Saturday, May 30, 2009

Tyka Nelson

Tyka Nelson (born in 1960 in Minneapolis, Minnesota) is a female R&B singer and the younger sister of the one and only Prince.

She grew up listening to Mahalia Jackson records, wrote her first song when she was 10 years old and plays numerous instruments such as piano, guitar, bass and clarinet.

Prince offered Tyka the use of his Paisley Park Studios & money to fund an album, but she wanted to get a record deal on her own. After attending attending college & having two children, she signed a record deal with Chrysalis/Cooltempo Records.
In 1988, Tyka released her debut album, "Royal Blue." It is unknown how or if the album ever charted.
She released her first single, "Marc Anthony's Theme" which peaked at #33 on Billboard's Hot Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 11 weeks. The song also peaked at #99 on the U.K. Singles chart and became a hit in Holland that summer.
Her second single, "L.O.V.E." peaked at #52 on Billboard's Hot Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 7 weeks.
In 1989, Tyka released her sophomore album, "Yellow Moon, Red Sky" which was moderately successful in the Netherlands, Europe, and Spain.

After the failure of her second album, her life took a downward spiral. In the early 2000s, Tyka did an interview with "The National Enquirer" claiming that she had a crack addiction, sold her body for sex to support her habit & her children and claimed that Prince didn't do anything to help her out.

In 2006, Tyka resurfaced with a new look and a commitment to God, claiming that God, her children and Prince helped her kick her drug habit and get her life back in order. In 2008, she released her third album, "A Brand New Me" which is now available on CD Baby. She even published a book entitled "Mama Never Taught Me How To Sing."
These days, Tyka appears to still be active in the music business. In 2011, she released her latest album to date "Hustler."

To see a fan-made video for "Marc Anthony's Tune," go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l4RCDFnzw0U

To see a fan-made video for "L.O.V.E.," go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AWfIaVCl8t4


[Updated on 04\21\2016]

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