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Tamyra Gray


Praised just as much on her behalf wide vocal vary and passionate delivery as she was on her behalf elegant design, Tamyra Grey was noticed by many because the singer who, in an ideal world, must have won the very first edition of American Idol. When Grey didn’t get more than enough votes to remain on the display and much less talented contestants like Nikki McKibbin do, Gray’s dismissal sparked reactions which range from disappointment to outrage. Nevertheless, Grey entered the competition primarily to earn much more publicity on her behalf skill, which she do even without earning everything on American Idol. Before the display, Grey had been performing professionally for some time, carrying out in musicals, at corporate and business Coca-Cola features in her hometown of Atlanta, GA, and adding support vocals on DMX’s 1998 track “Slippin’.” Given birth to on July 26, 1979, in Takoma Recreation area, MD, Grey was the 3rd youngest of twelve siblings. Her family remained in Gaithersburg, MD, until she was 13. During elementary college, her chorus instructor taught Grey the fundamentals of performing, which was the only real formal teaching that she received. Once the Grays relocated to Atlanta, Tamyra produced the most from the city’s possibilities. She created a vocal duo, the Silhouettes, with her sister Kim, made an appearance in local advertisements, and performed inside a hip-hop dance troupe beneath the stage name Component. Gray’s parents motivated her desire for music and carrying out, which was shown in her wide musical likes (Grey is a lover of Nikka Costa, Prince, and Aerosmith, in addition to Persian and Vietnamese music) and her fascination with all areas of the music market. Because of this, she analyzed business legislation, entertainment administration, and documenting technology at Georgia Condition University or college. While she was at university, Grey also received the name of Miss Atlanta. After graduation, she continuing to execute and worked like a preschool instructor before getting into the American Idol competition. On the display, Gray’s shows of tunes like “Contact Me each day,” “Minnie the Moocher,” “A RESIDENCE Is Not a house,” and “EASILY Were YOUR LOVER” produced her an early on favorite from the judges and target audience as well, and despite her untimely departure from your present, she was agreed upon by American Idol originator Simon Fuller to some management contract immediately after she still left. After the countrywide American Idol Tour, Grey began focusing on songs on her behalf debut album and in addition took several acting roles, like the function of Aisha, a talented youthful vocalist with an abusive sweetheart on Boston Community; she also performed a lesbian vocalist on Fifty percent & Fifty percent and Carly Anders, an ill-fated celebrity on Tru Contacting. During that period, the musical aspect of her profession seemed to strike a snag, as she was transferred from RCA to its store label J and dropped altogether. Nevertheless, in summertime 2004, her debut record, The Dreamer, an eclectic assortment of songs compiled by Grey and including collaborations with Babyface, Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis, Scott Storch, and Diane Warren, was finally released by 19 Information. Within the weeks before the album’s discharge, Tamyra made an appearance and performed on American Idol many times, performing two of her fresh tunes, “Raindrops Will Fall” and “Celebrity.”

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Full Name Tamyra Gray
Date Of Birth July 26, 1979
Height 1.67 m
Profession Actor, Singer, Songwriter
Education Georgia State University
Nationality American
Spouse Sam Watters
Children Sienna Marie Watters
Music Songs A House Is Not a Home, Now Behold the Lamb, Raindrops Will Fall, God Bless the Dreamer, Yesterday / Today, U've Only Got 1, Like a Child, Good Ol' Days, Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas, In My Soul, The Only Thing, Ha Ha, Faces, Star, California Dreamin', Legend, 17, Don't Stop, Silent Night
Albums The Dreamer
Nominations Teen Choice Award for Choice TV: Breakout Star Female
Movies The Gospel

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1 Is set to play Mimi Marquez in the hit Broadway show "Rent" until late November 2007 [May 2007]
2 Working on debut album which is slated to be released before the end of this year. [July 2003]
3 Gave birth at age of 30. A daughter named Sienna Marie was born July 17, 2010. Child's father is her Husband Sam Watters.
4 Miss Atlanta of 1998 (The Miss America Pageant).
5 She was dropped by her record label J Records before an album was ever released.
6 Is lactose intolerant and is a vegan.
7 Worked as an actress, a dancer for a hip hop company and also worked with kids as a preschool teacher and was a cheerleader in highschool
8 Was Miss Atlanta 1998
9 Attended Georgia State University and majored in Business Law and Entertainment Management
10 Was a former contestant (and musical performer) in the Miss Atlanta Teen USA pageant. Was ousted (at the surprise of the producers) from the American Idol competition, only to win a management contract with 19 Entertainment one week later.
11 Sang gospel music in her Norcross, Georgia church most of her life.
12 Gospel/Soul/R&B/Alt. singer.



The Voice of the Philippines 2013 TV Series writer - 1 episode
The X Factor Philippines 2012 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Obsessed 2009 performer: "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas"
Rachel Getting Married 2008 performer: "Peace Like a River", "In My Soul" / producer: "In My Soul" / writer: "In My Soul"
Idols 2008 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Las Vegas 2006 TV Series performer - 1 episode
The Gospel 2005 performer: "Seasons Change", "Put Your Hands Together", "Now Behold the Lamb"
Idols 2005 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Malaysian Idol 2004 TV Series writer - 1 episode
American Idol TV Series performer - 17 episodes, 2002 - 2004 writer - 4 episodes, 2004



Rachel Getting Married 2008 Singing Friend
Las Vegas 2006 TV Series Patty
The Gospel 2005 Rain Walker
What I Like About You 2004 TV Series Danielle
Tru Calling 2004 TV Series Carly Anders
Half & Half 2003 TV Series Zora Kane
Boston Public 2003 TV Series Aisha Clemens



Orange County Christmas Extravaganza 2015 TV Movie Herself
Little Dude Anthem 2015 Short Herself
The 62nd Annual Tony Awards 2008 TV Special Herself - Performer
The Tyra Banks Show 2006 TV Series Herself
All of Us 2005 TV Series Herself
Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade 2004 TV Special Herself - Performer
On-Air with Ryan Seacrest 2004 TV Series Herself
4th Annual BET Awards 2004 TV Special Herself
American Idol 2002-2004 TV Series Herself / Herself - Guest
An American Idol Christmas 2003 TV Movie documentary Herself
American Juniors 2003 TV Series Herself
The 17th Annual Soul Train Music Awards 2003 TV Special Herself

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

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2003 OFTA Television Award Online Film & Television Association Best Guest Actress in a Drama Series Boston Public (2000)
2003 Teen Choice Award Teen Choice Awards Choice TV Breakout Star - Female Boston Public (2000)

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