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Tahliah Barnett (born 16 January 1988), better known as FKA twigs, is a British musician and dancer originally from Gloucestershire and currently based in London. The "FKA" stands for Formerly Known As. She has Jamaican and Spanish ancestry.

Tahliah Barnett was born 16 January 1988 in Gloucestershire. Her father is Jamaican, and her mother, who used to be a dancer and a gymnast, is part Spanish. She grew up in a rural part of Gloucestershire, and she has described the county as "kind of in the middle of nowhere." She attended St. Edward's School, Cheltenham.

At the age of 17, Twigs moved to London to pursue a career as a dancer. 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 3-minute BBC comedy sketch named Beyonce Wants Groceries, in which she was a backup dancer in a supermarket. In August 2012, Twigs was photographed on the cover of i-D magazine.

She became known as Twigs for the way her joints crack. She affixed the acronym FKA (Formerly Known As) to her name when another artist called Twigs complained about her use of the name.

Twigs self-released her music debut, EP on Bandcamp on 4 December 2012. She posted a video for each song on her YouTube channel. On 1 August 2013 Twigs posted the video for her first single, "Water Me", on YouTube. The video was directed by Jesse Kanda. On 6 August 2013 The Guardian profiled Twigs for their "New band of the day" feature, describing her as 'The UK's best example to date of ethereal, twisted R&B.' Twigs' second EP, EP2, was released on Young Turks on 10 September 2013. It was produced by FKA twigs and Arca. Pitchfork gave EP2 a rating of 8/10.

In December 2013 she was nominated for BBC's Sound of 2014 prize and chosen by Spotify for their Spotlight on 2014 list. Twigs was featured in Billboard's "14 Artists to Watch in 2014".

FKA Twigs' debut album, LP1, will be released on Young Turks on August 12.

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