Teyana Shumpert Taylor is an American singer, dancer, producer, and model. Tylor started her music career when she was only 15 after signing a record deal with Pharrell Williams’ Star Trak Entertainment. She then made her first national TV appearance on MTV’s My Super Sweet 16. In 2012, she joined Kanye West’s label GOOD Music after leaving Star Trak.

Taylor has worked with artists such as Chris Brown, Kanye West, Usher, and Omarion. Teyana currently stars on the reality show Teyana and Iman alongside her husband, Iman Shumpert. Taylor’s upbringing played a huge role in molding the star that we know today. This piece will look at Taylor’s parents, and the impact they’ve had on her life and career.

Teyana was raised by a single mom

Teyana Taylor was born on 10th December 1990. She was raised by her mom, Nikki Taylor, in New York. Teyana’s biological dad had a daughter and two sons from another relationship.

Teyana’s mom influenced her daughter’s passion for music by playing tracks from artists such as Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson, Lauryn Hill, and Janet Jackson. Taylor started performing when she was nine, and she had the full backing of her mother. Nikki has been Teyana’s manager since she was a teenager.

Teyana uses her mother’s advice to raise her daughter Junie

Teyana Taylor and Nikki Taylor
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Teyana and her then-fiancé Iman welcomed their daughter Junie into the world in December 2015. Raising a child was overwhelming for Teyana, and she leaned on her mom’s advice when times got tough. Teyana stated in an interview with VH1:

“… the advice that my mom would give to me and it would be that there is no such thing as being a perfect mom. I think as a new mom we get caught up in thinking that we are doing everything wrong, and it’s like no wrong or right way, you know.”

Nikki has a close relationship with her daughter and granddaughter. On 10th March Nikki posted a photo of Teyana and Junie and added the caption, “OMG!!! My whole entire heart in one photo!!!”

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