Tika Sumpter studied acting with Larkin Malloy (Travis Montgomery on All My Children) at Graystone Studios, owned by Grayson McCouch (Dusty Donavan on As the World Turns). So she's been around soaps for years.
In July 2005, after several rigorous rounds of auditions, Tika landed her first long-term job of the role of Layla Williamson, on One Life to Live.
The fourth child of a family of singers, Tika discovered her own vocal abilities at age 18. She started her singing career by co-founding the group, Twise (Tika with Precise). The femme fatale duo is one part R&B vocals and one part Hip-Hop. Sumpter croons the catchy hooks of the smooth and sexy vocals, while Precise delivers thought-provoking and humorous rap lyrics.