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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)

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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
on da cren bra bump
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.
One of my favorites!!!
Love this. Song. Love. Tamia
Love this song love tamia
Wish my wife were here our song miss ya D.........Ma s t e r
mssunshine19 6 7
Yes a very loving and inspiring song.
Where are you?
I'm a dude but I love the way her voice sounds, she makes this song I wish she was my girlfriend I can get use to her singing to me. Yep
Love this song........ . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Nice song girl I'm biggest fan ever
I like his song its,nice, she,best, woman woman singer Tamara
marshmellow5 1 3 1
I miss music this way
U know u likes this song, I know I likes it!!!AHA!!!
I love Tania!! Her voice is one of pure perfection! She is multi-talent e d ! Her voice, and professional i s m . Is to be admired. She carries herself like a lady with dignity and grace always.
cynthiafuent e s . c f
Yo
It's crazy how when a song comes out you think it's for the person you're with at that moment, but when you're with the love of your life and you hear the same song years later, it really takes on a new meaning!!!
1 kiss your hand
2 say your crushes name
3 say your name
4 pick a day
5 post this on 15 other songs
6 on that day your crush will kiss you
jstlus
You
sista has it allll, beauty, voice, moves, clean rep....amazi n g talent!
Baby im so madly in love with you NO MATTA WHAT :D
Beautiful with an amazing voice
Tamia is a very underrated singer, she can sing her butt of & is my personal favorite female singer
vey sweet and nice song
Love Tamia but my favorite song is STILL!!!
Luv this song
im still here im just scared lol
into you!
lmk959603
Love me some Tamia
I love all her songs
My jam
One of the Best Rnb singers "Ever!"! But chose the "Classy Route"!-Love Her!!!-Inspi r i n g Real Gifted Girls!- Like Jermaine says"We dont have to take our clothes off!"-Go Girl!!!
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