Emerging Lagos, Nigeria-based singer/songwriter Tems releases her new EP If Orange Was A Place. The EP release comes with the announcement of her signing with Since ‘93/RCA Records and the announcement of Tems as Apple Music’s Up Next artist. Tems will be performing her single “Crazy Tings” from the EP on Jimmy Kimmel Live! September 29th. In addition to the release of her new music, Tems is set to ignite the stage on her first U.S. headlining shows coming up the next few weeks in New York, Los Angeles and Chicago along with a set at Afropunk ATL.
RCA Chairman & CEO, Peter Edge and Co President of Since ’93, Glyn Aikins along with Tems offer the following about her signing.
RCA Chairman & CEO, Peter Edge: “We’re excited to welcome the immensely talented Tems to the RCA fold and embark on this new chapter with her alongside Since ’93. She’s an incredible artist whose unique style and vocal abilities have no bounds. There’s no doubt she’ll accomplish great things and we can’t wait to see Tems flourish.”
Co President of Since ’93, Glyn Aikins: “We are thrilled and excited to be working with Tems! A once in a generation artist whose originality and style is second to none. This unique partnership between Since 93 and RCA in the US to support Tems is a clear testament to our joint commitment to amplifying Tems’ message far and wide.”
Tems: “I am excited for everything the future holds. My team and I have been working really hard over the years, now we’re in a new season and on a higher level and things can only get better as we reach more people all over the world. I’m looking forward to this new partnership with RCA/Since ‘93 and working with their talented teams as we enter this next chapter.”
Apple Music 1 host Nadeska Alexis speaks on their Apple Music Up Next artist Tems’ career and artistry.
Apple Music 1 Host, Nadeska: “Tems once told me that ‘being yourself actually takes more courage than people would imagine.’ In her career that has meant ignoring opinions and pressure to compromise her music, while constantly defying expectations. Her debut EP was raw and addictive, leaving fans hungry for her next release. And no matter how her songwriting evolves, her unique and captivating vocal tone will bring her the spotlight on any original or feature record she touches.”
Tems has been having a standout year since releasing her last EP For Broken Ears. She’s a singer/songwriter/self-taught producer that writes, arranges and produces her music with a genre-blending sound that fuses R&B with soul, reggae and more in her own unique way. Recently, Tems was featured on the standout track “Fountains” on Drake’s latest album Certified Lover Boy and is featured on “the song of the summer” “Essence” with Afrobeats star Wizkid, which recently released a version featuring Justin Bieber. The original version just hit #1 at Urban Radio and #1 on Billboard’s R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay chart this week. She’s also worked with various artists such as Khalid, Disclosure, Davido and more. Beyond music, Tems is a gifted clothing designer who has created some of the outfits she will be wearing on her forthcoming U.S. tour.
This is just the beginning for Tems and there’s more on the way soon.
If Orange Was A Place EP Tracklist:
- Crazy Tings
- Found (feat. Brent Faiyaz)
- Avoid Things
- Vibe Out
Upcoming U.S. Shows:
Sept 19 New York, NY SOB’s
Sept 26 Atlanta, GA Afropunk Festival
Oct 2 Sacramento, CA Afro Riddim Festival
Oct 4 Los Angeles, CA The Roxy
Oct 6 Chicago, IL The Promontory
CLICK HERE TO LISTEN TO THE EP
Watch her Apple Music Up Next short documentary film HERE
Check out her Apple Music 1 interview with Nadeska HERE
Photo Credit: Roderick Ejuetami (@deeds_art)