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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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tawaykgarns
Underrated singer beautiful voice doesn't get enough credit
Omg mane I love this song throw back
SO INTO YOU TAMIA
That's my girl. She can sing.
Don't read this because it actually works. You will be kissed on the nearest Friday by the love of your life. Tomorrow will be the best day of your life. However if you don't post this you will be injured(but you won't die) in two days. Now you started reading this so don't stop. Post this on at least 5 songs in the next 143 minutes. When you're done press f6 and your lovers name will appear on the screen in big letters. This is so scary because it actually works.
Good. #goofy
TAMIA Sweetness
SANG TAMIA!!!!!!
Jazmin
Tamia is a sweet singer. I like her song almost. PEACE
Good music
Don't read this because it actually works. You will be kissed on the nearest Friday by the love of your life. Tomorrow will be the best day of your life. However if you don't post this you will be injured(but you won't die) in two days. Now you started reading this so don't stop. Post this on at least 5 songs in the next 143 minutes. When you're done press f6 and your lovers name will appear on the screen in big letters. This is so scary because it actually works.
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One of the best song of all time
John legend or Anthony Hamilton?
she said it....
Don't read this because it actually works. You will be kissed on the nearest Friday by the love of your life. Tomorrow will be the best day of your life. However if you don't post this you will be injured(but you won't die) in two days. Now you started reading this so don't stop. Post this on at least 5 songs in the next 143 minutes. When you're done press f6 and your lovers name will appear on the screen in big letters. This is so scary because it actually works.
Love this song! Just beautiful
I first heard your song back in the day when it was first released... it has become a classic and I still enjoy listening to this all inspiring song.....
Your voice has carried me thru the roughest day in my life, thank you !
I Love YOU Tamia! Your voice is like a hummingbird! ! ! ! ! :-)......
So into is my song by tamia
Love this song!!!
blaqorchidha i r b y s h e r r e l l
Don't read this because it actually works. You will be kissed on the nearest Friday by the love of your life. Tomorrow will be the best day of your life. However if you don't post this you will be injured ( but you won't die) in two days. Now you started reading this so don't stop. Posted on at least 5 songs in the next 143. When you are done press f6 and your lovers name will appear the screen in big letters. This is so scary because it actually works.
This is relaxation!! ! ! !
ljuste.juste
All time favorite song
I'm sooo into U!!!!!! ❤️ Tamia
I miss my baby it brings memory's back
Its jams like these that make music worth listening to.. Real music..!
She is so amazing and beautiful... : )
This my jam
I love all of your songs
nrivers16
So true hee;P
nrivers16
I luv this song how love should always be ;P
This time I make it last ... It won't end I can get enough of you��
I can't wait to meet the man God has for me. My soul mate my lifetime partner. I've never experience true love
Those were the days…
lovveee!
I'm choosing all of the recordings of the artists so that you can see why and how we come so far to get too love capturing it relevant to how we feel then the ones we choose they're afraid to love us. What does one do to get to loving that someone to love?
I LOVE this song take u back
53223
I like this song because it's my favorite songs!?!
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Your something special I never thought I'd hsve someone.like you in my life
nrivers16
;* ;* ;*
Back in my day
I Enjoy all her Music, she's a great singer!
Whatever she sings is my jam..
This takes me back
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