Tems is a Nigerian born singer who gained popularity through her rich voice and lyrics after she released her debut single “Mr Rebel”.
|Full Name/Stage Name||Temilade Openiyi/Tems|
|Date of Birth||23rd of July 1996 (26 years)|
|Net Worth||$1 million|
Who is Tems?
Temilade Openiyi 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. That same year, she was featured on Drake’s song, “Fountains”.
On 25 September 2020, she released her debut extended play, For Broken Ears. Tems released her second extended play, If Orange Was a Place (2021), after being signed to RCA Records. In 2022, Tems’ vocals from her song “Higher” were sampled by Future on his single, “Wait for U”, which led to her being credited as a featured artist alongside Drake on the song. It debuted atop the Billboard Hot 100, making her the first African artist to debut at number one and the second Nigerian artist to top the chart. Tems covered Bob Marley’s “No Woman, No Cry” for the Black Panther: Wakanda Forever soundtrack, released in July 2022 and in the same month her song “Free Mind” from her debut EP debuted on the Hot 100.
Early Life and Education Qualifications of Tems
Temilade Openiyi was born on the 23rd of July 1996 in Lagos, Nigeria. Tems grew up with a single mom and lived a simple and straight forward life. It was always hard for Tems mom to keep up with other parents in their Neighborhood in Lekki but, she still somehow managed to get Tems everything she wanted, and more. Even though Tems was young, she could feel the stress, and the struggles her mom faced every day.
Tems fell in love with music at the tender age of 5. She enjoyed listening to Destiny’s child songs like ‘Solider’ and ‘Survivor’. Beyonce was her favorite musician then and up to date and she always dreamt of becoming a music icon like Beyonce.
Tems attended Dowen College, lekki and that was where she met her music teacher who inspired her to pursue a career in music.
She began writing songs when she was 9 and after a 10th birthday, she made up her mind to follow her passion.
At age 11, she started to train her voice to really get into music: she joined
the choir in high school, recorded songs every day with her elder brother who had a guitar.
After her secondary education, Tems attended University in South Africa to study Economics which she never liked.
Hear her speak,
“When it comes to Uni, there’s nothing in Uni that I liked. I mean, I had to choose a subject at the end of the day. Economics was hard though, I can’t lie,” she says. “But it didn’t stop my music”.
Although she found it hard studying Economics in South Africa, Tems graduated in flying colors and returned to Nigeria to kick-start her music career.
By the time Tens was 20, she began producing her songs by herself. She released her debut single “Mr Rebel”. The reception she got was so-so but that did not stop her from making music.
Career Journey of Tems
In 2018, Tems quit her job to pursue a career in music. She began to learn self-production skills on YouTube and on 18 July 2018, she released her debut single, “Mr Rebel”, a song which she produced by herself. On 7 August 2019, she released the single “Try Me”. In 2020, DJ Edu chose her as one of “ten artists to watch” that year. On 23 April 2020, Tems was featured alongside fellow Nigerian singer Davido on a reworked version of American singer-songwriter Khalid and English electronic music duo Disclosure’s single, “Know Your Worth”.
On 25 September 2020, Tems released her debut extended play, For Broken Ears. It was produced primarily by her and the single “Damages” from the EP became another follow up hit to “Try Me”, peaking at number one on the Nigerian Apple Music chart and number six on the then-newly launched TurnTable Top 50 chart and garnering five million views on YouTube. On 30 October 2020, Tems was featured on fellow Nigerian singer Wizkid’s single, “Essence”, from the latter’s fourth studio album, Made in Lagos. The song earned her a number one spot on BBC 1Xtra Airplay Chart. and also earned her first career entry on Billboard Hot 100 at number 9. Tems won a Soul Train Music Awards, two NAACP Image Awards, and received a Grammy Award nomination for Best Global Music Performance. On 8 November 2020, Tems was included in The Future Awards Africa: Class of 2020.
On 13 August 2021, a reworked version of “Essence”, which contains an additional feature from Canadian singer Justin Bieber, was released, which propelled the song to reach number nine on the Billboard Hot 100. On 3 September 2021, Tems was featured on Canadian rapper and singer Drake’s song, “Fountains”, from the latter’s sixth studio album, Certified Lover Boy, which debuted at number 26 on the Hot 100. On 15 September 2021, Tems released her second extended play, If Orange Was a Place,after being signed to RCA records. It was primarily produced by GuiltyBeatz, and the single “Crazy Tings” was released five days before and peaked at number three on the UK Afrobeats Singles Chart. Later, Tems reached number one on the Billboard Next Big Sound chart and the Billboard Emerging Artists chart.
On 31 March 2022, Apple Music 1 Launched Leading Vibe Radio Show With Tems. On 2 April, its first episode features appearance from Muyiwa Awoniyi, and Tunji Balogun. On 29 April 2022, Tems was featured alongside Drake on American rapper Future’s single, “Wait for U”, from the latter’s ninth studio album, I Never Liked You. The song debuted atop the Hot 100, making Tems the first African female artist to top the chart and more so debut atop the chart. The song samples the song “Higher” from For Broken Ears.
In July 2022, Tems covered Bob Marley’s No Woman, No Cry for the upcoming Marvel movie Black Panther: Wakanda Forever soundtrack.On 26 July, Tems gained her fourth Hot 100 with her song “Free Mind” from For Broken Ears debuted on the chart. In July 2022, Tems was announced as a guest artist on Beyoncé’s album Renaissance, collaborating on the song “Move” with Grace Jones, becoming her fifth entry on the Hot 100. In October 2022, she co-wrote Rihanna’s song “Lift Me Up” for the Black Panther: Wakanda Forever soundtrack.
Tems Controversy with the Law
On 14 December 2020, Tems was arrested alongside fellow Nigerian singer Omah Lay after they performed in a show in Uganda. The Ugandan police authority identified violation of COVID-19 lockdown protocols as the reason for their arrests, but the two artists felt they were set up. Two days later, the Ugandan government released them, apologised for the arrests, and dropped the charges.
Tems Net Worth
Tems net worth is estimated to be around $1 million US dollars. She is considered one of the top 5 female Nigerian singers in the music industry and has established herself as the most successful artist
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.
Throughout her career, Tems has received many accolades, including two NAACP Image Awards, two BET Awards and two Soul Train Music Awards. Tems became one of five notable Nigerian women who made history in the month of July, as she won a BET award. She also co-wrote the song “Lift Me Up” by Rihanna, which earned her a Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song nomination.