TIWA SAVAGE: SUCCESS IN MUSIC.


Tiwatope Savage (born 5 February 1980) is a Nigerian singer, songwriter, performer and actress. She is currently signed to Sony/ATV Music Publishing as a songwriter.  She signed a recording contract with Mavin Records in 2012. Her debut studio album, Once Upon a Time, was released on 3 July 2013, second studio album, R.E.D, was released on 19 December 2015. She has received different awards since the launch of her career, they include one MTV Africa Music Award, two The Headies Awards, one Channel O Music Video Award, one Nigeria Music Video Award, and two City People Entertainment Award

She was born in Ikeja, Lagos State. Her family relocated to London when she was 11 years old. While attending high school, she was a trombone player for her school's orchestra band. Savage had a healthy upbringing; she grew up in a multicultural setting due to her migration from Nigeria to the United Kingdom, and from the United Kingdom to the United States. After graduating with a degree in Business administration from the University of Kent, Savage started working at The Royal Bank of Scotland. She 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, amongst others. Furthermore, she has performed on stage with Sting, 50 Cent, The Black Eyed Peas, Eminem, Robbie Williams and Destiny's Child, among others.

In 2006, Savage participated in the UK edition of The X Factor and advanced to the final 24 while attending music school. In 2009, Sony/ATV Music Publishing signed Savage to a music deal. The deal solidified her to write for Baby face, Kat Deluna, Fantasia Barrino, Monica and Mýa. She has received song writing credits for her contribution to Monica's soul-tinged ballad "Catch Me". 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, and Kat Deluna's "Push Push", featuring Akon and David Guetta. In as much as she likes writing for other artists, she finds writing for herself more rewarding. Savage performed background vocals on Whitney Houston's album I Look to You (2009).

In December 2011, she co-hosted the second season of Nigerian Idol alongside IllRymz. Moreover, she made her film debut in the stage adaptation of For Coloured Girls.

She became the first African female artist to be associated with the Pepsi brand after signing an endorsement deal with them. She has been involved in many youth empowerment and breast cancer screening projects across Nigeria. She helped raise money for an organisation that builds schools in her hometown.

In July 2013, Savage signed an endorsement deal with MTN Nigeria reportedly worth ₦30 million. She also signed endorsement deals with Pepsi, Forte oil, Maggi and Pampers Nigeria.

She is one of the successful and career driven women in the music industry. She has been able to leverage on the talent to achieve success on many fronts.