|Birth name||Tionne Tenese Watkins|
|Also known as||T-Boz, Tionne Rolison|
|Born||April 26, 1970|
Des Moines, Iowa, U.S.
|Origin||Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.|
(m. 2000;div. 2004)
Tionne Tenese Watkins (born April 26, 1970),better known by her stage name T-Boz, is an American singer and actress. Born in Des Moines, Iowa, Watkins rose to fame in the early 1990s as a member of the girl-group TLC. She has won four Grammy Awards for her work with TLC.
Tionne Watkins was born in Des Moines, Iowa, on April 26, 1970, to James and Gayle Watkins. She has written that she is of African American, Native American and Irish descent.Watkins' family moved from Des Moines to Atlanta, Georgia, when she was nine years old.
Crystal Jones held auditions for a singing group and chose Watkins, and Lisa Lopes. The group eventually attracted the attention of Perri "Pebbles" Reid and her husband, Antonio "L.A." Reid, head of LaFace Records. Jones was replaced with Rozonda Thomas and the group was signed in 1991 as TLC. In order to preserve the TLC name, Watkins is now named "T-Boz", while Lopes became "Left Eye" and Thomas became "Chilli". The successful group sold more than 65 million records.T-Boz has won four Grammy Awards as a member of TLC. Since Lopes' death in 2002, T-Boz and Chilli have performed as a duo.
In late 2011, VH1 announced plans to produce a biopic on the group.Watkins and Thomas signed on as producers. The film, CrazySexyCool: The TLC Story , premiered October 21, 2013. The role of Watkins was portrayed by actress/singer Drew Sidora. Watkins' daughter, Chase, portrayed a younger Tionne in the film.
In addition to her work with TLC, Watkins has recorded solo singles like "Touch Myself" (for the soundtrack of the 1996 film Fled ) and "My Getaway" (for the soundtrack of the 2000 film Rugrats in Paris: The Movie ). Additionally, she has been a featured vocalist on songs such as "Ghetto Love" with Da Brat, "Changes" with Society of Soul, "He Say She Say" with Keith Sweat, "Different Times" with Raphael Saadiq and "Be Somebody" with Paula Cole. She also featured on the song "It's Good" by YoungBloodZ.On January 22, 2013, Watkins released her first solo single in over 15 years titled "Champion". The song was released digitally, and proceeds went to help raise awareness for people suffering from blood conditions such as sickle cell and leukemia. On September 6, 2017, Watkins digitally released her latest single titled "Dreams" from her audiobook "A Sick Life".
Watkins has worked as an actress, appearing in Hype Williams' 1998 film Belly .She also appeared in two episodes of Living Single , the first time guest-starring along with her bandmates and another time without them. Watkins served as one of the executive producers for the 2006 movie ATL featuring the rapper, T.I. She also appeared on The Real Housewives of Atlanta as a friend of Kandi Burruss. Watkins made a guest appearance as Pam Grier in one episode of the Adult Swim series Black Dynamite . In 2009, Watkins was a participant in the eighth season of The Apprentice , finishing in 11th place. Watkins' reality TV show Totally T-Boz , premiered January 1, 2013, on the TLC network, and ran four episodes. The show chronicled Watkins' quest to create a solo album, reunite with bandmember, Chilli, and her life with her daughter Chase.
In 2016, Watkins and Chili joined actress Zoe Saldana onstage for her second round performance of "No Scrubs" on Spike's Lip Sync Battle against actor Zachary Quinto.In November 2016, she began a two-month acting stint as Sheila, a hardened prison inmate, on Days of Our Lives . Watkins would later return to Days of Our Lives as a recurring character, playing the zany ex-con Sheila, in both 2017 and 2018. In 2017, she lent her voice to a character in Trolland, also known as Trollz, a direct-to-DVD CGI-animated movie.
Watkins published a book of semi-autobiographical poetry called Thoughts on November 3, 1999.In 2005, Watkins and stylist Tara Brivic (who would later appear regularly on Totally T-Boz ) opened a children's boutique called Chase's Closet (named after her daughter). It was shut down years later. TLC also released a soundtrack album 20 marking both the band's 20-plus year legacy in entertainment business and the release of their biopic, this album included a new track written by singer Ne-Yo, "Meant to Be". They also had guest vocals on J. Cole's track "Crooked Smile". TLC celebrated their return with a series of highly publicized performances which included 2 dates: VH1's Mixtape Festival in Hershey, Pennsylvania, on July 27, 2013, and Drake's OVO Fest in Toronto on August 5, 2013. They released an album, TLC, on June 30, 2017.
As a child, Watkins was diagnosed with sickle cell anemia.Since the age of seven, she has been in and out of the hospital due to the painful condition. T-Boz opened up to the public about the disease in 1996; she later became one of the spokespersons for Sickle Cell Disease Association of America. In 2002, she was hospitalized for four months due to a flare-up of sickle-cell anemia. She is a national co-chair of the progressive organization Health Care Voter.
On August 19, 2000, Watkins married rapper Mack 10 in California.The couple's daughter, Chase Anela Rolison, was born premature a few months later on October 20, 2000. In June 2004, she filed for divorce, and requested a restraining order against the rapper. In 2012, Watkins moved with Chase from Atlanta to Los Angeles, California, in order for Chase to be closer to her father.
In October 2009, Watkins revealed that she had secretly battled a potentially fatal brain tumor for three years.In March 2006, she was diagnosed as having a grape-sized acoustic neuroma on her vestibular nerve that affected her balance, weight, hearing, sight, and facial movement. Many physicians refused to remove the tumor due to her sickle-cell-related complications, leaving her alternatives grim. Ultimately, she underwent surgery at Cedars-Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles.
Watkins filed for bankruptcy in February 2011 and again in October 2011.In an episode of the Reelz TV series Broke & Famous, entertainment reporter Viviana Vigil stated Watkins spent $9,000 a month and owed $770,000 on her home with a reported monthly income of $11,000, while another reporter Nina Parker cited Watkins's medical bills and brain tumor.
In June 2016, Watkins announced that she had adopted a 10-month-old boy named Chance.
|Title||Year||Peak chart positions||Album|
| US || US R&B/HH || AUS || UK |
|"My Getaway"||2000||—||79||86||44||Rugrats in Paris: The Movie: Music from the Motion Picture|
|Title||Year||Peak chart positions||Album|
| US || US R&B/HH || US|
|"Touch Myself" (Remix)|
(Richie Rich featuring T-Boz and Jermaine Dupri)
|1996||—||—||—||Seasoned Veteran and The Game|
(Da Brat featuring T-Boz)
|"Tight To Def"|
(Mack 10 featuring T-Boz)
|2000||—||65||—||The Paper Route|
(DJ Deckstream featuring T-Boz)
|2009||—||—||—||Deckstream Soundtracks 2|
|"Word to the Badd"||1991||Jermaine Jackson||You Said|
|"Be Somebody"||1999||Paula Cole||Amen|
|"Different Times"||2002||Raphael Saadiq||Instant Vintage|
|"It's Good"||2005||YoungBloodZ||Ev'rybody Know Me|
|"Red Planet"||2012||Little Mix||DNA|
|"Creep"||2015||Eric Bellinger||Cuffing Season|
|1997||"Ghetto Love" (with Da Brat)||Gustavo Garzon|
|1994||House Party 3||Sex as a Weapon (as TLC)|
|1992||CBS Schoolbreak Special||1st Rapper (as TLC)||Episode: "Words Up!"|
|Out All Night||Herself (as TLC)||Episode: "Pilot"|
|Showtime at the Apollo||Herself (as TLC)||Episode: "#6.12"|
|1995||Living Single||Herself (as TLC)||Episode: "The Following Is a Sponsored Program"|
|1997||The Hitchhiker||Episode: "Three Men and a Buckeye"|
|1999||Ultra Sound||Herself (as TLC)||Episode: "TLC: You've Got Mail"|
|1999–2004||Behind the Music||Herself||Episode: "TLC" & "TLC: The Final Chapter"|
|2000||Sally Jessy Raphael||Herself||Episode: "I'm 13 and Too Ugly to Live!"|
|2001||Top Ten||Herself||Episode: "Girl Bands"|
|2003||Born to Diva||Judge||TV Series|
|2003||Inside Out||Herself||Episode: "Toni Braxton: Family Comes First"|
|2005||R U the Girl||Herself/hostess||TV Series|
|2009||The Apprentice||Herself/Contestant||Main Cast: Season 8|
|The Real Housewives of Atlanta||Herself||Episode: "Unbeweavable"|
|2010||What Chilli Wants||Herself||Episode: "The Floyd Situation"|
|2013||Totally T-Boz||Herself||Main Cast|
|2014||Black Dynamite||Pam Grier / Anti-Bionic Girl||Episode: "Sweet Bill's Badass Singalong Song or Bill Cosby Ain't Himself"|
|2016||The Haunting of...||Herself||Episode: "The Haunting of Tionne T-Boz Watkins"|
|2017||Lip Sync Battle||Herself (as TLC)||Episode: "Zoe Saldana vs. Zachary Quinto"|
|Hollywood Medium With Tyler Henry||Herself||Episode: "Mel B/Reza Farahan/Jana Kramer/Tionne "T-Boz" Watkins"|
|2019||Growing Up Hip Hop: Atlanta||Herself||2 Episodes|
|2016–20||Days of Our Lives||Sheila Watkins||Regular Cast|
Lisa Nicole Lopes, better known by her stage name Left Eye, was an American rapper and singer. She was a member of the R&B girl group TLC, alongside Tionne "T-Boz" Watkins and Rozonda "Chilli" Thomas. Besides rapping and singing backing vocals on TLC recordings, Lopes was the creative force behind the group, receiving more co-writing credits than the other members. She also designed some of their outfits and the stage for their FanMail Tour and contributed to the group's image, album titles, artworks, and music videos. Through her work with TLC, Lopes won four Grammy Awards.
TLC is an American girl group formed in 1990 in Atlanta, Georgia. The group's best-known line-up was composed of Tionne "T-Boz" Watkins, Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes and Rozonda "Chilli" Thomas. The group enjoyed success during the 1990s, with nine top-ten hits on the Billboard Hot 100, including four number-one singles: "Creep", "Waterfalls", "No Scrubs", and "Unpretty". The group also recorded four multi-platinum albums, including CrazySexyCool (1994), which received a diamond certification from the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). TLC also became the first R&B group in history to receive the Million certification from the Recording Industry Association of Japan (RIAJ) for FanMail (1999).
CrazySexyCool is the second studio album by American girl group TLC, released on November 15, 1994, by LaFace and Arista Records. Following the group's record deal, they released their debut album Ooooooohhh... On the TLC Tip in 1992 to positive reviews and commercial success. The group began working on a follow-up in 1993 but experienced an unproductive recording process due to personal issues, notably those of member Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes, who was struggling with alcoholism and her volatile relationship with NFL player Andre Rison. The album's recording lasted until September 1994, with Lopes' role diminished while she was in rehab.
Rozonda Ocielian Thomas, better known by her stage name Chilli, is an American singer, dancer and actress who is a member of the group TLC, one of the best-selling girl groups of the late 20th century.
"Waterfalls" is a song by American hip-hop group TLC. It was written by Marqueze Etheridge and Organized Noize with a verse by TLC's Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes, for their second album, CrazySexyCool (1994), with production by Organized Noize. The song was the third single released by LaFace and Arista from the album on May 22, 1995, in the United States, followed by a United Kingdom release on July 24, 1995.
3D is the fourth studio album by American girl group TLC, released on October 10, 2002, by Arista Records. Recorded from May 2001 to July 2002, much of the album was finalized after the death of member Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes, with her unreleased material that she had recorded for her solo albums Supernova and N.I.N.A. being reworked into new songs. Remaining group members Rozonda Thomas and Tionne Watkins enlisted Dallas Austin, Babyface, Rodney Jerkins, the Neptunes, Raphael Saadiq, Missy Elliott and Timbaland to work with them on 3D.
"Creep" is a song recorded by American singing group TLC for their second studio album, CrazySexyCool (1994). Dallas Austin, who tried to write the track from a "female perspective", wrote and produced it. It is based on member Tionne "T-Boz" Watkins's experience with infidelity. The lyrics portray the singers as women who cheat on their unfaithful lovers for "some affection". This context was controversial within the group, and strongly opposed by member Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes, who threatened to wear black tape over her mouth on its accompanying music video.
R U the Girl is an American reality television music competition series that aired on UPN in 2005. The series featured Tionne "T-Boz" Watkins and Rozonda "Chilli" Thomas, the remaining members of the all-girl R&B group TLC whose former member, Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes, died in a car crash in Honduras in 2002. Initially promoted by the network as a contest to replace Lopes 3 years after her death, both Watkins and Thomas clarified that the winner of the contest would not be joining TLC full-time and would not be a full-time replacement member; the winner would only provide guest vocals on a new single by the duo.
"Dear Lie" is a song by American group TLC. It was written by Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds and band member Tionne "T-Boz" Watkins for the trio's third studio album FanMail (1999), featuring production by Edmonds. The song was released as the album's third and final single on December 6, 1999, peaking at number 51 on the US Billboard Hot 100 and reaching the top 40 in several other countries. "Dear Lie" is included on the group's 2009 compilation album, We Love TLC.
"Unpretty" is a song by American group TLC, released on May 17, 1999, through LaFace and Arista Records as the second single from the band's third studio album, FanMail. It was written by Tionne "T-Boz" Watkins and the producer Dallas Austin. Austin assisted Watkins in adapting the latter's written poem into "Unpretty" after feeling disgusted by an episode of American talk show Ricki Lake.
"Baby-Baby-Baby" is a song by American girl group TLC. It was the second single released from their debut studio album, Ooooooohhh... On the TLC Tip (1992), and their second consecutive top-10 hit. It was the most successful single from the album, reaching number two on the US Billboard Hot 100 and number one on the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart, giving them their first number-one single on that chart.
The FanMail Tour is the debut headlining tour by American group TLC. The tour support their third studio album, FanMail. The tour visited North America with dates later planned for Japan and Europe. However, the international dates after the second North American leg were cancelled.
"I'm Good at Being Bad" is a song recorded by American girl group TLC for their third album FanMail. It was released as a promotional single when "No Scrubs" was distributed to radio. Despite not being commercially released, the track peaked within the top 40 on the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart. The song is characterized by its contrasting alternation of soft romantic melody and hard rap with explicit lyrics, as performed by Tionne "T-Boz" Watkins and others of the group.
"Hands Up" a song by American girl group TLC. It was written and produced by both Babyface and Daryl Simmons for the band's fourth studio album, 3D (2002). A sensual mid-tempo song that deals with romantic betrayal, it was selected and released as the album's second single in the United States in November 2002, following lead single "Girl Talk" (2002). Arista Records consulted several producers to remix the song for its single release, including Richard X, LaMarquis Jefferson, and Jermaine Dupri.
"Let's Just Do It" is a posthumous single by American rapper Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes, and is the lead single from her posthumous album, Eye Legacy. Originally recorded by Lopes and her TLC bandmate Tionne "T-Boz" Watkins in 1998 for the group's third studio album FanMail, the track was shelved until 2009, when it was remixed to feature new vocals from fellow member Rozonda "Chilli" Thomas and rapper Missy Elliott.
"Come Get Some" is a song by American recording group TLC. It was written by band members Tionne "T-Boz" Watkins and Rozonda "Chilli" Thomas along with Kandi Burruss, Craig Love, Sean P of YoungBloodZ and Lil' Jon for their greatest hits album, Now and Forever: The Hits (2003). Lil Jon produced the song and also appears with Sean P as guest vocalists.
"Kick Your Game" is a song recorded by the American group TLC for their second studio album, CrazySexyCool (1994). The "funky" R&B-dance track was written by frequent group collaborator Jermaine Dupri, Manuel Seal and member Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes. On August 26, 1995 it was picked by LaFace and Arista Records for release as a promotional airplay single from the album. In the song's lyrics, TLC teaches boys who flirt in a club "the proper way to approach a lady"; Lopes' rap verses reportedly referred to then-boyfriend Andre Rison, whose house she burned down during the making of CrazySexyCool.
Totally T-Boz is an American reality documentary miniseries on TLC. The four-episode series premiered on January 1, 2013. Filmed in October 2012, Totally T-Boz follows Tionne "T-Boz" Watkins as she works on her new music career. As a member of TLC, the series also sheds light on Watkins working on 20th Anniversary plans with Rozonda "Chilli" Thomas and healing from the death of Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes. Watkins has stated via Twitter that she has no interest in continuing the series.
CrazySexyCool: The TLC Story is a 2013 American biographical television film about the R&B and hip hop musical trio TLC. It derives its title from the title of the group's second album, CrazySexyCool. The film stars Keke Palmer as Rozonda "Chilli" Thomas, Niatia "Lil Mama" Kirkland as Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes and Drew Sidora as Tionne "T-Boz" Watkins. The film was directed by Charles Stone III and written by Kate Lanier. Thomas and Watkins also served as executive producers of the film.
TLC is the fifth and final studio album by American girl group TLC, released on June 30, 2017, by their label 852 Musiq. TLC partnered with various distribution companies: Sony Music RED, Liberation Music (Australia), Warner Music Group (Japan), and Cooking Vinyl. TLC is mainly a pop and R&B album with 1990s music influences. It is their first studio album in 15 years following the 2002 release of 3D.