“I started making music because I didn’t have friends” – Tems


Grammy award-winning Nigerian singer and songwriter, Temilade Openiyi, professionally known as Tems, has revealed that she began making music because of her introverted nature and lack of friends.

She explained that her music is meant for people who can relate to her experiences and emotions.

Furthermore, the 28-year-old Grammy winner declared that no one can compete with her, and her only rival in music is herself.

Tems made this statement during an interview on Hot 97 FM in New York. She also emphasized that she would continue releasing songs even if nobody listens to them.

She said,

“I’m competitive within myself but I’m not competitive with other artistes. Nobody can compete with me.

I’m original. But also, I’m just all about being true to myself. My music is for people that relate to it. So my music is coming from me. And my music is my outlet.

I started making music because I didn’t have friends. I had something to say and I didn’t have anyone to say it to. So, I would just sing it. I will write it in a song and record it on my phone. I was doing that for years.

So, music is my outlet. Whether anybody listens to it or not, I’ve to release it. Whether it does well or not, it’s none of my business. But I need to release it. And it’s for the people that can connect with it and are going through the same thing.”


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