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Tameka Cottle was born to Dianne Cottle-Pope and Charles Pope in [[College Park, Georgia]]. Cottle's father and her uncle, Joseph Pope (1933-1996), formed the R&B group [[The Tams]].<ref>{{cite book|last=Miller|first=Zell |title=They Heard Georgia Singing|publisher=Mercer University Press|date=1996|pages=285|isbn=0-865-54504-9}}</ref> Cottle joined the R&B [[quartet]] [[Xscape (band)|Xscape]] in 1992 while attending North Atlanta 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|So So Def Recordings]].
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Tameka Cottle (WHO I BUSTED A NUT ON WITH MY CAAACK!!) was born to Dianne Cottle-Pope and Charles Pope in [[College Park, Georgia]]. Cottle's father and her uncle, Joseph Pope (1933-1996), formed the R&B group [[The Tams]].<ref>{{cite book|last=Miller|first=Zell |title=They Heard Georgia Singing|publisher=Mercer University Press|date=1996|pages=285|isbn=0-865-54504-9}}</ref> Cottle joined the R&B [[quartet]] [[Xscape (band)|Xscape]] in 1992 while attending North Atlanta 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|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 four of Xscape's hit singles: "[[Understanding (song)|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 (film)|Soul Food]]'', ''[[Panther (film)|Panther]]'', ''[[Bad Boys (1995 film)|Bad Boys]]'', and ''[[Love Jones (film)|Love Jones]]''. In 1998, after the release of Xscape's third album, ''Traces of My Lipstick'', the band parted ways.
 
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 four of Xscape's hit singles: "[[Understanding (song)|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 (film)|Soul Food]]'', ''[[Panther (film)|Panther]]'', ''[[Bad Boys (1995 film)|Bad Boys]]'', and ''[[Love Jones (film)|Love Jones]]''. In 1998, after the release of Xscape's third album, ''Traces of My Lipstick'', the band parted ways.

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Tameka Cottle-Harris
Birth name Tameka Diane Cottle
Also known as Tiny
Origin Template:City-state, U.S.
Genres R&B, soul
Years active 1992-2005 (with Xscape)
2005-present (solo)
Labels Sony BMG Music Entertainment

Tameka "Tiny" Cottle-Harris (born July 14, 1975) is an American singer-songwriter who was a member of the multi-platinum R&B female group, Xscape. She acquired the nickname "Tiny" due to her small stature of 4'11".

Early life and career

Tameka Cottle (WHO I BUSTED A NUT ON WITH MY CAAACK!!) was born to Dianne Cottle-Pope and Charles Pope in College Park, Georgia. Cottle's father and her uncle, Joseph Pope (1933-1996), formed the R&B group The Tams.[1] Cottle joined the R&B quartet Xscape in 1992 while attending North Atlanta 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 four 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".[2] 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 new Xscape album entitled Unchained and released the single "What's Up" in 2005.[3]

Cottle is involved in a new project with Kiesha Miles called The OMG Girlz. Cottle's daughter, Zonnique (aka Star) formally 1/2 member of QT Possie, is also involved in the music industry and is part of a musical quartet called the OMG Girlz.[4]

In June 2009, Cottle's reality series, Tiny and Toya, made its debut on BET.[5]

Personal life

Cottle has one daughter, Zonnique Jailee Pullins (born March 21, 1996), from her relationship with Zonnie Zebo Pullins.[6][7] She also has two sons, Clifford "King" Harris (born August 25, 2005) and Major Harris (born May 16, 2008), with rapper T.I., with whom she has been in a relationship since 2001,[8][9] and married on July 31, 2010 in Miami.[10] In 2007, Cottle gave birth to a stillborn daughter named Llayah Amour.[11]

On September 1, 2010, Cottle and Harris 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 with controlled substance, thought to be ecstasy. They posted $10,000 bail.[12]

References

  1. ^ Miller, Zell (1996). They Heard Georgia Singing. Mercer University Press. p. 285. ISBN 0-865-54504-9. 
  2. ^ "T42nd Annual Grammy Award Winners". 2000-02-23. Retrieved 2007.  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
  3. ^ Boston, Ericka. "Xscape Breaks the Chains". s2smagazine.com.  Unknown parameter |coauthors= ignored (|author= suggested) (help)
  4. ^ QT Possie: Official Website
  5. ^ Ho, Rodney (2009-07-09). "Tiny & Toya interviews about BET show". ajc.com. Retrieved 2009-07-20. 
  6. ^ Bennett Kinnon, Joy (2001-06). "Toni & Keril's Dream Wedding - singer Toni Braxton weds". Ebony. Retrieved 2008-12-13.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  7. ^ Cole, Harriette (2008-02). "Who's Lovin' Who?". Ebony. pp. 75–76.  Check date values in: |date= (help);
  8. ^ Herndon, Jessica (2008-05-16). "Rapper T.I. Welcomes His Second Son". people.com. Retrieved 2008-12-12. 
  9. ^ "T.I.: Me, Myself & I". Vibe. 2007-07-23. Retrieved 2007-10-31. 
  10. ^ Ziegbe, Mawuse (2010-07-31). "T.I. And Tiny Marry In Three Cities". mtv.com.  Text "http://www.mtv.com/news/articles/1644852/20100731/t_i_.jhtml" ignored (help);
  11. ^ Byrd, Kenya N. (2009-02-06). "Tameka 'Tiny' Cottle: 'I Know My Man's Heart'". essence.com. Retrieved 2009-03-15. 
  12. ^ Allen, Duke (2010-09-02). "Police: Rapper T.I. and wife arrested on drug suspicion". cnn.com. Retrieved 2010-09-12. 

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