Food For The Soul
By: Todd Davis
Born and Raised:
Real name: Charlene Keys.
Born: March 4, 1971 in Rochchester, NY.
In the early nineties Tweet joined the female quintet Sugah and relocated to Virginia, leaving her daughter with her parents in Florida. While in Virginia, she met many artists who would go on to have successful music careers, including producer/rapper Timbaland, the rapper Magoo, Missy Elliott and singer Ginuwine. Tweet wound up becomg good friends with Missy.
The Turning Point:
To date, Tweet has released two successful solo albums, 2002's Southern Hummingbirdand 2005's It's Me Again.
In late 2007, Tweet said in a series of interviews that due to record label politics, she had given serious thought to quitting the music business. Most of the problems were due to record label mergers during the recording of her second album, she said. Eventually, Tweet was released from her recording contract with Elektra/Atlantic Records.
signed with the independent label Umbrella Records and her third album,Love,
Tweet, was scheduled for release in December 2008. However, the release
date came and went without an album. Eventually she and the label parted
ways and Tweet found herself signed to DuBose Music Group in 2012. After
this, she issued a string of previously unreleased songs on her SoundCloud
page before finally releasing a five track EP called Simply Tweet in February
First things first, it's been nearly 10 long years since the release of your second solo collection, It's Me Again, and although you dropped your 5-track Simply Tweet (EP) in February 2013, from a musical perspective there really hasn't been much going on with you in that vein during the past (almost) decade -- How come?
Although there were
not many musical releases, I still stayed busy with shows and even signed
to two different labels. The only reason I can give is that the time wasn't
right. It's all in God's timing.
Still doing shows,
recording new material and just living life the way God expects. Being
a good mom, sister, friend...and now grandmother.
All I can say right now is that it will definitely be released (early next) year. A complete body of work of timeless music...food for the soul.
It's been reported that you recently signed a brand new recording deal -- What can you tell me about this label situation?
[Hot Off The Press: Tweet recently confirmed that she has since secured a contract with eOne Music, with her third proper solo album, Charlene, slated to be delivered on January 22nd 2016. The set's still untitled lead offering should bow sometime in August]
Also, word on the street is that you reconnected with your mentors; Missy Elliott and Timbaland -- How does it feel for you to be back in the lab with these musical geniuses? And, how much overall input/involvement will this dynamic duo have when it comes to Tweet 3.0?
Yes, we've reconnected
and plan on doing some amazing things. Missy and Tim always pushed me
to be myself...we rep originality, so they always enhance what's already
but the year! I'm still giving you music and lyrics that are out of my
diary. Think SOUTHERN HUMMINGBIRD X [times] 3.
I never compromise
the music. I've always stayed true to it and humble. My music touches
people and in the world of music now, that's lost.
Maybe fashion. I've
always wanted to open a restaurant...a school for up and coming artists
I don't fit in and
(am) comfortable being different. The state of R&B is hurting because
every form of music is thrown together making everything sound the same.
The record companies aren't pushing real soul or R&B, but whatever
is hot or in right now and putting a R&B stamp on it.
to (this) world with my music.
I plan (on) touring consistently and continue to do what the will of God is for my life.
there anything I left out or just plain forgot to mention? And lastly,
do you have any closing "thought(s)" for our readers?