Who is Tay Iwar?
Tay Iwar is a rising Nigerian singer, songwriter, sound engineer and record producer. He is known for his distinctive alté musical style which combines various elements of sound from classic R&B to Afrobeats with a dimension of the soul genre.
Full data profile of Nigeria singer, Tay Iwar
|Full name||Austin ‘Tay’ Iornongu Iwar|
|Age||23 years old|
|Birthday||June 9, 1997|
|State of origin||Benue State|
|Parents||Vivian and Austin Iwar|
|Career||Singer-songwriter, sound engineer,|
Tay Iwar childhood and education
Tay Iwar was born in Victoria Island, Lagos to parents Vivian and Austin Iwar. He is one out of three sons of the couple. Tay Iwar had most of his early education in Lagos, Nigeria until his family relocated to Abuja when he was 12 years old.
Tay Iwar music career
Oblivious of his future, Tay had made a resolve to become a lawyer at the age of 10 until he was 13 when he realized he had a gift for music after he took up playing guitars. At the age of 15, he started writing songs and developing ideas with a guitar gifted to him by his father. In the ninth grade, Tay was introduced to fruity loops production software by a classmate, he subsequently spent most of senior high school learning his way around recording and music production before leaving Nigeria to study Audio Engineering.
Although Tay Iwar admitted he started developing interest in music at the age of 13, he believes the foundation was laid at a much younger age. According to Tay Iwar, he was first introduced to music by his parents when they insisted that all the children in the family should attend a classical music school. Tay Iwar also added that his parents’ love for jazz, soul, blues, reggae and his brothers’ interest in hip/hop all influenced his choice of music.
Tay Iwar’s rise to fame
Tay Iwar was shot into the limelight when he teamed up with his brother, Sute Iwar, who is also a music artist, to produce his debut EP titled Passport in 2013.
Tay Iwar was later able to release an LP titled Renascentia on April 2017. Tay was the opening act for legendary jazz and soul singer Asa on her “Encore” Tour in Lagos in 2017. The feature was a big score to Tay Iwar’s career and a testament of his immense talent.
Tay Iwar’s 2017 LP title is loosely translated as re-birth from the post-Christ cultural movement in Seleucia. In 2019, Tay Iwar released his debut full-length album titled Gemini.
So far, Tay Iwar has made associations through music features and production of tracks for notable artists including the likes of Juls, M.I Abaga, Lady Donli, Odunsi (The Engine), Tomi Thomas, Santi, Preye, Leriq, Boogie, Suté, Jessica Bongos, Sarz, Ovid, Eve Urrah.
Tay Iwar songs and albums
From Passport EP (2014) and Sute Iwar EP ft Tay Iwar
- Lust or Love
- The Thirst (2015) Ft. Shiz
- Wuse II (2016) ft Odunsi
From Renascentia LP (2017)
- Equestrian Love
- 1997 (2018)
- Miracle Girl
- Gold (2019)
- Shoreditch Swing
From Gemini Album (2019)
- Don’t know
- Weather Song
- Call U
- It’s Okay
- Pick Up Your Phone (2020)
- Desire (2017) ft Funbi
- Careless (2018)
- Video Star (2018)
Tay Iwar awards and achievements in music
Tay Iwar’s musical contributions and influence in new-age Nigerian music have earned several recognitions, including:
- Choice producer at 2014 Nigerian Teen Choice Awards
- Choice Male Artist at 2015 Nigerian Teen Choice Awards
Tay Iwar net worth
Despite being a rising artiste, Tay Iwar’s net worth is currently estimated at over $350,000 (around N130 million in naira).
Tay Iwar Instagram and Twitter
Tay Iwar girlfriend
Tay Iwar is very private about several aspects of his personal life. He has often been described as “recluse” in the media. Information about Tay Iwar’s sexuality and his previous or current relationships are not available.
However, the lyrical content of his music which soulfully addresses several issues of love and relationships suggests that the singer might have had a taste of love and romance.
Other interesting facts about Tay Iwar
Tay Iwar opened up in an interview with Okay Africa that he has always been obsessed with emotional feelings and has been able to translate such emotions into his musical creativity.
The 23-year-old singer said:
“You make some songs because you feel like you should express yourself and someone else would relate to your story. You feel like maybe no one is saying exactly how you feel, so you should be the one to say it. And my interaction with music has always been…I get goosebumps when I hear songs that I like, you know. I feel it physically. So, I would want to make people feel the same way, so that’s just how I approach it.”