Full Name: Tiwatope Savage-Balogun
Stage Name: Tiwa-Savage
Date of Birth: 5 February 1980.
Genres: Pop, R&B, Afro pop, African hip hop.
Years active: 2008 – present.
Relationship Status: Married
Labels: Sony/ATV Music Publishing 323, Entertainment Mavin Records.
Occupation: Singer-songwriter, recording artist, performer, actress.
Tiwa tope Savage was born in Lagos but has spent a big chunk of her life in the UK and America. This multi-talented Grammy award nominee first got a taste of the big-time at 16 when she started as a background singer for George Michael. She wasted no time in building on that by lending vocals to other top musicians such as Mary.J. Blige, Chaka Khan, Blu Cantrell, Emma Bunton from The Spice Girls, Kelly Clarkson, Andreas Bocelli, Ms Dynamite, and many more.
The burgeoning artiste has since graced the stage with industry luminaries like Sting, 50 Cent, The Black Eyed Peas, Eminem, Robbie Williams, and Destiny’s Child to name a few.
In 2009, music giant SONY/ATV signed her to a singer/songwriter deal and thus far, Tiwa has written for some of today’s A-list artistes and producers including Babyface, Kat Deluna, American Idol winner Fantasia Barrino, Monica and Mya. She has since received songwriting credits for her contributions on Monica’s seventh studio album New Life: The Deluxe Album, for the soul-tinged ballad ‘Catch Me’.
It was her songwriting prowess which earned her a Grammy nomination in 2010 for contribution to Fantasia Barrino’s debut album, Back to Me for the song “Collard Greens and Cornbread.”
This soulful diva burst onto the African scene in 2010 with the strength of a gale force wind. Her chart-topping debut single, ‘Kele-Kele Love’ quickly captured the public’s imagination in a manner not quite seen before. Ms.Savage’s sultry tones, pulsating dance moves and electric stage presence quickly saw her rise to the top of the industry.
Numerous accolades were to follow including a City People Entertainment Award for ‘Female Musician of the Year’ in 2011, ‘Best R&B Soul Song’ for Kele Kele Love at the Afrotainment Museke Online Music Awards, ‘Most Stylish Female Artiste’ at the FAB Magazine Awards and ‘Most Promising Act’ at the Dynamix Youth Awards.
Ms. Savage was nominated for more awards following the success of her second single ‘Love Me 3x’ including ‘Most Gifted Female Video’ at the Channel O Music Awards, Female Musician of the Year and Song of the year for ‘Love me 3x’ at the TUSH Youth Awards, ‘Next Rated’ at the 2011 Hip-Hop World Awards and the Best Highlife track for in the Nigerian Music Video Awards, 2013.
She has numerous award winning singles and collaborations such as Without my Heart featuring Don Jazzy, “Ife wa Gbona” and she was also featured in the remix of the track “Oyi” by Nigerian highlife crooner Flavour. Her debut album, Once upon a time was released in 2013, with the popular single Eminado, featuring Don Jazzy. The beautiful songstress is on an upward trajectory that shows no signs of leveling out. Tiwa Savage is married to her manager, Tee Billz of 323 Entertainment.
Her endorsements include multi-million-naira deals with PEPSI, MTN, and FORTE OIL. She has also been nominated in the Best Female Category for the 2014 edition of the MTV Africa Music Awards (MAMA).