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Singer Tweet Biography: Family, Career, Album, and Awards

Singer Tweet


Tweet, as she was known growing up on Custer Street in Rochester, New York, was born Charlene Keyes on January 21, 1971, in a musical family where she learned to play the drums and the guitar. Her parents are missionary pastor Shirley Keys and guitarist Tom Keys. Tweet has three brothers, Tom II, Cedric, and Lonnie, as well as a sister, Sundra.

Tweet was raised in the Pentecostal Church and was interested in church activities. She graduated in 1988 from the Rochester School for the Performing Arts, a progressive alternative public middle and high school. Tweet went on to attend Monroe Community College in Rochester, New York.

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Tashawna Johnson was born in 1990, when she was 19 years old, to her and Shawn Johnson. Tweet’s parents encouraged her to raise the child in Panama City, Florida, while she pursued her music career. Tweet joined the female vocal ensemble Sugah in 1994 and stayed with them until their disbandment in 2000. It never released an album.

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Tweet appeared as a backup singer on Missy Elliott’s 2001 album Miss E… So Addictive. “Oops (Oh My)” was included on Tweet’s debut studio album Southern Hummingbird in 2002. Missy Elliott co-wrote the song, which peaked at number one on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart and reached number seven on the Billboard Hot 100. The album peaked at number three on the Billboard 200 chart and sold over 500,000 copies.

Tweet was named the “Best New Artist of the Year” by Vibe magazine in 2002. She performed at the 16th Annual Soul Train Music Awards in 2002 and was nominated for “Best R&B/soul or rap new artist” in 2003. Tweet received the key to the city of Rochester, New York, the same year. While working on her 2005 album It’s Me Again, she had a minor character role in the film Honey in 2004.

Tweet signed with the DuBose Music Group in 2011, and “Simply Tweet” was released in 2013. Tweet’s “Won’t Hurt Me” peaked at number 23 on Billboard’s Adult R&B Airplay chart in 2015 and stayed there for 9 weeks. The following year, in 2016, her “Neva Shouda Left Ya” charted at number 23 and remained there for 12 weeks.

Tweet appeared on the television talk show “The Preachers” that year, hosted by Jamal Bryant, pastor of Baltimore’s Empowerment Temple AME Church, who publicly referred to Tweet as his “Last Lady.” However, the relationship was brief.

Tweet released the album Charlene in 2020, which included guest appearances from Missy Elliott, who had been instrumental in her success in the music industry.


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