Tanya Blount

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Tanya Blount
Birth name Tanya Blount
Born (1977-09-25) September 25, 1977 (age 37)
Origin Washington, D.C., United States
Genres R&B, soul
Occupations Actress, singer, author
Years active 1993–present
Labels Polydor Records
Associated acts Steve "Silk" Hurley
Chantay Savage

Tanya Blount (born September 25, 1977, Washington, D.C., United States) is an African American actress, author and musician.

Early life and education[edit]

Blount was educated at Morgan State University, where she majored in psychology and sang in the university choir.[1]


She secured a recording contract with Polydor Records at age 18,[citation needed] and by 19 was featured in the film, Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit, where as the character "Tanya", she performed a duet of "His Eye Is on the Sparrow" with Lauryn Hill.

Her first album, Natural Thing, was released in 1994 and peaked at number seven.[2] The album's first single "I'm Gonna Make You Mine" [3] peaked to #57 on Billboard's R&B Singles chart. Two singles followed, "Through the Rain" peaking at #27 on Billboard's R&B Singles chart [4] and "Hold On" at (#66) [5] by 1995 she received a nomination for Best New Artist at the Soul Train Awards.

Blount has had a consistent musical theatre career in productions including What Every Woman Wants, Sneaky, Preacher's Kids, Born to Sing! and Christmas in Washington.[citation needed]

One of the first appearances of Blount's more recent works, "Right Here", was in the 2008 Tyler Perry film, The Family That Preys.[citation needed]

She is married to Michael Trotter Jr., with whom she formed the band Trotter & Blount. Their work spans several genres, particularly folk, country, Americana, soul, and inspirational.



Published works[edit]

  • Through the Rain 40 Principles for Surviving Life's Challenges



  1. ^ Boulware, Dorothy S. (2000-11-03). "Morgan choir makes beautiful music in Prague". Baltimore Afro-American. "Morgan's choir... has produced local and national musicians like Kevin Short, Kishna Davis, Tanya Blount..." 
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  6. ^ Harrington, Richard (2000-02-18). "Hitting the Historical High Notes". Washington Post. "Tanya Blount, the big-voiced singer from Temple Hills, released her one and only album in 1994, producing two minor hits." 
  7. ^ Walton, Brian M. (1995-03-08). "Diana Ross & Queen Latifah To Be Honored At The Soul Train Music Awards". Washington Informer. "Local talent is represented with Tanya Blount up for Best R&B/Soul New Artist..." 

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