heard a motivational speaker use a soft voice. He’s normally loud and abrupt. That’s what I bring to the table with rock. I can speak about some issues that are really going on and still have some fun.”

Born Cleo Butler and raised in Fort Worth, Texas, Seilio’s musical talents came honestly. Before becoming pastor of a church, his father was the front man in R&B/ soul band the Vells. And throughout childhood, his mother was minister of the music at his church. Naturally gifted, young Cleo was only nine years old when he first began to learn to play piano by ear. His first song was the theme song to cult classic movie Beverly Hills Cop.

“My mom walked in the room and couldn’t believe what she was hearing,” he says. “I hadn’t taken any lessons and taught myself every note of the song from beginning to end.”

So before he knew it, he was playing piano for the church and singing in the choir. Before long, Sielio became a one-man band- playing such instruments as drums, trombone, keyboard, organ and even the flute.

He wouldn’t delve into secular music, though, until other artists around the neighborhood began paying Sielio to write and produce songs for them. Knowing that he was on the path to success, he convinced his parents to invest in his career by buying him a Roland keyboard valued at $2,700. Although his mother did not approve of such a big purchase, his father felt that the keyboard was a sound investment.
“I told my father that it would be the only keyboard he would have to purchase for me,” says Sielio. And he was right. Using the money that he had earned selling tracks and penning lyrics, he flooded the streets with an R&B snippet out called Sielio Unlimited in 2005.

“It’s crazy because until today, people remember the face on the CD and come up to me telling me how they like the music,” he says. “My voice is different. I can relax when I sing R&B but I can vent with rock because I’m screaming. A lot of R&B is about love. I can do the same thing with rock but I can reach a wider range of people as far as diversity and content.”

Dropping singles back to back like the amped-up anthem “Die” and the laid-back groove of “What Does It Mean” as well as the Top 40 hit single “Lonely,” Sielio constantly gives his fans what they most desire. And the world of music will never again be the same after the upcoming release of his as-yet-untitled debut album slated to be released this summer.

“If I could describe my music in one word, it would be conversation,” Sielio explains. “Most of time, the way a man draws a woman to him is by looks or by conversation. I’m blessed to have both but I’m stronger on my conversation. So my music is an enticing conversation.”