Decades: 2000s


Charlene Keys, 21 January 1972, Rochester, New York, USA. The youngest of five children, Keys was prompted to follow a musical career ever since she sang at church in Rochester, New York, where she also coined her nickname. While as a budding apprentice, she met Missy ‘Misdemeanor’ Elliott, and the duo’s firm friendship proved crucial to her career. During the mid-90s she endured a disastrous spell in the girl group Sugar, before returning to her parents in Panama City, Florida. She resolved to give up the music business, but luckily Elliott rang with a request for Tweet’s backing vocals on her Miss E … So Addictive album. It proved a resurgent point in Tweet’s life and career and also spawned some deeply heartfelt songs. One of these, ‘Motel’, came to Elliott’s attention and resulted in a recording contract with Elektra Records.

Tweet’s 2002 debut Southern Hummingbird featured typically slick...

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