Tyler Collins was born in Harlem, New York in 1966. She was raised in Detroit Michigan and took lessons in dance and theatre. As she got better, Collins performed with a childrens theatre group Willow Opera Workshop in Los Angeles, California.
Entering the music industry, Collins joined the group Boys Next Door in 1987. They were signed to Jermaine Jackson's Work Records label. Two years later, she left the group and signed with RCA Records. The same year, Collins released her debut album Girls Nite Out. The lead single for the album, 'Whatcha Gonna Do' was cowritten by Collins and reached #8 on the R&B charts. The title track for the album came out in 1989 and did well, reaching #6 on the Hot 100 and #8 on the R&B charts.
In 1992, Collins released her second album, Tyler. While the album lacked the big hits featured on Collins debut album, the album still faired well with the single 'Just Make Me The One' reaching #52 on the R&B charts and 'It Doesn't Matter' reaching #88 on the Hot 100.
Collins has written a lot for other artists including Celine Dion, Shanice and Jeffrey Osborne. In 1995, Collins was part of the song 'Freedom' from the movie Panther. In the same year, Collins scored a hit with 'Never Alone' from the Winnie The Pooh tribute album. The track reached #48 on the Hot 100.
Having worked with Prince, Collins received a contract with Warner Brothers Records. However, the deal never produced a full album.
Outside of her musical ventures, Collins has appeared in several shows and movies. In 1991, she played the role of Tina in the movie A Rage In Harlem. She also appeared in the movie Why Colors? and was Cinderella in an episode of The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.