Tems Biography Age, Sister, Songs, Wizkid, Instagram, Net Worth, Wiki, Boyfriend, Parents, Siblings
Temilade Openiyi, also known as Tems, is a budding R&B singer, record producer, and songwriter from Nigeria. Many Nigerians have been won over by her distinct and outstanding voice, as well as the motivating lyrics of her songs.
|Real Name:||Temilade Openiyi|
|Date Of Birth||June 11,, 1995|
|Place of Birth:||Lagos|
|Occupation:||Singer, Songwriter, and Record Producer|
|Net Worth||$1 million|
Early Life, Childhood and Education
Tems was born in Lagos, Nigeria, to a Nigerian mother and a British-Nigerian father on June 11, 1995. She spent her youth in the United Kingdom, but when her parents divorced when she was five, she was forced to return to Nigeria. Tems returned to Nigeria and lived in Ilupeju, Lekki, and Ajah, Lagos State, with her mother and brother.
She attended Dowen College for her high school education, where she was found by her music instructor and had the opportunity to master the piano and guitar, following which she went to the University of Johannesburg, South Africa, to pursue a degree in Economics.
Thanks to her mother, she grew up listening to gospel music. She gained interested in different music genres as she grew older, which lead her to listen to songs by singers such as Aaliyah, Lil Wayne, Beyoncé, and Destiny’s Child.
Tems had already decided at the age of fifteen that she wanted to be a professional musician. By ceasing to listen to other musicians, she took the first step toward attaining her ideal. This was done in order for her to discover her own distinctive style. As a result, she began to compose music in her own distinctive manner, culminating in the development of an Alté, Afrobeats, and R&B fusion.
She’d studied sound creation at university and was well on her way to mastering it. Her intention in mastering the talent was to be able to make beats for her own tunes. Tems began her music career in 2018 with the release of her first single, Rebel, which she produced herself. Many people identified her as a talented Alté artist after Rebel exposed her to the Nigerian music industry.
But it was her follow-up single, Try Me, that did the trick and garnered her thousands of followers almost quickly. The song was a big hit on the radio, getting a lot of airplay all over the country. More streams on digital music outlets followed from her radio breakthrough.
In August of this year, Try Me was released. Tems was requested to collaborate with American singer Khalid, who was already well-known in the industry for his distinctive voice. She accepted the request, and as a consequence, the Know Your Worth remix was born. Another Nigerian artist, Davido, was also featured on the remix.
Tems finished her debut album and released it on September 25th, 2020, as her fans had demanded. The EP For Broken Ears was produced by Tems and was a financial success in Nigeria, North America, and Europe.
Damages, the album’s first song, was a fan favorite and outperformed her previous hit, Try Me. Her collaboration with Wizkid on Essence, the most hit single from his Made In Lagos album, was released the same year. Because of Essence, Tems has become a global music sensation.
For her role in developing the popular tune, she got a number one spot on the BBC 1Xtra Airplay Chart, a Billboard Hot 100, a Soul Train Music Award, two NAACP Image Awards, and a Grammy Award nomination for Best Global Music Performance.
Her success with Essence led to her collaboration with Drake, a Canadian-American rapper and performer. She was featured in the song Fountain from Drake’s Certified Lover Boy album. Tems’ second Billboard Hot 100 hit was made possible because to Fountain’s help.
If Orange Was A Place, Tems’ sophomore EP, was released over a year after her debut. The album was created by Guilty Beatz and published by RCA Records. It featured the commercially successful hit Crazy Tings. She had signed a recording contract with the publishing company earlier that year.
Tems is widely regarded as one of Nigeria’s five top female superstars, ranking alongside Tiwa Savage, Yemi Alade, and Simi.
The singer’s parents divorced when she was five years old, and she remains close to her mother and brother. When she is not in the studio creating music or performing at live shows, she enjoys spending time alone in her apartment or visiting her mother.
Tems began her career in the corporate sector as a Digital Marketer before leaving to pursue a full-time career in music. The singer recognizes music acts such as Lauryn Hill, Burna Boy, Asa, and Adele as sources of inspiration in the industry, motivating her to do more as an artist.
She was speculated to be in a relationship with Wizkid, but Tems is currently single, and information of her past relationships are unknown to the public due to her decision to keep them private.
Tems and fellow Nigerian singer Omah Lay were detained by Ugandan authorities in December 2020 for performing live in the country at a show that violated the government’s Covid-19 prevention regulations. After the intervention of high-ranking individuals and the Nigerian embassy in Uganda, the duo was remanded in police custody for two days before being released.
- Free Mind
- Try Me
- Essence (featured byWizkid)
- Illumination (Album)
- The Key
- Fountains (featured byDrake)
- Crazy Tings
- If Orange Was A Place
- For The Broken Ears
- Mr. Rebel
Awards and Nominations
Tems has been nominated at the BET Awards, MTV Europe Music Awards, Soul Train Music Awards, and Grammy Awards but won the following awards:
- Net Honour Awards: Most Alternative Song – 2021
- African American Entertainment Awards: Best Female Artist – 2021
- African American Entertainment Awards: Best Collaboration, Best Video, and Song of The Year – 2021