Tahliah Debrett Barnett, known by the stage name FKA twigs, is a British singer, songwriter, producer and dancer.
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Tahliah Debrett Barnett (born 16 January 1988), known by the stage name FKA twigs, is a British singer, songwriter, producer and dancer. She was born and raised in Gloucestershire, and became a backup dancer after moving to London when she was 17 years old. Barnett first entered the music industry with the release of her extended plays EP1 (2012) and EP2 (2013). Her debut studio album LP1 (2014) peaked at number 16 on the UK Albums Chart and number 30 on the U.S. Billboard 200.
Early life and career beginnings
Tahliah Debrett Barnett was born in Gloucestershire. Her father is Jamaican, and her mother, who used to be a dancer and a gymnast, is of part English and Spanish descent. Barnett was raised by her mother and stepfather. She did not meet her father, a jazz dancer, until she was 18. She grew up in Gloucestershire, and she has described the county as "kind of in the middle of nowhere." She attended St. Edward's School, Cheltenham, a private Catholic school. She came from a low-income family and her education at the school was paid for by an academic scholarship.
At 16, Barnett started making music in youth clubs. At the age of 17, twigs moved to London to pursue a career as a dancer. She worked as a backup dancer in music videos by artists such as Kylie Minogue, Ed Sheeran, and Taio Cruz. She 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". In 2011, she appeared in a two-minute BBC comedy sketch titled Beyonce Wants Groceries, in which she was a backup dancer in a supermarket. In August 2012, twigs 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 artist called the Twigs complained about her use of the name. "FKA" stands for "Formerly Known As".
Musical style and influences
FKA twigs has been described as "catchy pop" with "whispery vocals". It has been compared to the work of Tricky as well as the xx and Massive Attack. Her Slate review pegs her as distinctive in a way that rises above her influences.
The first singers who had an impact on FKA twigs were Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald and Marvin Gaye. When she started composing songs, she wanted to reproduce music she liked: "every bit of music that I made sounded like a pastiche of Siouxsie and the Banshees or Adam Ant. But through that I discovered myself". Describing her artistry, she says : "I am not restricted by any musical genre. I like to experiment with sounds, generating emotions while putting my voice on certain atmospheres. [...] Younger, I only listened to punk, Siouxsie and the Banshees [...] and then I found my own way of playing punk. I like industrial sounds and incorporating everyday life's sounds like a car alarm."
In April 2015, it was confirmed that she is engaged to actor Robert Pattinson after it was revealed they were dating in September 2014.
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FKA Twigs attends the nominations launch for The Brit Awards 2015 at ITV Studios on January 15, 2015 in London, England.
FKA Twigs attends the BRIT Awards 2015 at The O2 Arena on February 25, 2015 in London, England.
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UK Vogue June 2016
THE CREATIVE REVIEW PT.1
PHOTOGRAPHER: TIM WALKER
TALENT: EDIE CAMPBELL, LORD SNOWDON, BRYAN FERRY, JEAN CAMPBELL, GEORGIA MAY JAGGER, JERRY HALL, DAVID BAILEY, FENTON BAILEY, SASCHA BAILEY, STACY MARTIN, EDDIE REDMAYNE, ADWOA ABOAH, ELLIOTT JAY BROWN, KATE MOSS, LILA GRACE MOSS, LILY DONALDSON, KAREN ELSON, MICHAEL CLARK, TILDA SWINTON, GRAVITY FATIGUE DANCERS (STEPHANIE MCMANN, INPANG OOI, MARSO RIVIERE, JACK WEB, BEN WHISHAW, CHARLOTTE RAMPLING, NAOMI CAMPBELL, FKA TWIGS, GRAYSON PERRY, PETER BLAKE, ANTHONY JOSHUA, STEVE MCQUEEN, KEIRA KNIGHTELY, STELLA TENNANT, ERIN O’CONNOR & DAVID HOCKNEY
SET DESIGN: EMMA ROACH (EDDIE REDMAYNE, GRAVITY FATIGUE DANCERS, CHARLOTTE RAMPLING, FKA TWIGS, PETER BLAKE AND ANTHONY JOSHUA, STEVE MCQUEEN, STELLA TENNANT) & SHONA HEATH (LILY DONALDSON)
HAIR: SAM MCKNIGHT MAKE-UP: SAM BRYANT (ERIN O’CONNOR JEAN CAMPBELL & EDIE CAMPBELL)
HAIR: SHON MAKE-UP/GROOMING: SAM BRYANT (STELLA TENNANT, KEIRA KNIGHTLEY, STEVE MCQUEEN, PETER BLAKE, ANTHONY JOSHUA, TILDA SWINTON, KAREN ELSON, LILY DONALDSON, ADWOA ABOAH, EDDIE REDMAYNE, GEORGIA MAY JAGGER, JERRY HALL & BRYAN FERRY)
HAIR: SOICHI INAGAKI MAKE-UP: SAM BRYANT NAILS: IMARNI (FKA TWIGS)
HAIR: SHON MAKE-UP: ALEX BABSKY (NAOMI CAMPBELL)
HAIR: SHON MAKE-UP: MIRANDA JOYCE (CHARLOTTE RAMPLING & STACY MARTIN)
MAKE-UP: ISAMAYA FFRENCH (MICHAEL CLARK)
HAIR: SAM MCKNIGHT MAKE-UP: MIRANDA JOYCE (LILA GRACE & KATE MOSS)
HAIR: GIANNI SCUMACI GROOMING: MIRANDA JOYCE (DAVID BAILEY, FENTON BAILEY, SASCHA BAILEY)
GROOMING: GARY GILL (LORD SNOWDON)
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