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Tamyra Gray

Praised as much for her wide vocal range and passionate delivery as she was for her elegant style, Tamyra Gray was seen by many as the singer who, in a perfect world, should have won the first edition of American Idol. When Gray didn't get enough votes to stay on the show and less talented contestants like Nikki McKibbin did, Gray's dismissal sparked responses ranging from disappointment to outrage. However, Gray entered the contest primarily to earn more publicity for her talent, which she did even without winning it all on American Idol. Prior to the show, Gray had been singing professionally for a while, performing in musicals, at corporate Coca-Cola functions in her hometown of Atlanta, GA, and contributing backing vocals on DMX's 1998 song "Slippin'."

Born on July 26, 1979, in Takoma Park, MD, Gray was the third youngest of a dozen brothers and sisters. Her family stayed in Gaithersburg, MD, until she was 13. While in elementary school, her chorus teacher taught Gray the basics of singing, which was the only formal training that she received. When the Grays moved to Atlanta, Tamyra made the most of the city's opportunities. She formed a vocal duo, the Silhouettes, with her sister Kim, appeared in local commercials, and performed in a hip-hop dance troupe under the stage name Element. Gray's parents encouraged her interest in music and performing, which was reflected in her wide musical tastes (Gray is a fan of Nikka Costa, Prince, and Aerosmith, as well as Persian and Vietnamese music) and her curiosity about all aspects of the music industry. As a result, she studied business law, entertainment management, and recording technology at Georgia State University. While she was at college, Gray also won the title of Miss Atlanta. After graduation, she continued to perform and worked as a preschool teacher before entering the American Idol contest.

On the show, Gray's performances of songs like "Touch Me in the Morning," "Minnie the Moocher," "A House Is Not a Home," and "If I Were Your Woman" made her an early favorite of the judges and audience alike, and despite her untimely departure from the show, she was signed by American Idol creator Simon Fuller to a management contract soon after she left. After the nationwide American Idol Tour, Gray began working on songs for her debut album and also took a number of acting roles, including the role of Aisha, a talented young singer with an abusive boyfriend on Boston Public; she also played a lesbian singer on Half & Half and Carly Anders, an ill-fated actress on Tru Calling. During that time, the musical side of her career seemed to hit a snag, as she was moved from RCA to its boutique label J and then dropped altogether. However, in summer 2004, her debut album, The Dreamer, an eclectic collection of songs written by Gray and including collaborations with Babyface, Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis, Scott Storch, and Diane Warren, was finally released by 19 Records. In the weeks leading up to the album's release, Tamyra appeared and performed on American Idol several times, singing two of her new songs, "Raindrops Will Fall" and "Star." ~ Heather Phares, Rovi
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LOVE LOVE IT THANK GOD
Amen
One of my favorite gospel song, this song really touches me. Amen. To God be the glory. The Precious Lamb of God.
Amen I love this song
I dance to this song Nd I love to dance
I love this song Lord Father God. Bless the wirld b cleanse all minds hearts n souls. Amen
Love it I need to hear this right now thank u god
Love that song.....wow . . the land of. God
I love this song!!!
I like it
My love
Sin will separate you from Christ but self forgiveness and repentance will bring you back. I have always had a deep love for Christ at time's I've became distracted by things of the world instead of living in the world.
Him and in tears what now !!!! This is the song!!!
cynthiawilli s 6 2
Love this sing bring me to tears all the time thank u for the lamb
rachelgrobin s o n 2
Amen
When one door closes,trust God Almighty has done the impossible. God Bless You! You have a magnificent talent.
God first!!! I praise your holy name everyday
HAPPY SUNDAY!! HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY TO ALL!! THANK YOU LORD THAT YOU ALLOWED ME TO SEE THIS SUNDAY THIS MOTHER'S DAY THIS DAY I CLAIM TO BE BETTER THAN YESTERDAY SIMPLY BECAUSE I HAVE NEVER SEEN THIS DAY BEFORE!! I ASK THAT YOU COVER ME LORD COVER ME IN LOVE, MERCY AND GRACE! GIVE ME STRENGTH TODAY LORD NOT TO BATHE IN SORROW BECAUSE MY MOTHER IS NOT IN THIS WORLD ANYMORE LORD INSTEAD HELP ME ON THIS DAY REJOICE BECAUSE I KNOW SHE IS AT HOME WITH YOU LORD! THIS PRAYER IS NOT ONLY FOR ME BUT FOR TH
I love this song. Very inspiring. Glory to GOD
GLORY
I love this song!!!!!!!! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !
The Lamb of GOD
IS SO PRECIOUS!!!! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !
Thank You God������
Beautiful song. Thank you God for blessing me by waking me up this morning and letting me be able to enjoy life to the fullest. Amen
Lord thank you for today.Amen!
Thank you God for your ever lasting love.. Lord your worthy.. Hallelujah.. Lord I know without you I'm nothing.. I thank you for keeping me through it all.. Beautiful song cried many nights to this song
Thx Lord for everyday u give me even tho u don't have to. Lord plz bless everyone in my family, homeless people,less fortunate people, and everyone in the world not only going through things, but in general keep everyone safe. In the name of Jesus.amen.
Lord make me over. Make me over again. Plz lord I need u every moment
Oh Yes he is the Great I Am everyday Jesus is All That in my life.
arsmith439
This is an awesome song. She is truly talented.
Luv dis song
cbdashiell
It's 2:55AM and I'm listening to such a beautiful voice of Tamyra. Oh the Lamb of GOD.... I can't say thank U enough... Thank U for loving me and carrying me...and I say He MY Lord God has carried me every day. Thank U..
".....less talented artists like Nikki McKibbin.... . "
Excuse me,while I LUV Tamyra Gray, I really don't think that statement by the biographer was EVEN NECESSARY!!! How would she feel if the same was written about her journalistic ability???
Sorry,that REALLY bugged me........
This song gets into your soul and makes you want to testify
I love this song its a blessing in my life the lamb that was sacrificed for our sins
Thank you for the Lamb... I ♥ this song I was the movie in anticipation to hear her dlay this song!
Love this song!!! Thank you Jesus!!!
Thank u Tamyra Gray
god is good
i had to dance to this song it is a wonderful song
Thank god for tamyra gray and others a like
i love this song since i was born kepp prasing his name
Amazing Voice God Bless
Outstanding Voice
Your voice is Awesome ..Keep praising him with the talent God gave you...Bring SINNERS TO LOVE THE LORD!!
May the all MIGHTY GOD BLESS HER AND KEEP BLESSING HER WITH THE TALENT SHE HAS AND THAT THE MESSAGE TOUCH THE HEARTS OF THE SINNERS. AMEN!
love this song gone sister Amen Amen
Love this song, I always listen and sing along to it. Powerful song, even better movie and storyline; it always goes back to God and gets the glory. Praise God!
LORD of all
Amen
Mighty MASTER
BROTHER , joint aires 14y 1m
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