Tanita Tikaram (born 12 August 1969) is a German-born British pop/folk singer-songwriter. She achieved chart success with the singles "Twist in My Sobriety" and "Good Tradition" from her 1988 debut album, Ancient Heart. She is known for her powerful, hu...
Tanita Tikaram (born 12 August 1969) is a German-born British pop/folk singer-songwriter. She achieved chart success with the singles "Twist in My Sobriety" and "Good Tradition" from her 1988 debut album, Ancient Heart. She is known for her powerful, husky voice, and poetic and somewhat obscure lyrics.
Tikaram was born in Münster, Germany, the daughter of an Indo-Fijian father, Pramod Tikaram, and a Malaysian mother, Fatimah Rohani. Her father's military career meant that she spent her early life in Germany before moving to Basingstoke, Hampshire, England when she was in her early teens. She is the younger sister of the actor Ramon Tikaram and the great-niece of Sir Moti Tikaram, who was the first Lord Chief Justice of an independent Fiji and the world's longest-serving national ombudsman.
Tikaram started singing in nightclubs while she was still a teenager and came to the attention of WEA Records. Her debut album, Ancient Heart, produced by Rod Argent and Peter Van Hooke, was released in September 1988 when she was 19 years old. The album's first two singles, Good Tradition and Twist In My Sobriety, became top 10 hits around Europe and the album sold around 4 million copies worldwide.
A quick succession of albums for WEA, The Sweet Keeper (1990), Everybody's Angel (1991), Eleven Kinds Of Loneliness (1992) did not achieve the same commercial success, with each album selling less than the previous one. Her 1992 album Eleven Kinds Of Loneliness, which was the first Tikaram fully produced herself, did not chart at all.
Taking a break from the music industry and moving to San Francisco, Tikaram returned in 1995 with the album Lovers In The City, which received better reviews than her previous albums and achieved better sales. Still, it was her last studio album for WEA and her contract was finished in 1996 with the release of the compilation album The Best of Tanita Tikaram.
Signed to Mother Records, Tikaram released The Cappuccino Songs in 1998, and then retired for several years from the music industry, reappearing in 2005 with the album Sentimental, which was released on a French label. In 2012, she released her first album in seven years. Since 2013, she has been touring the UK and Europe and is currently recording a new album.