Titiyo

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Titiyo
Titiyo at Stockholm Pride 2009.jpg
Background information
Birth name Titiyo Yambalu Felicia Jah
Born (1967-07-23) 23 July 1967 (age 47)
Genres Pop, soul, R&B
Occupations Singer-songwriter
Years active 1989–present
Labels Warner Music
Associated acts Eagle-Eye Cherry, Don Cherry, Neneh Cherry
Website www.titiyo.com

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

Biography[edit]

Early life[edit]

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.[1] She grew up in Solna.

Musical career[edit]

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.[2] 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.[3] The single "My Body Says Yes" was a hit in North America,[citation needed] and "Talking to the Man in the Moon" reached #6 in the Swedish charts;[4] the subsequent single, "After the Rain," reached #13.[2]

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[5]), 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).

Titiyo in Skellefteå 2008.

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.

Personal life[edit]

Titiyo's daughter Femi was born in 1992. Femi's father is music producer Magnus Frykberg.[6]

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Year Album Peak positions Certification
SWE
[7]
1990 Titiyo 3
1993 This Is Titiyo 1
1997 Extended 27
2001 Come Along 1
2008 Hidden 18

Compilations[edit]

Year Album Peak positions Certification
SWE
[7]
2004 A Collection of Songs 32
2013 Collection 54

Selected singles[edit]

Year Single Chart positions Album
SWE
[7]
BEL
(FL)
BEL
(WA)
DEN FRA GER NLD SWI UK[8] US
1989 "Man in the Moon" 6 Titiyo
"After the Rain" 13 60
1990 "Flowers" 71
1991 "My Body Says Yes" 42
1993 "Never Let Me Go" 25 This Is
1994 "Tell Me (I'm Not Dreaming)" 45
1995 "It Should Have Been You"
(Blacknuss feat. Jennifer Brown & Titiyo)
80 Blacknuss Allstars
(Blacknuss album)
1996 "We Vie" (Titiyo & Stakka Bo
with Fleshquartet and Nåid)
10 jr.
(Stakka Bo album)
2001 "Come Along" 3 17 35 7 13 11 20 22 Come Along
"1989" 56 43 23 88 83
2004 "Lovin' Out of Nothing" 17 Best of -
A Collection of Songs
2005 "Feels Like Heaven"
2008 "Longing for Lullabies" (with Kleerup) 7 71 14 Kleerup (Kleerup album)
"300 Slow Days in a Row"
(with Marit Bergman)
The Tear Collector
(Marit Bergman album)
"Longing for Lullabies" (solo version) 42 Hidden
"Stumble to Fall"
2009 "Awakening" 52
2010 "If Only Your Bed Could Cry"
(with Moto Boy)
"Side by Side" (with Theodor Jensen) Tough Love
(Theodor Jensen album)
2013 "Själen av en vän" 20

Grammis awards[edit]

As of 2011, Titiyo has won four Grammis:[9]

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

References[edit]

  1. ^ 'Come Along' With Titiyo, by Gerry Galipault, Nov. 27, 2002, retrieved Oct. 20, 2010.
  2. ^ a b Bogdanov, Vladimir; John Bush, Chris Woodstra, Stephen Thomas Erlewine (2003). All music guide to soul: the definitive guide to R&B and soul. Hal Leonard. p. 690. ISBN 978-0-87930-744-8. 
  3. ^ Lundquist, Anders (1998-12-12). "Sweden Raises Global R & B Presence: Upcoming Acts Aim for US Impact with Global Sounds". Billboard (Nielsen Company): 23. ISSN 0006-2510. 
  4. ^ "Titiyo - Talking To The Man In The Moon". Dutch Charts. Hung Medien. Retrieved 2009-04-02. 
  5. ^ "Biography for Titiyo". IMDB. Retrieved 15 April 2013. 
  6. ^ "Q R S T". Neneh Cherry Online - Bio. June 2004. Retrieved 009-04-02. 
  7. ^ a b c "Titiyo discography". swedishcharts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved 28 November 2013. 
  8. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 561. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 
  9. ^ "Grammisvinnarna genom åren", ifpi.se. Retrieved 30 March 2011.

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