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Tyler Collins


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Collins was born in Harlem, New York and raised in Detroit, Michigan. Collins began taking lessons in dance and theatre, and performing with the children’s theatre group Willow Opera Workshop in Los Angeles, CA.

Her professional music career began singing lead for an R&B group called The Boys Next Door. The group signed with Jermaine Jackson’s label Work Records, which later folded.[1] Tyler eventually signed with RCA Records and released her debut album Girls Nite Out. She co-wrote the lead single “Whatcha Gonna Do” which peaked at #3 on the Billboard R&B chart. The 1990 follow-up single “Girls Nite Out” topped out at #6 on the Billboard’s R&B charts, as well as #6 on its Pop charts.

Collins songwriting came to the forefront for her second album Tyler, which was a decidedly more pop-oriented effort than Girls Nite Out. The set featured standout the singles “It Doesn’t Matter” (co-written by Siedah Garrett) and “Just Make Me The One”. Tyler has also written songs for Celine Dion, Shanice, and Jeffrey Osborne.

She also took part in the group recording Freedom (Theme From Panther) in 1995 featuring scores of young female R&B artists including Aaliyah, En Vogue, TLC, and others. Also in 1995, Tyler Collins recorded Never Alone (Eeyore’s Lullaby) for the Winnie the Pooh tribute album. Take My Hand: Songs from the Hundred Acre Wood; it reached #48 on the Billboard Hot 100 for two weeks.

Her work with Prince lead to a solo recording contract at Warner Bros. Records. Though a full length release never materialized, the deal did yield Collins’ recording of the Top 20 Adult Contemporary song “Thanks to You”, the theme song to the Paramount Pictures’ film Andre.


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