FKA twigs

Birth Name Tahliah Debrett Barnett
Born January 16, 1988
Occupations Singer, Songwriter, dancer, record producer
Instruments drums, synthesizer, keyboard
Albums EP1 (2012)
EP2 (2013)
LP1 (2014)
Melissa (2015)

Tahliah Debrett Barnett was born in Gloucestershire. Her father is Jamaican, and her mother, who used to be a dancer and a gymnast, is of part English and Spanish descent. Barnett was raised by her mother and stepfather. She did not meet her father, a jazz dancer, until she was 18. She grew up in Gloucestershire, and she has described the county as "kind of in the middle of nowhere." She attended St. Edward's School, Cheltenham, a private Catholic school. She came from a low-income family and her education at the school was paid for by an academic scholarship. FKA twigs performing at Webster Hall in New York City in August 2014

At 16, Barnett started making music in youth clubs. At the age of 17, twigs moved to London to pursue a career as a dancer. She worked as a backup dancer in music videos by artists such as Kylie Minogue, Ed Sheeran, and Taio Cruz. She was a backup dancer for Jessie J in her 2010 video for "Do It like a Dude", and appeared again in her 2011 video for "Price Tag". In 2011, she appeared in a two-minute BBC comedy sketch titled Beyonce Wants Groceries, in which she was a backup dancer in a supermarket. In August 2012, twigs was photographed for the cover of i-D magazine.

She became known as twigs for the way her joints crack. She added the initialism FKA to her name when another artist called the Twigs complained about her use of the name. "FKA" stands for "Formerly Known As".