Tems, the Grammy-winning Nigerian singer, has explained what inspired her to pursue a career in music.
In a recent interview with Hot 97 FM, a British radio station, the vocalist stated that she began composing music because “I didn’t have friends.”
Tems stated that music is her method of expressing herself and connecting with others.
“I am an original. Also, I am just all about being truthful to myself. My music is for people that relate to it. My music is coming from me. My music is my outlet. I started making music because I did not have friends. I needed something to say. I had something to say and I did not have anyone to say it to so I will just sing it,” she said.
“I will write it in a song. I will record it on my phone. And I was doing that for years. Whether anybody listens to it or not, I have to release it. Whether it does well, whether it does not do well, it is none of my business. And it is for the people that can connect to it – That are going through the same thing.”
Temilade Openiyi, born Temilade Openiyi, rose to international prominence in 2020 as a result of her collaboration with Wizkid on the song “Essence.”
She has subsequently become a fan favorite in the Nigerian music business, winning numerous prizes and accolades.
The singer received her first Grammy trophy in February.
She won the award for ‘Best Melodic Rap Performance’ for her role in Future’s 2022 hit song ‘Wait for U,’ which included Drake.
Tems recently released ‘Me & U,’ a song she penned while “having a conversation with God.”