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FKA Twigs Biography: Age, Career, Boyfriend, Songs & Net Worth

There are certain things that you need to know about the popular English singer-songwriter, record producer, dancer, video director and actress FKA Twigs.

In this post you will find information about FKA Twigs biography, age, state of origin, date of birth, Boyfriend, net worth and other interesting facts you didn’t know about the  prolific English singer-songwriter, record producer, dancer, video director and actress.

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Biography

Tahliah Debrett Barnett popularly known as FKA Twigs was born on 17 January 1988.

Tahliah Debrett Barnett was born and raised in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire. Her mother is an English woman of partly Spanish descent who used to be a dancer and gymnast, and her father, a musician, is Jamaican. 

She was raised by her mother and stepfather, a “jazz fanatic”, and did not meet her father until she was 18.

Barnett grew up in Gloucestershire, and described the county as “kind of in the middle of nowhere”.

She attended St Edward’s School, Cheltenham, a private Catholic school for boys and girls aged 11 to 18. Her education at the school was funded by an academic scholarship. 

From a young age, she undertook opera and ballet lessons and took part in several St Edward’s School productions.

At age 16, Barnett started making music in youth clubs. At 17, she moved to South London to pursue a career as a dancer where she also attended the BRIT School.

After changing her focus from dance to music, she transferred from the BRIT School to Croydon College to pursue an education in fine arts.

She worked as a backup dancer in music videos by artists such as Kylie Minogue, Plan B, Ed Sheeran, Taio Cruz, Dionne Bromfield, Jessie J, and Wretch 32.

Barnett was a backup dancer for Jessie J in her 2010 video for “Do It like a Dude”, and appeared again in her 2011 video for “Price Tag” She also appeared in Dionne Bromfield’s video “Yeah Right”.

In 2011, she appeared in a two-minute BBC comedy sketch titled Beyoncé Wants Groceries, in which she was a backup dancer in a supermarket. 

At 18, Barnett began working with local London producers to try to find what she calls “her sound”. 

Around this time is when she wrote “I’m Your Doll”. She ended up producing a lot of “really bad demos”. 

For a time, she worked as a hostess in a strip club and also sang periodically at The Box.

Career

In August 2012, Barnett was photographed for the cover of i-D magazine. She became known as Twigs for the way her joints crack.

She added the initialism FKA to her name when another act called the Twigs – twin sisters active and recording since 1994 – asked her to change her stage name.

Barnett self-released her music debut, EP1, on Bandcamp on 4 December 2012. She posted a video for each song on her YouTube channel.

In August 2013, she released the video for her first single, “Water Me”, it was directed by Jesse Kanda. 

That same month The Guardian profiled Barnett for their “New Band of the Day” feature, describing her as “the UK’s best example to date of ethereal, twisted R&B.”

Barnett’s second extended play, EP2, was released through the Young Turks record label in September. It was produced by Barnett and Arca. 

Pitchfork gave EP2 a rating of 8/10. In December, she was nominated for the BBC’s Sound of 2014 prize, and was chosen by Spotify for their Spotlight on 2014 list. Barnett was then featured on Billboard’s 14 Artists to Watch in 2014.

Her debut studio album, LP1, was released on 6 August through Young Turks. The album received widespread critical acclaim and placed high on several year-end critics’ lists. 

Time gave a positive review, saying that Barnett has “made that transition to one of the most compelling and complex acts in R&B”, and later ranked it, as did Clash, #1 album of the year.

She then announced a world tour starting on 2 October at The Dome in Brighton, East Sussex and ending on 3 December in Orlando, Florida at The Social.

That same August, Barnett was signed to London-based production company Academy Films as part of their A+ roster. 

On 20 August, she uploaded three videos to her YouTube channel which she directed: a video titled “Wet Wipez”, starring the London dance crew of the same name; a video titled “tw-ache”, which is a remix of the EP1 song “Ache”; and a video for the Lucki Eck$ track “Ouch Ouch”, which she also produced.

On 7 November 2014, producer Boots announced he was working with Barnett on her third EP. The video for “Glass & Patron”, the first song released from this EP, was posted on her YouTube channel on 23 March 2015; it was directed by Barnett.

In February 2015, she performed Congregata, a theatrical “coming together” and choreographed performance that visualised “the story of my life while making this album” at the Roundhouse in Camden London.

On 18 February 2016, Barnett debuted a new song and music video titled “Good to Love”. 

The song premiered earlier at Soundtrack 7, her seven-day residency at Manchester International Festival that took place in July 2015.

She also performed the song on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on 24 February.

On 9 July, Barnett debuted a new stage show called “Radiant Me²” at Moscow’s Lastochka Festival, where she unveiled three previously unheard songs.

In August 2016, the dance film Soundtrack 7 was premiered. Directed by Barnett, the film was created, performed and filmed on-site across seven days at Manchester International Festival in 2015.

She later did advertising work directing, narrating and starring in a television ad for Nike, and dancing in Apple’s advertisement for HomePod, thus gaining worldwide visibility

Barnett appeared on A$AP Rocky’s album Testing in 2018, featuring on the track “Fukk Sleep”.

On 24 April 2019, she released the single, “Cellophane”, her first release since “Good to Love” in 2016. 

In September, Barnett announced that her second album, co-produced with Nicolas Jaar among others, would be titled Magdalene, supported by second single “Holy Terrain” (featuring Future) on 9 September.

On 7 October, she released the third single, “Home with You”, and announced that the album would be delayed until 8 November. The fourth single, “Sad Day”, was released on 4 November.

Magdalene was released on 8 November 2019, as planned, and received universal critical acclaim. The album ranked No. 1 on four year-end lists (The A.V. Club, Clash, Now, and Time) and in the top-five of seven other lists. 

The same day, the film Honey Boy, in which Barnett played Shy Girl, had a commercial premiere. The movie received positive reviews from critics.

In August 2020, she appeared in an OnlyFans-inspired music video for the song “Sum Bout U ” with rapper 645AR. Video for “Sad Day”, directed by Hiro Murai, premiered on 28 August. 

In September, Barnett received 4 nominations for the 2020 UK Music Video Awards, “Sad Day” won later the best cinematography in a video.

On 25 January 2021, Barnett announced the single “Don’t Judge Me”, featuring North London rapper Headie One and producer Fred Again, to be released the next day alongside a video co-directed by Dutch-Ghanaian director Emmanuel Adjei and herself.

The same day, she took part in a podcast episode with Louis Theroux and discussed her previous known relationships and an upcoming album, stating “It was all via the internet…I have more collaborations and features on this album than I ever had before.” 

In February, she described the album as a “going out” record, and revealed it would feature collaborations with Nigerian Afrobeats star Rema, British hip-hop up-and-comer Pa Salieu. 

A few days later, Barnett, interviewed by British actress and screenwriter Michaela Coel, revealed that she had changed the undisclosed, original title of the upcoming record due to a well-known artist titling a non-musical project the same thing. 

In July 2021, Barnett directed the music video for Koreless’ “White Picket Fence” single.

Barnett joined the official FKA Twigs Discord server in September 2021, and shared details about the upcoming record. 

Barnett confirmed the project to be a mixtape, and listed El Guincho, Koreless, and Arca, as well as new collaborators American hip-hop producer Mike Dean and Canadian pop producer Cirkut, as producers for the project.

She additionally teased a collaboration with Swedish rapper Yung Lean on Instagram.

Barnett released the single “Measure of a Man”, featuring British rapper Central Cee, on 18 November 2021, which appears as part of the film soundtrack for The King’s Man.  “Tears in the Club” featuring Canadian singer the Weeknd was released on December 16. 

The song was her first release under Atlantic Records and served as the lead single from her mixtape, titled Caprisongs, which was released on 14 January 2022. 

Caprisongs also includes appearances from Pa Salieu, Daniel Caesar, Rema, Jorja Smith, Unknown T, Dystopia and Shygirl.

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FKA Twigs Songs

  • LP1 
  • M3LL155X 
  • Magdalene
  • Caprisongs

FKA Twigs Movie

  • Director
  • Honey Boy   
  • Sad Day
  • Brighton Beach

Net Worth

FKA Twigs net worth is estimated to be $4 million.

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