Tems is a Nigerian singer and songwriter who was born on July 11, 1995, in Lagos. She began singing in the church choir when she was a young child and eventually became one of Nigeria’s popular vocalists.
She became a household name in the music industry because to the success of her 2019 album Try Me. She also cemented her place in the hall of fame by collaborating on a song with Nigerian hip-hop star Davido and American rapper Khalid. This article will cover Tem’s life story, including her songs, educational background, and net worth.
Temilade Openiyi, popularly known by her stage name Tems, was born on July 11th, 1995 in Lagos to a Nigerian mother and a British father. When she was five years old, her mother lost her father, leaving her sole parent to raise her.
She completed her elementary schooling in Lagos before enrolling in Dowen College in Lekki. Then, she relocated to Johannesburg to enroll in a South African university’s Economics program. Tems was raised in a modest household and after joining a community chorus, she became aware of her musical talent.
She began her journey to being a talented musician when she was young. She practiced on her brother’s guitar and recorded songs with the school chorus. She recalled how her music teacher encouraged her to sing with her natural voice when she doubted her talent, according to a documentary with MU Narratives.
- Nominated as Best Vocal Performing (Female) by The Headies, 2019
- Nominated as Next Rated Artist (Female) by City People Music Award.
- Nominated for Best Breakthrough Act by MTV Africa Music Award.
Tem’s musical career began when she was a little child and was taught how to play the piano by her music teacher. She liked listening to Destiny Child’s “Solider” with Lil Wayne. Beyoncé was her favorite musician, and she had always envisioned herself as a music legend.
The alternative vocalist entered the music business when she was 20 years old. In 2013, she issued “Time Swap EP,” her debut EP. Following the release of her album “Illumination” in 2018, “Mr. Rebel,” a song with more than 200,000 views on YouTube, became her first notable single.
She followed it up with another track, “Looku Looku,” which was well received and received plenty of airplay on Nigerian radio stations. With another number-one single, “Try me,” she lived up to expectations and cemented her place in history. Released in August 2019, Try me by Tems has more over 2 million views on YouTube alone. Tems has record deals with the Reset Industries and Human Music labels.
Other songs she has released and featured in includes;
- Mr Rebel
- Looku Looku
- Try Me
- Come Inn
- These Days
- If U then I
- Plunge Down the Cascades
- Diss for Lil’ProkS
- Ultra Happiness
- Ghost Detain
- Love Me Down
- Twisted Tilde
- Tales By Moonlight
- Time Swap
- Good Time
- These Days
- Too Bad
- Know your Worth – DJ Khalid ft Davido, Disclosure.
She worked with DJ Khalid on a song named “Know Your Worth” in 2020. Obama’s summer 2020 playlist included the upbeat song “Know Your Value,” which also included Nigerian artist Davido and Disclosure.
With her single “Mr. Rebel,” Tems was nominated for a 2019 Headies award for Best Female Vocal Performance as well as Best Alternative Music.
Tems’ income and event fees soared once she collaborated with DJ Khalid and gained some worldwide acclaim. Although being a newcomer to the field, her net worth is estimated to be $100,000.
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