SavantSoundz Producer/Songwriter/was born in Richmond, Virginia into a musical family. His father had a popular local band, which gave Rio access to every musical instrument that a young boy could dream of. By the age of 18, Rio was considered Virginia's best-kept secret; that's when he re-caught the attention of, one of then Missy Elliot's producers, Gerard Thomas (Destiny's Child, Missy Elliot, Nicole Wray, Lil Mo and Total, to name a few). Rio along with Gerard, Matthew Miller and Reggie Wiggins formed the short-lived production team, "The Hot Squad"/Reg and Rio. "The New Beginning" Now SavantSoundz L.L.C., Rio's production company, is on the rise. Rio has worked with Grammy Award Winning Songwriters - Anita McLoud, Harold Lilly and Raphael Saadiq, Grammy Award Winning Artist - Ashanti, P.Diddy, J.Valentine,Luqman Hunter Gucci Mane, Christina Aguilera...Also Tyrese, Nicole Wray, Billy Bathgate,702, B5, Kenny Wray, Bassee, Before Dark, Kia-El-Amin, Ebony Burks, Jessica Jackson, Varr Venom, The Ranchaz, Supafriendz, Duane Folkes, JoDoja, Young Rob,Whateva, Miss Gina, Marcus John, Kiala Valdez, The "Heavy Hitter" Lonnie B, 1801, Francoise, HBO Films..