Meet Temmora of Lifetime TV "Ms. T's Music Factory"
Temmora is a recording artist, vocalist, and the Founder of Arommet Academy, an artist development school for children ages 5 to 17 years old. Temoora recently landed her very own show on Lifetime TV called "Ms. T's Music Factory" in which she teaches children ages 7 to 17 to sing, dance, and model. Temmora grew up in Memphis, TN as a foster child who was drawn to music. It gave her relief from the bullying, lack of family, and low self-esteem she experienced, and music quickly became a permanent part of her life. She released tracks including "Talk to Me" and "Any Other Girl" but left performance behind to raise her four children and develop her daughters' vocal group Karma. She created and booked Karma's "What Goes Around Comes Around" Stop The Bullying School Tour, which visited over 1000 schools in four years. It was a live concert play on wheels that lit up the faces of the kids watching and listening, many of whom had never seen a live show before.
Read her exclusive success story below.
Q. We first would like to jump into your show on Lifetime TV called “Ms. T's Music Factory” Can you tell us how did you secure it and what your experience has been since filming?
I would like to believe that I Dreamed, Believed & Achieved it!... I’m a foster child and when I was in Forster care on good and bad days especially the bad ones I use to cry and scream out saying “ Yall will see one day I’m going to be on TV and be famous and EVERYONE will know my name” I honestly believed that in my heart I was somebody placed in a world to be great. I never believed this was impossible so coming from absolutely nothing I have always wanted to be something and always had something to prove to my family that did not want me. I started off singing in local talent shows for money to feed my son... which is where I met my now husband of 25 years. He was a judge at one of those competitions which happened to be in a`resident school at the time. He was studying to become a physician. He approached me after one of the competitions and asked if I had management. Fast forward, he became my manager and invested everything into me becoming a star. For a while, I thought so many times I was on my way but every time we got a lead we were used and lied to so it became so draining.
After so many years of trying to break through I completed two records that did OK. One of my songs got as high as #23 on billboard! I came off the road and started managing our daughters just as a hobby but as you know, when you love something its hard to get away from it so my hobby soon turned into a real job. We started to promote our daughters and people were growing fond of them. We named the group 4Real which didn’t stick because it had no meaning so the girls came up with the name Karma and it stuck. I started doing artist development boot camp style and I went through over 80 girls to find what I considered to be Karma (which is now my daughter Miesha Michelle, her best friend Kirsten both of Memphis and a young lady from Baltimore name Chekera) I pissed a lot of parents off along the way but oh well I had a vision and certain people did not fit my vision lol. Parents could see what I was doing and started asking me if I would do the same things with their children so I started coaching for free and things started to rapidly grow very quickly. This led to me starting Arommet Academy (Arommet is my name spelled backwards) and I put Karma on a Stop the Bullying school tour where we visited over 1000 schools and the children started filming me on their cameras. This led me to go viral and I started receiving calls from production companies about being on a reality show. I declined until one day I got an offer to do my own show with what I do and love and I agreed. They asked me what network I wanted and I said LifeTime. They pitched me to LifeTime and here we are lol.
Q. Have you always had the passion to sing?
Yes, music and singing is my first love it’s like food to the soul for me.
Q. What triggered you to start your daughter’s group “Karma” Has she also shown interest in music at an early age?
My kids always traveled with me as I did shows and I think they got bit by the bug so once I took a break my girls said "mommy I want to be like you" and started playing dress up in my costumes so I took an interest in my daughter Miesha. Michelle was not a singer she was a dancer but she wanted to sing so I developed her voice over the years and so there is a big difference between a trained singer and a born singer.
Q. You teach children ages 7-17 how to sing, dance, and model on your show. Do you run into any challenges while trying to teach some of the younger talents?
I absolutely have a lot of challenges lol. Two of my main challenges is helping artist find their actual identity and second is attitude. It stops a lot of young talent because they usually believe they are better than what they really are and that’s a big hurdle.
Q. Can you tell us about your artist development school “Arommet Academy”?
Arommet Academy is not just a vocal lesson, dance, or modeling school. We believe in teaching and learning from what they've been taught so I don’t just teach, I make the kids put what they learn on the stage so if you think you mastered the class I provide real live opportunity to see if you need more work or not in that area so I make the children and parents be their own critic instead of taking my word for it.
Q. How do you balance out being a mom, wife, and businesswoman?
That is a challenge but when you are a Boss you make it LOOK easy which most of us women do on a daily.
Q. Do you feel as if you are living in your purpose?
Absolutely, I learn more about me everyday. I always watch myself overcome things and get through rough obstacles.
Q. How do you keep yourself motivated?
By not having expectations and everything is a win for me. I always see my glass as half full instead of half empty and try to look on the bright side of things as much as possible.
Q. What advice or tips can you give to aspiring millennials who’s interested in becoming dancers, singers, and models?
The impossible is always possible and the only loser is the one that never tried be consistent because you owe that to yourself and you are in control of your destiny so live your life to the fullest.
Interview by: Lee Whetstone
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