A pianist from as early as two years of age, she began playing, with her foster parents encouragement, as much as possible on the family piano.
She was adopted shortly thereafter at the age of three and moved north of the city to a predominantly caucasian area. At six, Specyal T officially began her piano training through the Royal Conservatory Of Music up until the end of her high school career where she not only graduated with honours, she was also the first black valedictorian in her school’s 100+ year history. She was voted in unanimously by her peers and the teaching faculty.
Specyal T partnered with Universal Music and Soul Kiss Entertainment and released her first single & video “Ice Cream Cone” commercially featuring iconic Canadian rapper Michie Mee. The rotation & charting of her second single "Sweat It Up!" and EP garnered attention from various music directors including CHUM FM, and her Dose Of Distinction LP followed shortly thereafter debuting at #11 on the UK / R&B album charts - an achievement that stands as a testament to Specyal T's incredible talent and work ethic. Having performed a staggering 500+ shows in her career, Specyal T is not an artist to sit back and wait for success to come to her.
With her naturally distinctive voice she is often compared to a young Lauryn Hill with a unique individual style as like hip hop superstar Missy Elliot! Her follow up LP Dose Of Distinction 2 didn't disappoint with continued strong support from the UK and overseas in Europe. This album showed considerable growth from her debut effort. She’s an accomplished songwriter and along with her own material, she’s also written and produced for several other talented artists. Most notably, Catherine Marie’s debut single “Lie To Me” off the EP Go Tell Them was picked up by Virgin Radio, various satellite radio stations, as well as charted on North American DJ Pools. The lead single “Go Tell Them” another Specyal T Production, caught the attention of radio programmers at Kiss FM.
2017 brought unexpected heartbreak and tragedy for Specyal T, with the loss of her youngest daughter. Through her pain she released her EP Tionne, a ground-breaking concept album, which also is a tribute to her late daughter. This body of work has further expanded T’s undeniable musical mind, and is continuing to help shed light on a topic that the industry has yet to see. Her surprise EP Girl Friday came together spontaneously yet strategically; in true Specyal fashion! Juss Russ Radio had this to say in their review: “She is a rather versatile artist who always finds ways to step outside of her comfort zone and provide her fans with a fresh vibe or perspective to take in. It has been her mystique and songwriting that have ultimately allowed her to garner such mass attention early on.” Her musical creativity pushes forward with her anticipated third studio LP A Specyal Remedy, the third and final instalment in her Dose Of Distinction trilogy which began a decade prior. You can currently catch Specyal Keys live in a city near you; same vision, sharper focus!Come experience her Vibe!