The Grammy Award winner

A super talented, young female #Nigerian musician, Témìládè Openiyi, popularly known as Tems, won the Best Melodic Rap Performance category for her contribution to the hit song “Wait for U” with Future and Drake, at the 65th Grammy Awards and earned her a place in the Nigerian Books of Record. 

Tems is an inspiration to young people.

BACKGROUND 

Temilade Openiyi is a Nigerian singer and songwriter born in Lagos on 11th July 1995.  She grew up singing in her church choir in 2009 and rose to become one of the young famous singers in Nigeria. 

The success of her 2019’s Try Me saw her emerge into a big name in the music industry. Also, the fact that she released a song with American musician Khalid and Nigerian hip hop star, Davido, she landed herself right in the Hall of Fame. In this post, we will be writing about Tems biography, her age, songs, educational background, and her net worth.

Temilade was born on the 11th of July, 1995, in Lagos, into a family of a Nigerian mum and a British father. Her father left her mum when she was 5, so she was raised by her single mum. After her primary education which she did in Lagos, she attended Dowen College in Lekki. She later moved to Johannesburg to study Economics in a South African university. Tems grew up in a simple family, she discovered her musical talent after she joined a local choir. 

She took the basic steps to becoming a wonderful musician during her childhood days, she recorded songs with her school choir and practiced with her brother’s guitar. According to a documentary with MU Narratives, she recounted how her music teacher encouraged her to sing with her real voice when she doubted her capability.

Tems is 25 years old as of 2020. She is not married yet and has not made her relationship status public. Probably, she is very good at keeping it off the media.

Tems music started at a young age when her music teacher taught her how to play the piano. She enjoyed listening to ‘Solider’ by Destiny Child ft Lil Wayne. Her favorite artist was Beyoncé and she always dreamt of becoming a music icon.

The alternative singer’s journey into the music industry began when she was 20. She released her first EP, “Time Swap EP” in 2013. Her first recognized single, “Mr. Rebel”, a song that got more than 200,000 views on YouTube came after her album “Illumination” in 2018. She followed it up with another single, titled “Looku Looku” a song that was widely accepted and Nigerian radio stations gave it enough air-plays. She measured up with another hit single, “Try Me”, and solidified her name in the Hall of Fame. Try Me by Tems was released in August 2019 and has gained more than 2 million views on YouTube alone.

Tems is signed into Reset Industries record label and HUMAN MUSIC label.

Tems Songs

Other songs she has released and featured in include;

Mr Rebel

Looku Looku

Try Me

Come Inn

These Days

If U then I

Oldschool

Plunge Down the Cascades

Cruising

Epiphany

Diss for Lil’ProkS

Ultra Happiness

Ghost Detain

Love Me Down

Falling

Twisted Tilde

Tales By Moonlight

Time Swap

Good Time

These Days

Drop

Skills

Too Bad

Know Your Worth – DJ Khalid ft Davido, Disclosure.

In 2020, she got a collaboration with DJ Khalid in a single titled “Know Your Worth”. The uplifting music “Know Your Worth” also featured Nigerian superstar, Davido, and Disclosure and made it to Barack Obama’s playlist for summer 2020.

 

In 2019, Tems was nominated for the Best Vocal Performance (Female) and Best Alternative Song for her single “Mr. Rebel”, during the Headies Award.


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