Saturday, May 30, 2009
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.
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."
To see a fan-made video for "Marc Anthony's Tune," go to:
To see a fan-made video for "L.O.V.E.," go to:
[Updated on 04\21\2016]