ARTIST PROFILE

Teyana Taylor

Name: Teyana Taylor

Birthday: December 10, 1990

Fav Dish: Chicken ‘n Waffles

Teyana Taylor is an American recording artist and actress from Harlem, New York.

Teyana Taylor was born December 10, 1990 and raised in Harlem, New York City. She is of Afro-Trinidadian descent. Taylor is her mother’s only child. Her father has two sons and another daughter from a different relationship. Her mother raised her with her family and is currently her manager.

At age nine, she picked up a microphone in front of a crowd and began performing. Taylor was enrolled in many different talent competitions, including the Apollo Theater National All-Stars talent search, although she never won. Growing up, Taylor had strong influences from Lauryn Hill, Stevie Wonder, Janet Jackson, and Michael Jackson.

Teyana Taylor gained recognition in the States on an early-2007 episode of MTV’s My Super Sweet 16. By the time it aired, she had already signed to Star Trak/Interscope, helped popularize the Chicken Noodle Soup dance, and aided in the choreography for Beyoncé’s “Ring the Alarm” video.

Taylor’s brash first single, the Jazze Pha-produced “Google Me,” reached number 90 on Billboard’s Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart in 2008. The following year, she released a mixtape, From a Planet Called Harlem, and she co-wrote “So Cold” for Chris Brown.

In 2010, she contributed some vocals to Kanye West’s My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, but her solo career stalled.

A couple years later, she was released from her Interscope contract and subsequently uploaded new material as free downloads. She signed to West’s Def Jam-affiliated GOOD label, appeared on the Cruel Summer compilation, and released a clutch of steamy R&B singles prior to her proper debut album, VII, in 2014.

As an actor, she has appeared in several movies, including Stomp the Yard 2: Homecoming, Madea’s Big Happy Family, and The Love Section. ~ Andy Kellman, Rovi.

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