Tiwatope Savage-Balogun, better known by her stage name Tiwa Savage, is a Nigerian singer, songwriter, performer and actress. She currently has a songwriting deal with Sony/ATV Music Publishing.
Tiwa Savage is married to Tunji “Tee Billz” Balogun. On 23 November 2013, the couple held their traditional marriage at the Ark in Lekki. The couple’s white wedding was held on 26 April 2014, at the Armani Hotel in Dubai. On 1 January 2015, Savage and her husband, Tunji “Tee Billz” Balogun, announced that they were expecting their first child together. On 22 July 2015, Tiwa Savage gave birth to her son Jamil Balogun. On 28 April 2016, Tunji “Tee Billz” Balogun, in a series of social media posts, accused his wife of infidelity as well as her mother of witchcraft. In a 45-minute interview conducted by Thisday newspaper and Pulse Nigeria, Tiwa Savage extensively addressed her husband’s lengthy social media posts regarding their marriage. She debunked her husband’s infidelity claims and accused him of financial recklessness, drug addiction, and abandonment. Moreover, she said that her marriage to him is over.
Tiwa Savage was born in Ikeja, the capital of 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, to name a few.
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 on 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.
Born: February 5, 1980, Ikeja, Nigeria
Spouse: Tunji “Tee Billz” Balogun (m. 2013)
Parents: Cecilia Savage
Albums: R.E.D, Once Upon a Time
Record labels: Mavin Records, Roc Nation Records, Sony/ATV Music Publishing
Tiwa Savage Songs
Eminado, My Darling, Bad, If I Start to Talk, Key to the City Remix, Ife Wa Gbona, Standing Ovation, Without My Heart, African Waist, Olorun Mi, Kele Kele, Baby Mo, Folarin, Bang Bang Remix, Rewind, Stand as One, Love Me, Love Me, Love Me, Ileke, Eji Ma Fia, Written All over Your Face, Get Low, Love Me Hard, Bitch Better Have My Money BBHMM, Kolobi, Adura, Before Nko, Why Don’t You Love Me, Oma Ga.
AduraAfrican WaistBaby MoBadBang Bang RemixBefore NkoBitch Better Have My Money BBHMMEji Ma FiaEminadoFolarinGet LowIf I Start to TalkIfe Wa GbonaIlekeKele KeleKey to the City RemixKolobiLove MeLove Me HardMy DarlingOlorun MiOma GaRewindStand as OneStanding OvationTiwa SavageTiwatope SavageTiwatope Savage-BalogunWhy Don't You Love MeWithout My HeartWritten All over Your Face