Nigerian singer/songwriter and record producer Tems will be headlining the next edition of Apple Music’s Up Next program.
Apple’s Up Next is a monthly initiative geared towards identifying, showcasing and elevating rising talent.
Tems recently announced her signing to Since ’93/RCA Records, following the release of the lead single for her sophomore EP (If Orange Was A Place) ‘Crazy Tings’. It’s been an incredible year of sustained elevation for the 26-year-old, becoming the face of RNB in Nigeria, and earning a guest appearance on Drake’s long anticipated album Certified Lover Boy which released a few weeks back.
“I’m so so excited to be selected as the Apple Music Up Next artist,” says Tems. “I’m happy that I can share my story and the story of where I am from. Sending huge love to Apple Music for encouraging artists, and providing the visibility needed to impact societies on a global scale.”
In her Up Next film, Tems shares details of her journey, growing up with a single mom in Lagos, Nigeria, being extremely introverted, and afraid to use her regular singing voice because it was too “textured.” She also talks about the struggles of landing a job right after university because she knew she had to put bread on the table and that’s what her family wanted.
She tells Apple Music: “My decision to quit my job, that leap that I took, literally everything was just coming together. Just off ’Try Me’ alone I had a lot of shows. I couldn’t go out anymore, I couldn’t go to the supermarket anymore, I was like, ‘ok something is happening.’ ’Try Me’ came out of that strife, and I really wanted it to mean something, especially for Nigerians, people that live in this country, because things are hard.”
Check out a preview of Tems’ Up Next Film below
As part of the Up Next campaign, Tems will be performing on Jimmy Kimmel Live! on September 29 and will have a sit down interview with Apple Music 1’s Nadeska, where she discusses highlights from last year, working with Wizkid on ‘Essence,’ as well as its remix with Justin Bieber, and the new music she’s got on the way.