Before Tamia Washington (born May 9, 1976) was discovered, she studied voice, acting, singing and performed on stage and at church in her native Windsor, Canada. She won several awards, including the 1993 YTV Youth Achievement Award in the Vocal category. In 1994, Tamia won the Steve Ross Music Scholarship as an Honor Youth Delegate at the American Academy of Achievement's thirty-third Annual Salute to Excellence. She also performed to an audience of 75,000 people at a gala honoring Canadian Prime Minister Brian Mulroney, and appeared on a benefit tour where she shared the stage with Peabo Bryson, Kenny Loggins, Kenny G., and Julio Iglesias.
Tamia's big break came after she moved to Los Angeles in 1994. She met Quincy Jones when he happened to be chosen to present an award to her in Las Vegas. (Quincy Jones is known for discovering many artists such as Patti Austin, James Ingram, and Tevin Campbell). Quincy asked Tamia if she would like to sing the lead-off single from his first new album in six years, Q's Jook Joint. The single was called You Put A Move On My Heart and it would be the single that introduced Tamia to the world.
After appearing on Quincy Jones' album on the songs You Put A Move On My Heart and Slow Jams (with Babyface), and signing with Quincy's Qwest label, Tamia immediately ventured into the music world, singing the hit song Missing You (from the movie Set It Off) with Brandy, Gladys Knight, and Chaka Khan. She also sings on LL Cool J's new Phenomenon album. Last summer, Tamia tried her hand at acting by landing a supporting role in the movie Speed 2: Cruise Control, acting opposite Jason Patric and Sandra Bullock. She has appeared as a guest and presenter at award shows such as the Grammy Awards, American Music Awards, and the Soul Train Awards. A magazine article also mentioned that she would be the new spokes-model for Tommy Hilfiger clothing, but nothing was seen of that. She recently wed NBA basketball star Grant Hill (whom she was introduced to by singer Anita Baker). They wed in late July 1999.
So what makes people like Tamia? Well, Quincy Jones describes her as the "perfect music diva". In a world where some singers only look good or only sing good, Tamia is a singer that is perfect, because she looks and sings amazingly. We've been patiently waiting for three years for her debut album and it was finally released in April 1998. Her single first two singles Imagination and So Into You have already been heating up the radio waves and her videos has been on rotation on BET, The Box & Much Music. Her most recent single, a duet with Eric Benet entitled Spend My Life With You, made it to #1 on the R&B Singles/Tracks charts. After much speculation, it was confirmed that Tamia did indeed leave Qwest/Warner Bros. in Spring 1999 for a new label, Elektra, where she is preparing a new album for a June 2000 release.
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About Tamia | Reviewer: Krista Johnson | 4/24/12
I think Tamia was gay because if you listen to her lyrics in (Me) i am going to let everbody read the part that made me think she was gay (Cuz she's actually formin' a threesome
And I'm happy that I can join them, and
Their names are me, myself and I)
INSPIRATION-THANK YOU "TAMIA" | Reviewer: JULIA A. BOYCE | 2/20/12
'Tamia", You are at the top of my list for being one of the most inspiring recording artist of all time. Through your singing, you've demonstrated Professionalism, Greatness and Excellence that is above and beyond. Your singing touches the heart and soul of many a listener for a lifetime. You are greatly admired and adored. Looking forward to hearing more of your music. Wishing you all the best. Thank you "TAMIA".
Simply pure talent | Reviewer: Kristie | 1/6/11
Tamia is one of my favorites! Ive been in love with her since I first heard this song! I have every single one of her cd's and when I say I listen to them all the time... I do! She is just so underrated in the industry but she is by far the baddest. Her music will bring tears to your eyes or the strength to overcome what you are going through! Tamia I am a huge fan of yours and your voice is just so simply beautiful!!! Love it!
Wishing you best of health | Reviewer: Debbie Tate | 4/22/10
When I read about you having MS I became very concerned. I was diagnosed with MS 10 years ago but the Lord is showing me favor. I exercise everyday almost but I pray constantly. I drink water only and it's called "Real Water" in California it can only be purchased at Whole Foods. I wish I could talk to you and tell you how well I feel most of the time. Please feel free to write me back. I've been trying to find you every since I read your story in the Jet.
May God always bless you
I Chose ME Great song even to men | Reviewer: Jay | 8/30/07
Well I agree with everything that was said, No I am not gay, Just sensitive to woman's thoughts, But I see that what is not said is this song is more about an abusive man raising his hand to her, which lowers anyones self esteem and worth, and that is why she says enough is enough, I chose ME, It is a song to make woman say I love myself more than this.
A males view and opinion.
Respect | Reviewer: Randi | 6/22/07
I've been a fan of Tamia for a very long time. Her CD's brought me through a lot of heartaches, and gave me the strenght to go on. Her music has a purpose, and meaning.
Thank you Tamia!
Between friends CD | Reviewer: tracy | 5/2/07
This is a wonderful Cd. I have played it non-stop since I purchased it. It is a shame that Tamia does not recieve the publicity she deserves as a beautiful graceful clothed woman! This is singing, I pray that one day R&B will bring to veiw the real female artist and realize that showing skin ain't in. What about real talent such as Tamia? Tamia desreves more publicity, why is that she is never nominated for a grammy? Oh I know why.. She acts too much like a lady! keep doing what you doing Tamia!!
love her | Reviewer: joy hylton | 2/16/07
I have a lot of respect for this girl.Hope u and grant stay together forever. Any kids?
About Tamia | Reviewer: tashaura legrand | 4/20/06
Tamia's songs really make me think about things such as love,family,and friends so we really need to hear more from her.
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