Tahliah Debrett Barnett (born 16 January 1988), known by the stage name FKA Twigs (stylised as FKA twigs), is an English singer, songwriter, producer and dancer. She was born and raised in Gloucestershire, and became a backup dancer after moving to London when she was 17 years old. Barnett first entered the music industry with the release of her extended plays EP1 (2012) and EP2 (2013). Her debut studio album LP1 (2014) and third extended play M3LL155X (2015) were released to critical acclaim, the first of which peaked at number 16 on the UK Albums Chart and number 30 on the U.S. Billboard 200.
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.
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, Plan B , Ed Sheeran, Taio Cruz, Dionne Bromfield, and Jessie J. 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”. She also appeared in Dionne Bromfield’s video “Yeah Right”. In 2011, she appeared in a two-minute BBC comedy sketch titled Beyoncé Wants Groceries, in which she was a backup dancer in a supermarket.