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Tamia

A native of Canada, contemporary R&B singer and songwriter Tamia got an early start in the music industry, singing on the Rod Temperton-penned "You Put a Move on My Heart," the first single from Quincy Jones' 1994 hit album Q's Jook Joint, when she was only a teenager. That paved the way for the release of her debut album in 1998.

Tamia was born and raised in Windsor, Ontario. As a child, she took acting and singing lessons, eventually performing in a number of local choirs and theatrical presentations. She soon earned a reputation and several awards, including the YTV Vocal Achievement Award in 1993. The following year, she won the Steve Ross Music Scholarship at the American Academy of Achievement's Annual Salute to Excellence in 1994. That same year, she attended a party her manager Brenda Richie held for Luther Vandross. At that party, she met Quincy Jones, who became taken with Tamia's talent.

By the end of the year, she had sung "You Put a Move on My Heart" for Jones' new album, Q's Jook Joint. The song became a Top Ten R&B hit and earned her a Grammy nomination for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance; another song on the album, a duet with Babyface entitled "Slow Jams," was nominated for Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group. She also sang "Missing You" with Brandy, Gladys Knight, and Chaka Khan on the soundtrack for the 1995 film Set It Off. "Missing You" was also nominated for a Grammy, making for a total of three nominations for Tamia before she had even released an album.

Such exposure, plus nominations from the NAACP Image Awards and the Soul Train Music Awards, made Tamia a hot commodity in the music industry. She carefully crafted her debut album over the course of 1996 and 1997, taking time out to play a small role in Speed II: Cruise Control in 1997; she also sang "Make Tonight Beautiful" for the soundtrack. Tamia finally released her debut album, Tamia, in April 1998. The album boasted an impressive list of collaborators and producers, including Jermaine Dupri, Keith Crouch, Tim Kelly and Bob Robinson, Stevie J., Mario Winans, and Quincy Jones. It peaked at number 18 on Billboard's R&B chart.

Two years later and newly signed to Elektra, Tamia released her second album, A Nu Day, featuring production collaborations from Missy Elliott, Dallas Austin, and Shep Crawford. The single "Stranger in My House" became a surprise Top Ten Hot 100 hit, which helped push the album into the Top Ten of the R&B chart. More (Elektra, 2004) and Between Friends (Image Entertainment, 2006) maintained the streak of Top Ten R&B albums. Beautiful Surprise (Plus 1, 2012) was led by its title song, the video for which featured the singer's longtime husband, professional basketball player Grant Hill. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine, Rovi
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Track List: Beautiful Surprise (Single)

Comments

I love this song
I love love
I'm so into you :)#I can't really explain it
I love you
All I can say about this beautiful artist is, Grant Hill u or one lucky guy to catch this sexy fine woman man what a catch.
Love all your songs
I'm so into u ... . .....Th
I'm name after her ����
Love love
alex23946 commented on Kid Cudi
Don't read this it actually works,you will be kissed on the nearest possible Friday by the love of your life.tomor r o w will be the best day of your life.howev e r if you don't post this u will die in 2days.now you've started reading so don't stop.this is so scary put this on at least 5 songs in143 minutes wen done press f6 and your lovers name will come on the screen in big letters.th i s is so scary it because it actually works
Into You ! <3
I cant really explain itt im so intoo youu i wanna be more than a friend to u nowww
one of my fav Tamia songs.! love all her music ���� This will b my wedding song
Cant nobody do it like u every little thing that u do stays on my mind
I miss the times that we shared i miss the love that was almost there
Tamia is so beautiful !
tameshiaschi l d s
Never almost had you...��
Need lyrics
Phenomenal Woman Grant Hill you have the best
I'm a true fan of her music. Her music always heals my heart when I'm feeling down. Very beautiful with a powerful voice. Keep continuing to bless us with your music
Love it...
I feel so broken and empty. Tamia radio station has made me stronger. :*)
Aw :)
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keishajones1 9 8 5
Where is Tamia at now? I love her music
She is one of my favorite artist. A lot if her songs seem to fit me in a special way.
This song is something I feel relates to me
futuremedia1
Cant nobody do it like you! Amazing!!
I have the song on
tia.lee30_14
one of my favorite songs and artist. This song is so special.
Love this song aint nobody cn sing it like you.this song stays on my mind.
nmbtm25
:)
Love. Love Love this song made it just for me.
shandapoyner
Love this song
my jam
I can't explain it, I'm so into you❤
Hey lil baby you a fine a** women
That was a mistske
I love this is my song I love it an gor my love just
Grace us with your presence again.
Man that's was my sugar honey ice tea back in da day
Love this she's a real woman this song shows how to choose ourselves and love ourselves better and never settle love your music keep it coming!
I'm soo in love with this throw back<3333333 3
I love this song all the time she is so good
I like her
Still feels like the first time we met, Love her
Love me some Tamia
sweet sweet voice
Oh I have loved her music from day one. This song reminds me of me n my baby father. Still in love he still we still run around like teenagers even though were married wit kids.
A true talent. One of the most underrated vocalists in the music industry. Beautiful, creative, and no ego here whatsoever.

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