Tanita Tikaram

Genres: Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s

Biography

12 August 1969, Munster, Germany. Tikaram’s intense lyrics brought her instant commercial success at the age of 19. She spent her early years in Germany where her Fijian-born father was serving with the British army. In 1982, the family moved to England, settling in Basingstoke, Hampshire. Tikaram began writing songs and in November 1987 played her first gig at London’s Mean Fiddler, after sending a cassette of her songs to the venue. By the time of her fourth gig, she was supporting Warren Zevon at the Hammersmith Odeon. Following an appearance on a local London television show, she was signed to Warner Brothers Records and recorded Ancient Heart in 1988. The producers were Rod Argent (ex-Zombies) and experienced session musician Peter Van Hooke. ‘Good Tradition’ and ‘Twist In My Sobriety’ were immediate hits in the UK and across Europe. The album was a huge success and Tikaram became a role model for artists aspiring to emulate...

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