To have a successful music career, one needs serious backup because behind every successful person is an inspiration.
Top Nigerian singer, Tiwa Savage talks about how Grammy Award-winning American record producer, Keith Harris and her estranged husband, Teebillz motivated her on the right part in her music career.
According to the Kele Kele lover, she met the American musician in 2005, while he was on a tour as a drummer for the music group ‘Black Eyed Peas.’ Tiwa says he told her to study Music at the Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts, if she wanted to take music seriously, and that piece of advice changed her life.
The Mavin Records star in her recently uploaded profile on Roc Nation’s management page, recapped saying, “When I started to research more about it, I realized it was one of the best music schools in the world; how am I going to get into this school? They held the audition in Ireland so I flew out there to audition but in order to get the scholarship, I had to be able to read music. I couldn’t so they asked me to sing.”
She also included quotes on her Roc Nation profile of how Teebillz discouraged her from writing songs for people and encouraged her to return to Nigeria to kick-start her own career.
In her words, “I met Tunji and he told me about the growing Afrobeats scene back home in Nigeria. He thought I was wasting my talents being a songwriter and a backing singer and pushed me to move back to Africa. At first, I thought it was a bit of a step backwards but he was adamant that this was my future. He knew it was what would set me apart from the rest.”
While speaking on how motherhood affects her music career, Tiwa says, she has come to the realization of what having a baby does to a woman. However, although it is quite challenging to manage a successful career and a baby, plans to do things bigger, better, stronger and bolder and also wants to encourage other women to go against the African culture of house-wifery.