Tashema “Lady T” Oates was born and raise in East Buffalo, New York. She attended Buffalo Academy grade school, Seneca Vocational High School, and received her Associates in Science for Communications and Media Arts from Erie Community College in 2004. She also received her Bachelor of Arts in 2007 from Buffalo State College.
Lady T made the journey to Phoenix in the summer 2010. She was looking for an opportunity in media and communications. In January 2013 she became a Radio Phoenix volunteer and now hosts her own weekly R&B radio show called DON’T DISTURB THIS GROOVE!.