Tweet was about 10 years ahead of the curve, she had the name Tweet before Twitter was even a thing. But all jokes a side Tweet is back with some new material, and she is long over due to bless us with some of the soul music that she is known for. Born as Charlene Keys in Rochester, NY she has sung since she was a young child along with her parents and her four older siblings (three brothers, Tom, Cedric and Lonnie, and one sister, Sundra). In 1990 at age 19 she gave birth to her daughter, Tashawna. Also during the early 90s Tweet joined a female trio called Sugah. In pursuit of a career in music she left her daughter with her parents who wer living in Panama City, Florida at the time. Sugah was made up of Tweet, Susan Weems, and Rolita White. The trio joined Jodeci’s Devante Swing’s Swing Mob collective. While there, Tweet met Timbaland, Magoo, Missy “Misdemeanor” Elliott (who at the time was a part of Sista). During her time withSugah, Tweet formed a close friendship with Elliott that would prove golden in the future.
Around 1999 Tweet split with Sugah and returned to her parents’ home in Panama City penniless and depressed. Tweet fell into a deeper depression after a string of bad relationships and a number of jobs she had suicidal thoughts, but she received a phone call from Elliott, calling to ask if Tweet would contribute background vocals on her album Miss E… So Addictive. Tweet told Elliott about her situation and what she was going through. Tweet calls Elliott her “Guardian Angel”.
In March 2002, Tweet entered the charts with her debut solo single, “Oops (Oh My)”, a risqué song about self-loving and appreciation. The song was produced by Timbaland and featured guest vocals by Missy Elliott. The single hit number one on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs and number seven on the Billboard Hot 100. Tweet released her debut album Southern Hummingbird to strong reviews. The album was filled with soul-stirring vocals and lyrics taken from Tweet’s own life experiences. Tweet had that old soul, that Newport and Kool cigarette flow, that one cd you had to have if you were in a on / off relationship. Tweet made music that got you through.
Between 2003 and 2015 she released independent music and did a slew of guest appearances. In July 2015, Tweet confirmed that she had signed with the independent eOne Music label. Her third regular studio album Charlene, featuring production from Missy Elliott, is expected to be released in 2016. Her new jaunt “Somebody Else Will” is what we have come to expect from her: soulful singinging with a dash of Missy Elliot. The beat is very “today” its in the vein of modern music but it is in its own lane. We here at Quite Trill are happy that Tweet is back.