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A local of Canada, modern R&B singer and songwriter Tamia got an early on begin in the music industry, singing for the Fishing rod Temperton-penned “You Place a Move ahead My Heart,” the very first one from Quincy Jones’ 1994 strike album Q’s Jook Joint, when she was just an adolescent. That paved just how for the discharge of her debut record in 1998. Tamia was created and elevated in Windsor, Ontario. As a kid, she took performing and performing lessons, eventually executing in several regional choirs and theatrical presentations. She shortly earned a popularity and several honours, like the YTV Vocal Accomplishment Award in 1993. The next year, she earned the Steve Ross Music Scholarship or grant on the American Academy of Achievement’s Annual Salute to Superiority in 1994. That same 12 months, she attended a celebration her supervisor Brenda Richie kept for Luther Vandross. At that party, she fulfilled Quincy Jones, who became used with Tamia’s skill. By the finish of the entire year, she experienced sung “You Place a Move ahead My Center” for Jones’ fresh recording, Q’s Jook Joint. The track became a high Ten R&B strike and gained her a Grammy nomination for Greatest Feminine R&B Vocal Efficiency; another song for the record, a duet with Babyface entitled “Decrease Jams,” was nominated for Greatest R&B Performance by way of a Duo or Group. She also sang “Missing You” with Brandy, Gladys Knight, and Chaka Khan for the soundtrack for the 1995 film Established It Off. “Lacking You” was also nominated to get a Grammy, producing for a complete of three nominations for Tamia before she got also released an record. Such publicity, plus nominations through the NAACP Image Honours and the Spirit Train Music Honours, produced Tamia a popular commodity within the music sector. She thoroughly crafted her debut record during the period of 1996 and 1997, acquiring time out to try out a small function in Rate II: Luxury cruise Control in 1997; she also sang “Make Tonight Gorgeous” for the soundtrack. Tamia finally released her debut record, Tamia, in Apr 1998. The record boasted an extraordinary set of collaborators and manufacturers, including Jermaine Dupri, Keith Crouch, Tim Kelly and Bob Robinson, Stevie J., Mario Winans, and Quincy Jones. It peaked at quantity 18 on Billboard’s R&B graph. Two years later on and newly authorized to Elektra, Tamia released her second recording, A Nu Day time, featuring creation collaborations from Missy Elliott, Dallas Austin, and Shep Crawford. The solitary “Stranger in my own Home” became a shock Top Ten Warm 100 strike, which helped drive the recording into the TOP from the R&B graph. Even more (Elektra, 2004) and Between Close friends (Picture Entertainment, 2006) taken care of the streak of TOP R&B albums. Gorgeous Shock (Plus 1, 2012) was led by its name track, the video that presented the singer’s longtime spouse, professional basketball participant Give Hill. The solitary was nominated for any Grammy award within the category of Greatest R&B Track and resulted in a recording agreement using the Def Jam label. Like Existence (2015), the singer’s 6th studio recording, was led by “Sandwich along with a Soda pop,” a cooperation with Andrew “Pop” Wansel and Warren “Oak” Felder.

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Full Name Tamia
Date Of Birth May 9, 1975
Height 1.69 m
Profession Actor, Entrepreneur, Investor, Songwriter, Singer-songwriter, Gospel singer, Art collector
Nationality Canadian
Spouse Grant Hill
Children Myla Grace Hill, Lael Rose Hill
Parents Barbara Washington
Siblings Trajan Washington, Tajhee Washington, Tiras Washington
Awards NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Song
Music Songs Officially Missing You, Stranger in My House, So Into You, Still, Missing You, Stuck With Me, Can't Get Enough, Beautiful Surprise, Almost, Me, Sandwich and a Soda, Into You, Give Me You, Loving You Still, Can't Go for That, Tell Me Who, Questions, Imagination, If I Were You, Never Gonna Let You Go, Love Falls Over Me, Make Tonight Beautiful, Can't Get Enough of You, Rain on Me, Can't No Man, Un'h... To You, Love I'm Yours, The Way I Love You, Sittin' on the Job, Have to Go Through It, This Time It's Love, You Put a Move on My Heart
Albums Love Life, Beautiful Surprise, Between Friends, More, A Nu Day, Tamia, Solitudes
Nominations Grammy Award for Best R&B Song, Grammy Award for Best R&B Album, Grammy Award for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance, Grammy Award for Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals, Grammy Award for Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals, Juno Award for R&B/Soul Recording of the Year, Juno Award for Breakthrough Artist of the Year
Movies Michael Jackson: 30th Anniversary Celebration, Speed 2: Cruise Control

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1 Attended high school with Ari Rufino (CornerStore (2011), Iron Man Three (2013)) at Walkerville Collegiate Institute in Windsor, Ont.
2 Welcomed second child a daughter Lael Rose on August 9, 2007.
3 Tamia and Grant are expecting their second baby in August 2007.
4 On an episode of Extra (1994), her husband Grant Hill revealed that she was diagnosed, nearly two years ago, with Multiple Sclerosis. She wanted to come out to the public with her illness to help raise awareness for National MS Society. She joins other celebrities, like Richard Pryor, Teri Garr, Annette Funicello and Montel Williams, who suffer from the crippling disease. [May 2005]
5 Mother is black, biological father was a French-Canadian.
6 Welcomed first child a daughter Myla Grace on January 23, 2002. The baby weighed 7lbs. 6oz.
7 Met her husband, Grant Hill, through singer Anita Baker.
8 Married to NBA star Grant Hill.
9 Is the oldest of four children.



2010 Soul Train Awards 2010 TV Special performer: "Giving You the Best That I Got"
Not Easily Broken 2009 performer: "Have to Go Through It"
Love for Sale 2008 performer: "Happy"
First Daughter 2004 performer: "Dance My Dreams Theme Song from First Daughter"
Rock Me, Baby 2004 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Honey 2003 performer: "Into You", "It's a Party"
Beverly Hills, 90210 2000 TV Series performer - 1 episode
A Night at the Roxbury 1998 performer: "Careless Whisper"
Speed 2: Cruise Control 1997 performer: "Make Tonight Beautiful"
Set It Off 1996 performer: "I'll Be Missing You"



Tamia: Sandwich and a Soda 2015 Video short
Rock Me, Baby 2004 TV Series Tamia
Beverly Hills, 90210 2000 TV Series Tamia
Speed 2: Cruise Control 1997 Sheri Silver



Sidewalks Entertainment 2015 TV Series Herself - Guest
The Late Late Show with James Corden 2015 TV Series Herself - Musical Guest
The Chew 2015 TV Series Herself
2015 NBA All-Star Game 2015 TV Special Herself - Canadian National Anthem Performer
Big Morning Buzz Live 2012 TV Series Herself - Musical Guest
2010 Soul Train Awards 2010 TV Special Herself
2009 Soul Train Awards 2009 TV Special Herself
Real Life Divas 2008 TV Series documentary Herself
Baisden After Dark 2008 TV Series Herself
eTalk Daily 2007 TV Series Herself
An Evening of Stars: Tribute to Quincy Jones 2005 TV Movie Herself
Soul Train 2000-2004 TV Series documentary Herself / Guest
The Center 2003 TV Series Herself - Hostess (2004)
Michael Jackson: 30th Anniversary Celebration 2001 TV Special documentary Herself
32nd NAACP Image Awards 2001 TV Special Herself
The 15th Annual Soul Train Music Awards 2001 TV Special Herself
14th Annual Soul Train Music Awards 2000 TV Special Herself - Host
Kenan & Kel 1999 TV Series Herself
The 24th Annual American Music Awards 1997 TV Special Herself
The Making of 'Speed 2: Cruise Control' 1997 TV Movie documentary Herself

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2013 Grammy Grammy Awards Best R&B Song · Salaam Remi (Songwriter)
· Claude Kelly (Songwriter)
2013 Grammy Grammy Awards Best R&B Album For the album "Beautiful Surprise."

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1 My family all worked in factories. It's a factory town. So, I didn't have dreams of Hollywood. I just loved to sing. - on living in Windsor and singing from a young age

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