Cottle in 2014
|Birth name||Tameka Cottle-Pope|
|Also known as||Tiny|
July 14, 1975 |
College Park, Georgia, United States
|Origin||Jonesboro, Georgia, United States|
|Occupations||Singer-songwriter, television personality|
|Years active||1992–2005 (with Xscape)
|Labels||Sony BMG Music Entertainment|
|Associated acts||T.I., Xscape, OMG Girlz, Miss Precious, French Kiss|
Tameka Harris (née Cottle; born July 14, 1975) is an American singer-songwriter from Jonesboro, Georgia. She is perhaps best known as a member of the multi-platinum R&B female group, Xscape and her marriage with American rapper T.I.. She received a Grammy Award for her writing contributions on the TLC hit "No Scrubs." She acquired the nickname "Tiny" due to her small stature of 4'11".
Early life and career
Tameka Cottle was born to Diane Cottle-Pope and Charles Pope (1936–2013) in College Park, Georgia. Cottle's father and her uncle, Joseph Pope (1933–96), formed the R&B group The Tams. Cottle joined the R&B quartet Xscape in 1992 while attending Tri-Cities Performing Arts High School. Xscape was discovered by producer Jermaine Dupri while singing at a Martin Luther King, Jr. birthday celebration in Atlanta. Dupri immediately signed the group to his then new record label, So So Def Recordings.
As a member of the group, Cottle has contributed to three of the band's platinum albums: Hummin' Comin' at 'Cha, Off the Hook, and Traces of My Lipstick. As a member of Xscape, she has received two Soul Train Music Awards for Best New R&B Artist and Best R&B Album and the A-Town Music Award for Best Duo/Group. Cottle sang lead vocals on five of Xscape's hit singles: "Understanding", "Do You Want To?", "All I Need", "Love's a Funny Thing", and "Am I Dreamin'". She has also recorded on soundtracks for Soul Food, Panther, Bad Boys, and Love Jones. In 1998, after the release of Xscape's third album, Traces of My Lipstick, the band parted ways.
In 1999, Cottle and fellow former Xscape band member Kandi Burruss were honored with a Grammy Award for Best R&B Song for penning TLC's hit single "No Scrubs". Cottle's other accomplishments include an American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers award in the R&B and Pop Music categories for "No Scrubs", as well as the ASCAP Rap Award for her work on the Sporty Thievz track "No Pigeons." Cottle has also worked with T.I., 8Ball & MJG, Lil' Kim and Bow Wow.
After a five-year hiatus, Cottle reunited with sisters LaTocha and Tamika Scott and added a new member, Kiesha Miles, to release a Xscape album entitled Unchained and released the single "What's Up" in 2005.
On July 22, 2014, Tameka returned to the music industry with her first solo single "what the fuk you gon do?". Within a few hours of "wtfygd" being released it got to the number 5 spot on the iTunes R&B/Soul charts. Less than 24 hours after it was released it became the number one song on the charts for the genre.
In 2001, Cottle began dating rapper T.I. Cottle and T.I. married on July 30, 2010 in Miami Beach, Florida. They have two sons together: Clifford "King" Joseph Harris II (born August 25, 2004) and Major Philant Harris (born May 16, 2008). Their daughter Lelah Amore Harris was stillborn on March 22, 2007, six months into a complicated pregnancy.
On September 1, 2010, Cottle and T.I. were arrested following a motor vehicle stop in Los Angeles. The police reported that an odor of burnt marijuana was coming from the vehicle and the couple were found to be in possession of a controlled substance; namely, ecstasy. They posted $10,000 bail.
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