I hope when people see me, they see God, working through me,” Tems states calmly in a signature Lagosian drawl. For her, it’s the only way to explain her journey so far and the relationship she bears to the music she creates. Releasing her debut single in summer of 2018 -after quitting her digital marketing job at the top of 2018, much to the dismay of her family -the response was so electric that the 25-year-old artist and producer knew she’d got it right.
Her speaking voice is smooth, alto and languorous, as she explains that she had never really considered music as a career option when she was young: to begin with she was just a fan. Growing up on a diet of Aaliyah, Asa and Frank Ocean, where she just enjoyed singing for fun, it wasn’t until she was around 17 that she realised it might be her calling. “I tried to not go to school but that didn’t work out,”
Tems will be performing at Nite Tails in London on Wednesday 17th November 2021.