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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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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!!!
Ooooo....... k
King fiki like the song
I'm so into u!<3
laura_parfai t e
Every time me and my dude get into it one of us gotta listen to Tamia. Lol. Still is our song no doubt about it. Lolo && Khy'Mhari
Tamia can sing. This is one of the artist that you can clearly hear has real talent. I Love her music!
Don't read this because it actually works. You will be kissed on the nearest possible 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 die in 2 days. Now you've started reading so don't stop. This is so scary put this on at least 5 songs in the next 143 minutes. When done press f6 and your lover's name will come on the screen in big letters. This is so scary because it actually works.
Don't read this because it actually works
Sexy woman. Beautiful cute song
one of the best.....
Damn Tamia.....Di d n t realize how much I missed ur music. When u comin back gurl
She kinda look like keisha chante
Youare aqueen
O_O
A Beautiful Song Bird is what she is.......... I love her voice.....Pu r e Gold!
Real music!
Something is wrong when a vocalist of Tamia's caliber is not known. She is a woman of class and dignity with a voice of gold, yet the industry fawns over those who show their bodies and wear as few garments as possible. A sick world! I love you Tania.
Love this song!!
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 do not post this in at least 3 5 songs you will die in 2 days. Now that you're reading this, don't stop. This is so scary. Put this in at least 5 threads in 143 minutes, and when you're done press F6 and your lover's name will appear on the screen in big letters. This is so scary, it actually works.
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 it this you will die in two days. Now you've started reading this so don't stop. This is so scary put this on 5 songs in 143 minutes when done press f6 and you lovers name will appear on the screen in big letters this is so scary because it works.
Kiss ur left hand
Say ur crushes name
Close ur hand
Pick a school day
Say ur name
Post this on 15 more songs and on the day u picked u you will be asked out by ur crush
LOVE, LOVE THIS SONG. MAKES YOU WANT TO BE IN LOVE IF YOU NEVER WERE.
Kiss ur left hand
Say ur crushes name
Close ur hand
Pick a school day
Say ur name
Post this on 15 more songs and on the day u picked u you will be asked out by ur crush.
Still feels like the first time we met, the ? everybody ask is how we make it last, I tell them I still, he still, we still
I RILLY LIKE THIS SONG I LOED WHAT U DID TO ME SO KNOW EXPLAIN IT::(
Yougo
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