Bryson Tiller is a talented award-winning R&B singer who broke onto the showbiz scene in 2015 following the release of his debut single, ‘Don’t’, which earned him two BET Awards for Best New Artist and Best Male R&B/Pop Artist.
The Louisville, Kentucky native, whose Mayor gave the key to the city, subsequently naming March 12th Bryson Tiller Day in Lousiville, has described his type of music as not the typical R&B but rather as a fusion of trap and hip-hop. Regardless of what he describes it as, Tiller’s music has been well received by the public with ‘Don’t’ in particular garnering over 41 million views on YouTube.
Bryson Tiller was born Bryson Djuan Tiller on January 2, 1993, in Louisville, Kentucky. Details about his father are unknown, however, his mother died when he was just four years of age. This left him and his younger brother Eric to be raised by their grandmother.
From an early age, Tiller was a big fan of music. It, however, took him till the age of 15, when he entered high school to start recording himself, singing and rapping. He attended Iroquois High School in southwestern Louisville Kentucky.
With life coming very fast at him, Tiller needed to provide for his family so he dropped out of school to get a full-time job at the pizza franchise restaurant Papa Johns as well as package delivery company UPS. He, however, still continued to do music from his living room with the hopes of at least becoming a songwriter. He sighted songwriter-turned musician, The Dream, as his biggest influence at the time.
Bryson Tiller later moved to Miami to chase his dreams of becoming a singer, revealing that he had to sleep in his car most times. His life then took a huge turn in October 2014 when he uploaded ‘Don’t’ to his Soundcloud account.
Various record labels and producers began to take notice of the track as it received huge online shares. This prompted him to officially release the song as the lead single to his debut album. In the meantime, music executives had begun clamouring for his signature. He eventually chose to sign what has been described as a creative partnership deal with RCA Records, declining deals from labels such as Drake’s OVO Sound among many others.
Tiller had begun to gather a lot of buzzes as fans anticipated his album. The converted Rolling Stone magazine, in September 2015, featured him among their list of new artists that people should get to know. A month later, on October 2, 2015, Bryson Tiller released his debut album titled Trapsoul.
Upon its release, the album went straight to number 11 on the US Billboard 200 chart, peaking at the number 8 spot. The second single from the album, ‘Exchange’, got nominated for a Grammy Award and peaked at number 26 on the Billboard Hot 100 while the third single ‘Sorry Not Sorry’ peaked at number 67.
More success unfolded for the young superstar as he began appearing on a lot of other artists’ records. He most notably featured on Dj Khaled’s ‘Wild Thoughts’ alongside Rihanna. He was also listed on Forbes Magazine’s 30 Under 30 list of exceptional entrepreneurs, entertainers, and celebrities under the age of 30.
On May 26, 2017, Tiller released his second album titled ‘True to Self’. The album debuted at number 1 on the Billboard 200, becoming the singer’s first number 1 album.
Bryson Tiller Baby Mother (Girlfriend), Daughter
Bryson Tiller has been in a longterm relationship with Markea Bivens who is also his baby mother. Not much is known about Bivens as she and Tiller like to keep a somewhat low profile. Tiller has, however, revealed that his hit track ‘Don’t’ was inspired by his relationship with her.
It is not clear when exactly the couple began dating or if indeed they are currently together despite multiple reports of them being engaged. Regardless of what the situation is, the two work very closely and can be seen together as they co-parent their young daughter. Pictures of their daughter, Harley, as well as of his baby mother can be seen in Tiller’s Instagram.
Height, Weight, and Other Facts
Birth Name: Bryson Djuan Tiller
Date of Birth: January 2, 1993
Place of Birth: Louisville, Kentucky, U.S.
Profession: Singer, Songwriter
Height: 5 feet 8inches (180 cm)
Weight: 70 kg (154 lbs)