Charlene Keys (born January 21, 1971), better known by the stage name Tweet, is an American singer-songwriter and guitarist.
The youngest child of Tom and Shirley Keys, Tweet was born in Rochester, New York on January 21, 1971, and grew up singing in the church alongside her parents and her four older siblings (three brothers, Tom, Cedric and Lonnie, and one sister, Sundra). Among them, the five children mastered instruments such as the piano, guitar, bass guitar, drums, and many more.
As a young girl, Tweet was inspired not only by her family, but also by larger-than-life divas like Janet Jackson, Tina Turner, Aretha Franklin, and Whitney Houston (with whom she later worked). Tweet’s first steps into a career in the music industry first began when she enrolled in Rochester’s School of the Arts. In 1990, at the age of 18, Tweet gave birth to her daughter, Tashawna. She is a gospel singer.
In the early nineties, Tweet joined the female trio Sugah, leaving her daughter with her parents in Panama City, Florida, while Tweet relocated to many places. Sugah was composed of Tweet, Susan Weems, and Rolita White, and was a part of Devante Swing’s Swing Mob collective. While there, she met Timbaland, Magoo, Missy “Misdemeanor” Elliott (who at the time was a part of Sista), Playa, Ginuwine, and Renee Anderson who were also all a part of the Swing Mob collective. During her time with Sugah, Tweet formed a close friendship with Elliott.
Around 1999 with Sugah going nowhere, no album to show, and many broken promises, Tweet returned to her parents’ home in Panama City penniless and depressed. After Tweet fell into a deeper depression after a string of bad relationships and a number of jobs she had suicidal thoughts, but she received a phone call from Elliott, calling to ask if Tweet would contribute background vocals on her then-latest album Miss E… So Addictive. Tweet felt she could tell Elliott about her situation and what she was going through. To this day she calls Elliott her “Guardian Angel”.