Singer, songwriter, dancer, actress and model, Teyana Taylor is a multi-talented bombshell. She got signed to Pharell Williams‘ Star Trak label as an aspiring artist and later gained prominence in the United States after featuring in an episode of the MTV reality series My Super Sweet 16.
Having joined Kanye West‘s GOOD Music label in 2012, Teyana Taylor released her debut album VII in 2014 which peaked at No. 1 on the US Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums. The multitalented music star has also worked with several major artists and has scored some major collaborations. She currently stars in her own VH1 reality series Teyana and Iman alongside her husband, NBA star, Iman Shumpert.
Teyana Taylor’s Bio
Teyana Taylor was born on December 10, 1990. She grew up in Harlem, Manhattan, New York. She is African-American with Trinidian ancestry. Taylor’s numerous talents manifested from a pretty young age and with the support of her mother, she participated in several talent contests although she didn’t win any of them.
In 2006, 16-year-old Teyana Taylor was credited as the choreographer on Beyonce‘s hit single “Ring the Alarm.” She landed a recording deal with Pharell Williams’ record label Star Trak Entertainment in early 2007. The youngster made her first major TV appearance on an episode of the MTV reality series My Super Sweet Sixteen which chronicled her own 16th birthday party. Later that year, she was featured as a dancer on Jay Z‘s 2007 hit “Blue Magic”.
In February 2008, Teyana Taylor released own debut single “Google Me”, which became the lead single of her first mixtape From a Planet Called Harlem which was released the following year. “Google Me” peaked at No. 90 on the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart. The multitalented artist delved into acting in August 2010 starring in Stomp the Yard: Homecoming, a sequel to 2007’s Stomp the Yard. This was followed by an appearance on the first episode of the reality TV series House of Glam.
In November 2010, Teyana Taylor got the opportunity to feature on Kanye West‘s fifth studio album My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, notably on songs like “Dark Fantasy” and “Hell of a Life”. She was also featured on Kanye’s “Christmas In Harlem” single which was released on the latter’s GOOD Friday music series. While actively working on her music, Taylor landed a role alongside Bow Wow on Tyler Perry‘s comedy-drama film Madea’s Big Happy Family (2011).
Teyana Taylor’s contract with Star Trak ended in January 2012. Still an independent artist, she began work on her next full-length project. She released her 2nd mixtape The Misunderstanding of Teyana Taylor in March 2012 after which she landed a joint-venture record deal with Kanye West‘s GOOD Music label and The Island Def Jam Music Group (DJMG).
She made contributions to GOOD Music’s Cruel Summer (2012) compilation album. Her chart-topping debut album VII (2014) featured collaborations with Chris Brown, Pusha T, Fabolous among several other artists. Having taken time off music to further her acting career and start a family, Teyana Taylor eventually released her sophomore album K.T.S.E. in June 2018 which debuted at No. 17 on the US Billboard 200.
Musician, songwriter, actress, model and reality TV star, Teyana Taylor can be described as a bundle of talents. In addition to her flourishing showbiz career, Taylor is also a fashion entrepreneur. All these and several other ventures bring the net worth of the Hollywood to an enviable $3 million. This estimate is expected to go even higher in the near future even as Teyana Taylor continues in her winning ways.
Teyana Taylor is the only child of her parents. However, she has 3 half-siblings on her father’s side. After her parents’ separation, Taylor was raised by her mother’s family. Her mother, Ms. Nikki Taylor a.k.a. Mama Teyana has served as her manager and career partner since she was a child. Ms. Taylor is the founder of Taylormade Management Group, Inc. and Taylormade Enterprises.
Teyana Taylor is very well known for her numerous talents and her flourishing career as an all-around entertainer. However, she also makes headlines for her marriage to NBA star, Iman Shumpert. After dating for several years, the couple announced their engagement in November 2015. Taylor and Shumpert eventually tied the knot in a secret ceremony held in September 2016. The power couple featured in the music video of Kanye West‘s 2016 hit song “Fade”.
The couple has one child together, a daughter named Iman “Junie” Tayla Shumpert Jr. The baby was born on December 16, 2015, in a home delivery. The delivery was carried out by Taylor’s husband Iman Shumpert after she went into early labor.