South African born British artist Relo ‘Tshwarelo Nhlapo' is a singer/songwriter who started prospects of her career at just 9 years old at her primary school in Johannesburg where teachers discovered her talents and soon started to home them in by entering her in national competitions where she placed second.Her childhood was a very typical and a happy one, even though her parents migrated to the UK in search of better opportunities for their family in 2002.
In 2008 Tshwarelo left her comforts of South Africa to join her parents in the United Kingdom. Tshwarelo quickly adapted to her new surroundings after finding it difficult to begin with. The culture shock was very evident and she found herself becoming much more introverted and found her singing talents to be a hindrance rather then a gift. At her new school dance was the popular thing and singing was the 'geek' thing to do. She joined dance and was quite good at it.
During a dance rehearsal Tshwarelo was singing to herself and to the surprise of her peers she was good. They quickly drew the attention of her music teachers who convinced her to join the choir. That was the turning point. The school showed overwhelming support for her. From then onwards she was always doing school performances and events.Relo has been in various national competitions such as festival for stars and project-talent 2012
In 2011 she joined MK Vibe record label but due to the credit crunch the record label went bust, Tshwarelo had no option but to leave and things soon went quiet for Relo but she started sixth form at her school and continued to keep singing. With no knowledge of how or when things would start to look up for her ‘singing career’ she became unhappy and decided to drop out of sixth form. Things started to step up in September 2012 when she secured a place at Birmingham Ormiston Academy (BOA)