Tiwatope 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 and ‘Next Rated’ at the 2011 Hip-Hop World Awards.
The First Lady of Mavin is sitting on the cusp of a rainbow and has recently signed a historical multi-million naira deal to become the face of Pepsi, the first African to do so. “O ma ga,” her single off the Solar Plexus is already a crowd favourite. With a debut album earmarked for 2012 release, the beautiful songstress is on an upward trajectory that shows no signs of leveling out.