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Birth name Tamia Marilyn Washington
Born (1975-05-09) May 9, 1975 (age 39)
Origin Windsor, Ontario, Canada
Genres R&B, soul, hip hop soul, pop, gospel
Occupation(s) Singer, songwriter
Instruments Vocals, piano
Years active 1995–present
Labels Qwest / Warner Bros. (1995–1999)
Elektra (2000–2005)
Plus 1 (2006–present)
Def Jam (2014–present)
Associated acts Anita Baker, Eric Benét, Brandy, Tim & Bob, Fabolous, Quincy Jones, Chaka Khan, Gladys Knight, Clive Davis, R. Kelly, Claude Kelly, The Runners, Deborah Cox, Kelly Price, Jermaine Dupri, Missy Elliott
Website TamiaWorld.com

Tamia Marilyn Hill (born May 9, 1975), known professionally as Tamia, is a Canadian singer-songwriter whose music spans several genres: R&B, neo soul, hip hop soul, pop, gospel, jazz, and soft rock. She is best known for her first Top 40 hit on the R&B charts "You Put A Move On My Heart", her 2001 hit "Stranger in My House", Fabolous' 2003 hit "Into You" (which samples her 1998 song "So into You"), her 2006 hit "Me" and her 2012 hit "Beautiful Surprise". Tamia is married to retired NBA player Grant Hill. They have two daughters; Myla Grace and Lael Rose.

Early life[edit]

Tamia Marilyn Hill (née Washington) was born and raised in Windsor, Ontario. She grew up in the inner city, not far from the Detroit border, with her mother Barbara, and three younger brothers Tiras, Tajhee, and Trajan. Aside from the music she heard and sang at church, Tamia was exposed to diverse music from an early age by her mother. Singing was always her passion. As early as age six, she was on stage singing at the local church, and by age 12, had already been involved in several musicals which helped hone her musical skills. Tamia studied piano and voice with renowned Windsor musician, Eugene Davis, who was also instrumental in encouraging her to pursue her vocal passion. It was not long before the gifted young singer began receiving recognition for her talent. Her mother and Godmother decided that the arts program at Walkerville Collegiate Institute in Windsor would best suit Tamia's musical talent. Along with attending high school at Walkerville, she made several appearances in local theater and choral concerts before winning Canada's prestigious YTV Vocal Achievement Award in 1993.


Tamia and other collaborations (1995–1997)[edit]

In early-to-mid 1995, Tamia, who has five-octave vocal range, began recording her eponymous debut album, with production from the likes of Mario Winans, Jermaine Dupri, Tim & Bob, as well as additional help from Quincy Jones. The album's first single, "You Put a Move On My Heart", a cover of the 1993 song by British singer Mica Paris, was released on December 2, 1995, which was produced by Quincy Jones, off of his Q's Jook Joint album, charted at #98 on the Billboard Hot 100, and became Tamia's first Top 40 hit on the R&B charts, peaking at #12. Another single, "Slow Jams" which was co-written by American singer-songwriter Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds, features Barry White, and Babyface himself. The single also appeared on Q's Jook Joint, and appeared at #68 on the Billboard Hot 100 and at #19 on the R&B charts, becoming her second Top 40 R&B hit. In the second quarter of 1996, Tamia collaborated with American soul singer Gladys Knight, Brandy, and Chaka Khan for the single, "Missing You", which was featured in the 1996 blockbuster film, Set It Off, and released in August of that year, the single peaked at #10 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs, and at #25 on the Billboard Hot 100, becoming her first Top 40 single and third Top 40 R&B hit overall.

Tamia's debut album was released in Canada on April 14, 1998, three weeks later it was released in the United Kingdom on May 11, and in North America the following day. To date, the album sold more than 420,000 copies in the United States and was certified gold

A Nu Day (2000–2001)[edit]

On October 24, 2000, Tamia released her second album, A Nu Day. The album debuted at number forty-six on the Billboard 200 and number eight on the Top R&b/Hip-Hop Albums Chart. On June 4, 2001, A Nu Day, was certified gold by the RIAA. A Nu Day is Tamia's best selling album to date.

The first single from A Nu Day was "Can't Go for That" which was written by Missy Elliott. The single peaked at #84 on the Billboard Hot 100 and number twenty-three on the R&B chart.

The second single from A Nu Day was the hit "Stranger in My House". The single went to number ten on the Billboard Hot 100, number three on the Billboard R&B chart and to number one for 10 weeks on the Billboard Hot Dance chart. "Stranger In My House" still remains Tamia's biggest hit to date.

The third and final single from A Nu Day was "Tell Me Who". Although the single missed the Hot 100, it managed to reach #63 on the R&B chart and peaked at #2 on the Billboard Hot Dance chart.

More (2003–2004)[edit]

Tamia released her third studio album, More, on April 6, 2004 in the United States. The album debuted at number seventeen on the Billboard 200 and at number four on the Billboard R&B Albums Chart. The album was certified Gold by the RIAA, for shipping over 500,000 units in North America.

The lead single "Into You", which is a collaboration with rapper Fabolous, sampled the chorus from Tamia's "So Into You", a song from her self-titled debut album. The song soared to #4 on the Hot 100 and to #1 on the Billboard R&B chart.

The second single, called "Officially Missing You", peaked at #83 on the Billboard Hot 100, and #31 on the R&B chart.

The third single, "Questions", missed the Hot 100, but managed to climb to #40 on the R&B charts.

The fourth and final single, "Still", peaked at #83 on the R&B chart and #34 on the Billboard Hot Dance chart.

Split from Elektra Records and Between Friends[edit]

In 2005, Tamia split from Elektra Records, and created her own record label, Plus One Music Group.

On May 12, 2006, Tamia released Between Friends on South African independent label Gallo Records. It was released in the US by Image Entertainment on November 14, 2006. The album has three tracks produced by Rodney "Darkchild" Jerkins. The rest are produced by Shep Crawford. The album peaked at number 66 on the Billboard 200 and number nine on the Billboard Top R&B albums chart. Although none of the singles released made the Hot 100, Between Friends has sold more than 450,000 copies in the United States, 120,000 in South Africa, and more than 800,000 worldwide[citation needed] to date.

The first single off Between Friends, "Can't Get Enough", peaked at #26 on Billboard's R&B chart.

The second single, "Me", which was written by Shep Crawford (who wrote "Stranger In My House"), also reached the Top 30 of the R&B chart and peaked at #29.

On October 27, 2007, Tamia re-released her album Between Friends entitled A Gift Between Friends. The album also contains a few Christmas songs.

Shortly after the re-release of the album, Tamia released the third single, "Almost", which peaked at #59 on the US R&B chart in early 2008.

Live album[edit]

On her 2008 Summer Soul Concert Series tour, Tamia recorded her Sunday, August 10, 2008 performance at the Lincoln Theatre (Washington, D.C.).[1] The recorded performance is planned to be released as a live CD album, along with the DVD. Both were slated for release on December 2, 2008, but have been pushed back several times. As of September 2009, it has not been released. The live album, called Live in Washington, DC, will include 3 new tracks. In March 2010, she confirmed on her Twitter page that the live album would be released later this year.

The Queen Project[edit]

It was announced in September 2009 that Tamia, Deborah Cox, and Kelly Price have formed a supergroup, The Queen Project. Tamia's longtime collaborator, Shep Crawford, who has also produced Cox's "Nobody's Supposed to Be Here" and Price's "As We Lay," will be the main collaborator for the project. The women have made it clear that they seek to empower other women with this project. Their collaboration will not be limited to the studio. They also plan to do a number of community service projects. The first single is to be released this fall with an album early 2010.

Tamia has since stated to Kempire Radio that the project has no tentative release date, admitting the project may have been a bit "ambitious" in timing as the members are also promoting their own albums and solo projects but still wish to pursue.[2]

Greatest Hits[edit]

Tamia released her greatest hits in South Africa on November 2, 2009. It includes a bonus DVD. It has since sold more than 500,000 copies to date in South Africa alone.[3]

Beautiful Surprise[edit]

In March 2010, Tamia confirmed on her official Twitter page that she is working on her new album. As of November 8, 2010, Tamia told Kempire Radio she is "seven songs into the album" and will remain true to her signature themes of love:

"I'm on a roll. Obviously, I love my ballads so they'll be there, too."

[2] The album will feature writing and production from Rodney "Darkchild" Jerkins in addition to Chuck Harmony, The Runners, Claude Kelly, Ivan Barias, and others.[4] The album is titled Beautiful Surprise and was released on August 28, 2012 and has since reached #1 on R&B iTunes charts within 2 days of its release. The first single is the title track, "Beautiful Surprise" and was released on March 2, 2012 and has since received a positive response in both USA and South Africa. The video featuring her real life husband, Grant Hill who plays as her love interest, was released on June 26, 2012. "Beautiful Surprise" debuted at #71 and so far peaked at #24 on the R&B/Hip-Hop Chart, also peaked at #5 on Urban AC charts. Second single is "Give Me You" and was released on November 19, 2012 and has sor far reached #22 on Urban AC charts.

The album debuted at #6 on the US Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart with first week sales of 41,521 copies. As of 9 October 2012, it has sold over 92,000 copies.

Tamia was on tour with R. Kelly, The Single Ladies Tour, from October until December 2012 in support of the new album.

New Album[edit]

Tamia is currently working on her sixth studio album due for release in early 2015. She signed with Def Jam Records in August 2014. Confirmed writers and producers include Johnta Austin, Bryan Michael Cox, Shep Crawford, Diane Warren, Da Internz, The Stereotypes, Claude Kelly and Chuck Harmony. This will be Tamia's return to major label following the release of her two previous albums, 2006 Between Friends and 2012 Beautiful Surprise, which she released independently under her label Plus 1 Music Group.


In June 1997, Tamia made her film debut as Sheri Silver in the action-thriller Speed 2: Cruise Control. As the cruise liner's musical entertainer, she performed the Diane Warren penned single "Make Tonight Beautiful", which was released as part of the film's soundtrack. She has also appeared in other TV sitcoms, including Rock Me Baby and an episode of Kenan and Kel.

Personal life[edit]

In Detroit, Michigan she was introduced to Grant Hill by singer Anita Baker. Tamia married Hill on July 24, 1999. Their daughter, Myla Grace Hill, was born on January 23, 2002. On August 9, 2007, Tamia gave birth to their second child, Lael Rose Hill.

In 2003, it was announced on Extra that Tamia had been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. In an interview with Smooth magazine, Tamia reported that the disease is seemingly in remission and that she has occasional symptoms but they are controlled.


Main article: Tamia discography


Awards and nominations[edit]

Grammy Awards
  • 1997, Best Female R&B Vocal Performance: "You Put a Move On My Heart" (Nominated)
  • 1997, Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group: "Slow Jams" (Nominated)
  • 1997, Best Pop Collaboration w/ Vocals: "Missing You" (Nominated)
  • 2000, Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group: "Spend My Life with You" (Nominated)
  • 2013, Best R&B Song: "Beautiful Surprise" (Nominated)
  • 2013, Best R&B Album: "Beautiful Surprise" (Nominated)
NAACP Image Awards
  • 2000, Winner (Outstanding Song) "Spend My Life With You"
Juno Awards
  • 1999, Best New Solo Artist (Nominated)
  • 1999, Best R&B/Soul Recording: "Tamia" (Nominated)
  • 2001, Best R&B/Soul Recording: "A Nu Day" (Nominated)
  • 2005, R&B/Soul Recording of the Year: "More" (Nominated)
  • 2007, R&B/Soul Recording of the Year: "Between Friends" (Nominated)
Soul Train Awards
  • 2012, Best Independent/Soul Artist (Nominated)
UB Honors Awards
  • 2012, Best Independent Urban Album (Nominated)
  • 2012, Best R&B Album Of The Year (Nominated)
RLM World Music Awards
  • 2013, Best Female Artist (Nominated)
Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop Awards
  • 2007, Top R&B/Hip-Hop Artist - Female (Nominated)
Source Awards
  • 2003, R&B/Rap Collaboration Of The Year: "Into You" with Fabolous (Nominated)

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Tami @ Lincoln Theatre Sun 10 Aug 8". Flowinsiders.com. Retrieved 2011-03-02. 
  2. ^ a b Tamia Talks New Album, Beyonce, and Country Music[dead link]
  3. ^ "Tamia - Greatest Hits (CD) - Music". TAKE2. 2009-11-02. Retrieved 2011-03-02. 
  4. ^ "Tamia To Work With Darkchild On New Album". Rttnews.com. 2010-11-08. Retrieved 2011-03-02. 

External links[edit]

Official Fansite