Tweet (Charlene Keys)

Class of 2023

Tweet is a soulful vocalist and songwriter who has had chart-topping hits. She also has provided backing vocals on recordings for Missy Elliott, Madonna, Whitney Houston, and more.

Tweet grew up in Rochester as Charlene Keys and began her musical journey singing in church. She graduated from Rochester’s School of the Arts and teamed up with Missy Elliott and Timbaland and other aspiring artists to create music here in Rochester at Dajhelon Studios, as part of the Swing Mob Collective. Tweet was a member of the girl group Sugah before recording her first solo album, titled “Southern Hummingbird.” That album produced her biggest hit, “Oops (Oh My),” which reached no. 7 on the Billboard Top 100 in 2002 and hit no. 1 on the Billboard R&B charts.

Other hits followed for this Atlantic and Elektra recording artist, including “Call Me,” which was featured in a Verizon ad campaign, and “Smoking Cigarettes.” She continues to collaborate with Missy Elliott, whom Tweet considers her “guardian angel.”

In 2003 Tweet was nominated “Best New Artist” by the Soul Train Awards and her latest album, “Charlene,” was named to the list of “Best R&B Albums of 2016” by Rolling Stone magazine.