As one of the most Successful Female Artiste in a competitive male-dominated industry, Tiwa Savage is undoubtedly the biggest female Singer-songwriter in Africa, especially his home country, Nigeria.
Tiwatope Savage (born 5 February 1980), professionally known as Tiwa Savage, also doubles as actress. She currently has a songwriting deal with Sony/ATV Music Publishing.
Tiwa has also signed a management and publishing deal with Roc Nation in June 2016. She co-wrote the track “Collard Greens & Cornbread” off Fantasia Barrino’s Grammy-nominated album, Back to Me
Her debut studio album Once Upon a Time was released on 3 July 2013. It was supported by seven singles: “Kele Kele Love”, “Love Me (3x)”, “Without My Heart”, “Ife Wa Gbona”, “Folarin”, “Olorun Mi” and “Eminado”. Savage’s second studio album R.E.D was released on 19 December 2015. It was supported by two singles: “My Darlin” and “Standing Ovation”. In September 2017, Savage released her debut extended play Sugarcane. It was also supported by two singles: “All Over” and “Ma Lo”. Savage sings in English and Yoruba.
Her contribution to the Nigerian Music Industry has earned her several achievements, including the MTV Europe Music Award for Best African Act. In May 2019, Savage announced her record deal with Universal Music Group and exit from Mavin Records.
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 she was motivated by the drive and passion of the younger students. She also said she needed the school’s atmosphere. Savage spoke briefly about the challenges musicians face during their transition from backup to lead, and said that artists face more scrutiny when their performances are mediocre.
Her business background has helped her fully understand the scope of the Nigerian music industry. Savage spoke about her business background and said that her level of professionalism does not make her susceptible to deception.