When Bristol-born Tanya Lacey overheard a conversation in a newsagent where a woman said: “Nobody makes themselves in St. Pauls,” the singer was given the fuel that she needed to prove such doubters wrong, and she’s not doing too bad so far…
Having taken huge risks in pursuing her dream, Tanya quit her A-Levels midway through in order to audition for a local reggae band which already had a dedicated following and took to what she was doing, leading to her touring and writing with them. After eventually leaving the band and working with several local producers she eventually made the decision, now three years ago, to move to London in order to be in the heart of the music industry.
After a year of sleeping on studio floors and sofa surfing, Tanya signed a record deal with Sony Music which has lead her onto writing alongside the likes of Tinchy Stryder (Spotlight) Stooshe, Cover Drive, Dionne Bromfield and Loick Essien, with whom she scored a number 2 on the UK Singles chart with How We Roll. She also wrote a song which was at first discarded, but later ended up as the chorus for Will.i.am’s T.H.E with Jennifer Lopez and Mick Jagger.
Having already proven herself as a talented songf-writer it is now time for Tanya to step out into the limelight, and she is putting in work on her own solo material having spent some time absorbing the old school hip-hop vibes of New York that have influenced her so much as well as time in Atlanta with famed songwriter Dallas Austin, known for his work with TLC, Madonna and Kelis. Kicking off with her new single Greatness an R&B track featuring Kano, Tanya is preparing to make a huge impact with her upcoming debut EP, Head Chef which drops next month.
Words by Grant Brydon
Edited by Natalia