Tyler Gregory Okonmawas born on March 6, 1991 in Ladera Heights, California,the son of a Nigerian father with Igbo ancestry and an American mother of mixed African-American and European-Canadian descent. He never met his father and spent his early life living in the communities of Ladera Heights and Hawthorne, California.At the age of seven, he would take the cover out of an album’s case and create covers for his own imaginary albums—including a tracklist with song lengths—before he could even make music.
At the age of 14, he taught himself to play the piano.
In his 12 years of schooling, he attended 12 different schools in the Los Angeles and Sacramento areas.
He worked at FedEx for just under two weeks, and Starbucks for over two years.
Okonma took his stage name from a Myspace page he used to post his creative endeavors.
Recently he was nominated for best international act at the Brit Awards,which he won over: