Titiyo

Sweden

Titiyo
  • Awards:
  • Grammis award 1989: Newcomer of the year
  • Grammis award 1990: Best female pop/rock artist
  • Grammis award 1997: Best female pop/rock artist
  • Grammis award 2001: Song of the year ("Come Along")

Titiyo Yambalu Felicia Jah (born 23 July 1967) is a Swedish recording artist and songwriter who has won four Grammis.

Biography:
Early life: Titiyo was born in Stockholm, Sweden, to Ahmadu Jah, a Sierra Leonean drummer, and Maylen Bergström. She is the half-sister of singer-songwriter Neneh Cherry, the stepdaughter of jazz trumpeter and composer Don Cherry and stepsister to Eagle-Eye Cherry. She also grew up in Solna.

Musical career:
Titiyo discovered her own singing abilities when invited by her older sister to sing with her at a studio in London. She fronted her own band in 1987 and played the Stockholm circuit, and signed with a local label, Telegram, in 1989. She also sang background vocals for a range of Swedish artists, including Army of Lovers and Jakob Hellman. In 1989, Titiyo released her self-titled debut album, which topped at #3 in Sweden, and was released in the United States on Arista, and became one of the contributions to a Swedish R & B wave in the US that lasted throughout the nineties.

Titiyo, then in her early twenties, stepped onto the stage and invented Scandinavian soul.

The single "My Body Says Yes" was a hit in North America, and "Talking to the Man in the Moon" reached #6 in the Swedish charts; the subsequent single, "After the Rain," reached #13.

Titiyo took a two-year break and returned in 1993 with the Aretha Franklin cover "Never Let Me Go" (a hit that reached number 25 on Swedish chart), later included on her second full-length This is Titiyo. Remixes of this and some of her other songs were popular in the London club scene.

Her third album, Extended, produced by Kent (Gillström) Isaacs (released by the Swedish label Diesel Music), appeared in 1997, producing the hit single "Josefin Dean" (named after Mariah Carey's best friend).

In 2001, Titiyo revitalised her career with her successful fourth studio album Come Along (released in the US in 2002; also on Diesel Music), spawning the eponymous single "Come Along", which became an international hit. Produced by Peter Svensson (The Cardigans) and Joakim Berg (Kent), the album and its title song made it to the top of in the Swedish charts, while the single was a success in several European countries including France, Germany, Switzerland, and the Netherlands. The second single from the album, "1989", was not nearly as successful as its predecessor but reached the top-30 of the French singles chart.

After a lengthy hiatus, Warner Music released a greatest hits album named Best of Titiyo in 2004, which included two new songs. One of these songs, "Loving out of Nothing", charted within the top-20 in Sweden in early 2005.

In spring 2008, Titiyo was asked to contribute vocals to Kleerup's single "Longing for Lullabies". Released in April 2008 in Scandinavia, the single has since reached the top 20 in Denmark and top 10 in Sweden.

Titiyo released her fifth album, Hidden, on the Swedish independent label Sheriff late 2008. The album mainly feature self-penned material but also results of collaborations with the likes of Kleerup, Moto Boy, and Goran Kajfes of Oddjob. So far videos for "Stumble to Fall" and "Awakening" have been released.

In Sept 2014 Titiyo announced she was returning to soul music having been made aware of the new soul sounds in Scandinavia.

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