Temilade Openiyi (born 11 June 1995), known professionally as Tems, is a Nigerian singer.
She rose to prominence after she was featured on Wizkid’s 2020 single “Essence,” which reached the top ten of the Billboard Hot 100 after the release of a remixed version with an additional feature from Justin Bieber and earned her a Grammy Award nomination.
Who is Tems?
Temilade Openiyi was born on 11 June 1995 in Lagos, Nigeria to a Nigerian mother and a British-Nigerian father; she moved from Nigeria shortly after birth to the UK before returning at 5, after her parents divorced.
Full name: Temilade Openiyi
Stage name: Tems
Date of birth: 11 June 1995
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Place of birth: Lagos
State of origin: Lagos State
Parents: Mr & Mrs Openiyi
Education: Dowen and Monash South Africa
Net worth: $1.5million
Social media: Instagram@temsbaby
Tems’ mother only allowed her to listen to Christian music when Tems was a child. Later in her teenage years, she became interested in R&B and hip-hop music. She listened to Destiny’s Child, Beyoncé, Lil Wayne, and Aaliyah, and covered Alicia Keys’ 2004 single, “If I Ain’t Got You”, in a live performance. Growing up, she was also interested in artists such as Burna Boy, Lauryn Hill, Adele, Rihanna, Coldplay, Paramore, and Asa.
At the age of 15, she stopped listening to other artists in search of her own identity, because “I wanted to learn how to attack a song from what I was feeling, not what Beyoncé would do or anyone else”. Her voice has been described as deep, velvety, and androgynous.
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