Austin 'Tay' Iornongu Iwar, better known by his stage name as Tay Iwar is a Nigerian singer, songwriter, audio engineer, and record producer born on June 9, 1997, in Lagos and raised in Lagos & Abuja. He is a native of the Tiv people of Benue State in Nigeria. He started playing the guitar at age 13 before making music a career choice which was out of the original plan which was to study law.
Tay Iwar won the Choice Producer at 2014 Nigerian Teen Choice Award and Choice Male Artist at 2015 Nigerian Teen Choice Awards held in Abuja, Nigeria. He rose to prominence in 2016 after M.I released a re-fix of his song "The Box" under his mixtape Illegal Music 3: The Finale.
In 2018, OkayAfrica ranked his song "Space" & "Sugardaddy" fourth on its list of "13 Best Nigerian Songs of the Month" in September 2018. His song "Sugardaddy" made the list of OkayAfrica's Best Nigerian Songs of 2018. In 2016, Pulse Nigeria named him one of the top seven Nigerian SoundCloud artistes you need to know and listed his name on part of the five Soundcloud artistes you need to pay attention to in 2018.
According to his Ted talk which was held in Port Harcourt in 2015, he was introduced to FL Studio and started producing his own music in SS1 and co-founded the "Bantu Collective" alongside his brothers Terna Iwar and Suté Iwar.
Tay Iwar released his first EP "Passport" in 2014 under Bantu. The record that led him to the spotlight was "Equestrian Love" and "Wuse II". Tay Iwar was involved in A Study On Self Worth: Yxng Dxnzl by M.I as a co-producer and mix engineer of the album and was also a featured artist alongside Odunsi (The Engine), Lady Donli, Cina Soul and Niyola.
In 2018, Tay Iwar signed a deal with Universal Music division "Universal Music Group Nigeria". On 26 January 2018, he released his first song "Video Star" under Universal Music Group. Tay Iwar released a single titled "1997" off his debut album Gemini with Soulection featuring Preyé, Santi and Odunsi (The Engine) on 26 August 2018.
In 2019 Tidal and Soulection come together to introduce a new visual series that embodies discovery, emotions, and storytelling using the song 'SPACE" as the first in the series.
Tay Iwar describes his style of music as "Afro-fusion" or "Neo Afro-pop" which is a blend of various elements and sounds from Afrobeat to "classic R&B".
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