Tiwa Savage Balogun – Biography

Tiwa Savage Balogun – Biography
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Savage Balogun known by her stage name Tiwa Savage, is a Nigerian
singer-songwriter, recording artist, performer, and actress. She is
currently signed to Sony/ATV Music Publishing and Mavin Records. Savage
sings in English and Yoruba.
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Tiwa
Savage was born on born February 5, 1980, in Lagos, Nigeria. Her family
relocated to London from Nigeria when she was 11 years old. Whilst
attending high school, she was a trombone player for her school’;s
orchestra band. When asked about her childhood, Savage’;s response was:
&# 8220;Growing up was very interesting. There were no barriers, I
was just free. I had a very healthy upbringing. My parents ensured that I
was grounded and I had lovely brothers.”; After graduating with a
degree in Business administration from the University of Kent, Savage
started working at The Royal Bank of Scotland. Savage did backup vocals
for George Michael at the age of 16 and lent vocals to other musicians
such as Mary J. Blige, Chaka Khan, Blu Cantrell, Emma Bunton, Kelly
Clarkson, Andrea Bocelli, and Ms. Dynamite among others. Furthermore,
she has performed on stage with Sting, 50 Cent, The Black Eyed Peas,
Eminem, Robbie Williams, and Destiny’s Child, to name a few.
Not
wanting to be a backup singer, Savage enrolled at Berklee College of
Music and graduated with a degree in professional music at the age of
27. While reminiscing about her experiences there, she said: “;When I
came to Berklee and saw a lot of the younger students, their drive and
their passion, it recharged my batteries…;[They&# 8217;re] not
thinking, ‘;I’;m going to save about ,000 before I move,’; no, ‘;I&#
8217;m just going to get my backpack and move.&# 8217; I needed
that fresh air, that atmosphere. I kind of felt like a 19-year-old.”;
Speaking on the challenges musicians face during their transition from
backup to lead, Savage said: “;It’;s a whole different ballgame. Doing
backgrounds, you just turn up at the gig and if it gets a bad review, it
had nothing to do with you. If you’;re the artist, you take a lot of
stuff personally.”; Her business background has helped her fully
understand the scope of the Nigerian music industry. Speaking about her
business background, she said: “;It’;s helping me now with my band, when
we get contracts, when we have to pay people, when we have to be
professional in dealing with people…;Sometimes when people see that
you’;re educated and you know what you’;re talking about, they don&#
8217;t really want to mess with you, swindle you or something.”;
In
2006, Savage participated in UK’;s X-Factor and made it to the final 24
while attending the aforementioned music school. While participating in
UK’;s X factor, she had difficulty dealing with the limelight. “;You
have to always realize that people are watching. When I got the bad news
that I wasn’;t getting through [to the final 12] it was a really
painful time. But you still have to learn how to hold that until you get
home. Because you don’;t want to just let everything out. People admire
you and want to see that you’;re strong; they don’;t want to see you
breaking down&# 8221; said Tiwa.
In 2009, Sony/ATV Music
Publishing signed Savage to a music deal. The deal solidified her to
write for Babyface, Kat Deluna, Fantasia Barrino, Monica and Mýa, among
others. She has received songwriting credits for her contribution to
Monica’;s soul-tinged ballad “;Catch Me&# 8221;. Moreover, her
collaboration with Fantasia on the song “;Collard Greens &;
Cornbread”; earned the American recording artist a grammy nomination in
2010. Savage wrote Jaicko’s “;Oh Yeah”; featuring Snoop Dogg, Kat
Deluna’s &# 8220;Push Push”; featuring Akon and David Guetta, and
performed background vocals on Whitney Houston’s album I Look to You.
She was featured on Flavour N’;abania’;s “;Oyi Remix&# 8221;. In
December 2011, she co-hosted Season 2 of the Nigerian Idol alongside
IllRymz. Moreover, she made her film debut with Joke Silva and Ireti
Doyle in the stage adaptation of “;For Coloured Girls”;. Savage became
the first African female artist to be associated with the Pepsi brand
after signing an endorsement deal with them. Savage has been involved in
many youth empowerment and breast cancer screening projects across
Nigeria. She said: &# 8220;I’ve met with a lot of organizations and
already put up something to fight breast cancer. Very soon, screenings
will start especially for young girls. I also visit the motherless homes
quite often but I don’t put it in the press because I don’t want to
expose those kids.”;
Tiwa Savage engaged Tee Billz feat
Savage
established her own label imprint, 323 Entertainment with her manager
Tunji “;TJ Billz”; Balogun whom she got engaged to on February 5, 2013.
In as much as she likes writing for other artists, she finds writing for
herself more rewarding. She said: “;I have political songs like ‘Middle
Passage,’ which is about the struggles of African men in a foreign
country”;. When asked about her experiences with relocating to three
different places, Savage said “;Living in all three places—in Africa, in
Europe, and now the United States—has really opened my eyes. I’;m
really accepting a lot of cultures. I feel a lot older than I am,
because I&# 8217;ve seen a lot. A lot of poverty in Nigeria, but
people still smiling when they don’;t even have water…;I kept saying to
myself that when I made it I was going to invest millions and I just
realized I have to do stuff now. People always say, when I make it…;If
you don’;t discipline yourself now, you’;re never going to do it, even
if you do get millions.”; Tiwa helped raise money for an organization
that build schools in her hometown. Savage joined Don Jazzy’;s Mavin
Records in 2012 after the label she co-owns teamed up with the executive
producer. She was one of the lead artists on the record label’;s first
compilation album entitled Solar Plexus.
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When
Savage stepped onto Nigeria’;s musical landscape, she didn’;t know what
to expect. Moreover, she received a lot of ridicule and hostility from
people who believed she wouldn’;t make it. She said: “;a lot of people
tried to discourage me from coming home. They told me that people who
came before me were not really welcomed home, and that it is even worse
for a female singer. They even said there was no way I could be on the
same stage with the likes of Tuface, Wizkid and many others. I got
discouraged somehow.”; Savage didn’;t allow people’;s negative
connotation of her discourage her from doing music. She released her
debut single “;Kele Kele Love”;. The song made its way to the top of
several Nigerian music charts. Savage’;s sultry tones, pulsating dance
moves, and electric stage presence immensely propelled her to the top of
the Nigerian music industry.
Forte Oil Tiwa Savage
In
July 2013, Savage signed an endorsement deal with MTN Nigeria,
allegedly worth N30 million. She also signed endorsement deals with
Pepsi, Forte Oil, and Maggi.
Savage networked with Berklee alumni
Keith Harris, Derek Pate, Scott Coleman, Radar Ellis, and Darien Dorsey
while attending the school. During her interview with Brenda Pike, she
said that she collaborated with Chuck Harmony, Warren &# 8220;Oak”;
Felder, and producer So Sick (Da Grin) , among others. Moreover, she
said that her debut album will include records in her native tongue. On
July 3, 2013, she released her long awaited debut album Once Upon a Time
to the Nigerian public. The album was released on iTunes a day before
the Nigerian release. In an interview with Vanguard Media Limited,
Savage said:
Tiwa Savage Once Upon A Time album art
“This
album [Once Upon a Time] is straight from my heart and it’s something
that I’ve worked so tirelessly for. A lot of people wondered why it took
me so long a time to drop my own album. That’s because we had to go
through a lot of legal processes to clear some of the samples that we
used, and that took us some months. Also, we wanted to work with notable
producers outside the shores of the country like Oak who produces
Rihanna. So, we had to work around his schedule and waited for them to
have our time. But this album is something that I really took my time
with because I didn’t want it to be the usual Nigerian album that
contains just party tracks from the beginning till the end.”
When
asked why she named her album Once Upon a Time, Savage said: “;Once you
hear ‘;Once Upon a Time’;, you know it’s story time. My life has been an
amazing story and I wanted to reflect that on my album. Also, I wanted
to motivate other upcoming artistes that, once upon a time, I was a
little girl living at Isale Eko and I dreamt of doing this, and here I
am doing it. So, I want their ‘once upon a time’ to turn into reality.
It’s a 19-track album.”;
Tiwa Savage and Tunji Baloguns traditional wedding
On
November 23, 2013, Savage and Tunji “;Tee Billz”; Balogun held their
traditional marriage at the Ark in Lekki. Nigerian businessmen and
celebrities who attended the wedding include Femi Otedola, Aliko
Dangote, Don Jazzy, Banky W., Rita Dominic, Davido, Lola Okoye (wife of
Peter Okoye), Toolz, Eniola Badmus, Omawumi, Iyanya, King Sunny Ade,
Agbani Darego, Dr SID, Toke Makinwa, and Karen Igho, among others. On 26
April 2014, the couple had their white wedding at the Armani Hotel in
Dubai.
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