Tamia (album)

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Studio album by Tamia
Released April 14, 1998 (1998-04-14)
Recorded 1997–1998
Length 60:57
Tamia chronology
A Nu Day
Singles from Tamia
  1. "Imagination"
    Released: February 8, 1998
  2. "So into You"
    Released: June 23, 1998
  3. "Loving You Still"
    Released: March 2, 1999

Tamia is the self-titled debut studio album by Canadian recording artist Tamia. It was released on April 14, 1998 on Quincy Jones's Qwest Records, while distribution was handled through Warner Bros. Recorded after the release of her Grammy Award-nominated collaborations with Jones and the single "Missing You", her contribution to the soundtrack of the 1996 motion picture Set It Off, Tamia worked with a plethora of producers on her debut, including Jermaine Dupri, Tim & Bob, Mario Winans, J-Dub, Keith Crouch, and Christopher "Tricky" Stewart, many of which would become frequent producers on subsequent projects.

Upon its release, Tamia received a mixed to positive reception by critics, who complimented Tamia's vocal performance and the progression from her earlier recordings but found the material uneven. It debuted and peaked at number sixty-seven on the Billboard 200 chart and entered the top twenty of the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart. Five singles were released from the album. "Imagination" was chosen as the album's lead single, reaching the top 20 in Canada and top forty in both the United States and New Zealand. The album's second single, "So into You" was well-received and charted even higher. A remake of "Careless Whisper" was released as the album's fourth single in Japan. A critical success, Tamia garnered the singer two Juno Award nominations for Best New Solo Artist and R&B/Soul Recording of the Year at the 1999 award ceremony.


After dominating local talent competitions through her teenage years, in 1994, Windsor native Tamia performed at a multiple sclerosis benefit in Aspen, Colorado when she met music manager, Lionel Richie's ex-wife Brenda Richie, who was cosponsoring the event and introduced herself to Tamia after the show.[1] A few months later, Tamia, who was being courted by Warner Bros. Records at the time, called Richie to say that she was coming to Los Angeles for a photo session, resulting in her lasting stay and a management deal with Richie.[1] Weeks later, Richie arranged for her to perform at a star-studded party that she held for singer Luther Vandross.[1] Her performance reportedly impressed all in attendance, including veteran producer Quincy Jones, who later offered her the chance to appear on his album Q's Jook Joint (1995).[1]

Overwhelmed by his offer, Tamia recorded vocals for "You Put a Move on My Heart", which Jones later selected as the album's first single.[2] A moderate commercial success, the collaboration earned acclaim from critics; it was later nominated for a Grammy Award along with their second collaboration "Slow Jams" and "Missing You", a song she recorded with Brandy, Gladys Knight, and Chaka Khan for the soundtrack of the 1996 motion picture Set It Off.[3] All three track reached the top twenty on Billboard's Hot R&B Singles chart and gained Tamia additional recognition with nominations from the Soul Train Music Awards and the NAACP Image Awards.[2] Following this, Jones signed her his label Qwest Records, a joint venture with Warner Bros., and enlisted the services of several producers to work on her debut self-titled album.[2] Recording was reportedly intermitted when Tamia filmed the role of Sheri Silver in Speed 2: Cruise Control, playing the part of a featured vocalist at the dinner theatre aboard the luxury cruise ship.[2]

Release and reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[4]
Billboard (positive)[5]
Vibe (positive)[6]

Tamia earned generally mixed to positive reviews from critics. Leo Stanley of Allmusic remarked that the album "is an appealingly stylish collection of contemporary urban soul", while also stating that "it suffers from some uneven material." He rated the album three out of five stars.[4] Cherie Saunders from Vibe found that "the disc is a deliberate attempt – and successful one – to free Tamia from the steely adult-contemporary cage". Impressed with the up-tempo songs on the album, she however found that Tamia's "strength clearly lies with ballads", concluding that "despite some inconsistency, Tamia's shining vocal skills prove that she won't get pushed around by anyone on today's music playground".[6] In his review for Billboard, Paul Verna wrote that Tamia "excels at ballad and midtempo tracks such as "So into You", "Falling for You", and "Rain on Me". He was less impressed with lead single "Imagination", which he criticized for Jermaine Dupri's unsuitable guest rap and a lack of "vocal punch".[5]

Upon its release, Tamia debuted and peaked at sixty-seven on the US Billboard 200 and reached the eighteenth spot on Billboard's Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart.[7] The album was certified gold in Japan in June 1998 for 100,000 copies shipped to stores.[8] In total, Tamia sold 416,000 copies in the United States.[9] It finished sixty-second on Billboard's Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums year-end chart in 1998.[10]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
1. "Imagination" (featuring Jermaine Dupri) Jermaine Dupri, Berry Gordy, Alphonzo Mizell, Freddie Perren, Deke Richards, Manuel Seal Jermaine Dupri, Manuel Seal 3:33
2. "So Into You" Tim Kelley, Ronald LaPread, Lionel Richie, Bob Robinson, Tamia Washington Tim & Bob 4:21
3. "Never Gonna Let You Go" Kenny Hickson, Arthur Hoyle, Mario Winans Mario Winans 4:01
4. "Falling for You" Cheryl Lynn, Maurice White   5:11
5. "Show Me Love" Paige Lackey J-Dub 4:06
6. "Rain on Me" Kenny Hickson, Tamia Washington, Mario Winans Mario Winans 4:22
7. "Is That You?" (featuring Jermaine Dupri) Jermaine Durpi, Manuel Seal Jermaine Durpi, Manuel Seal 3:22
8. "Who Do You Tell?" Mark Coleman, Sherree Ford-Payne, Marc Nelson Daryl Simmons 4:20
9. "Gotta Move On" Keith Crouch, John Jubu Smith, Tamia Washington Keith Crouch 5:08
10. "This Time It's Love" Sean "Sep" Hall, Christopher Stewart, Tamia Washington Tricky Stewart 5:52
11. "Loving You Still" Daryl Simmons Daryl Simmons 5:09
12. "Careless Whisper" George Michael, Andrew Ridgeley Samuel J. Sapp, Tim Shider 5:12
13. "You Put a Move on My Heart" Rod Temperton Quincy Jones 6:12
Notes and sample credits


Performance credits


Technical and production



  1. ^ a b c d "Canadian-born Bombshell". Vibe. Google Books. 1998-06-01. Retrieved June 28, 2015. 
  2. ^ a b c d "Quincy Jones Introduces Singer Tamia On New Album". Jet. Google Books. 1995-11-13. Retrieved June 28, 2015. 
  3. ^ "The Complete List of Nominees". Los Angeles Times. 1998-01-08. Retrieved 2015-06-28. 
  4. ^ a b Stanley, Leo. "allmusic ((( Tamia > Review )))". Allmusic. Retrieved 2011-02-24. 
  5. ^ a b Verna, Paul (1998-05-16). "Reviews & Previews". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved 2011-02-24. 
  6. ^ a b Saunders, Cherie (1998-04-01). "Reviews". Vibe. Retrieved 2015-06-24. 
  7. ^ "allmusic ((( Tamia > Charts & Awards > Billboard Albums )))". Allmusic. Retrieved 2011-02-24. 
  8. ^ "GOLD ALBUM 他認定作品 1998年6月度" [Gold Albums, and other certified works. June 1998 Edition] (PDF). The Record (Bulletin) (in Japanese). Chūō, Tokyo: Recording Industry Association of Japan. 465: 9. August 10, 1998. Archived from the original (PDF) on January 25, 2014. Retrieved January 25, 2014. 
  9. ^ Caulfield, Keith (2003-10-29). "Ask Billboard". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved 2015-05-21. 
  10. ^ a b "R&B/Hip-Hop Albums: Year End 1998". Billboard. Retrieved 2015-06-15. 
  11. ^ "Tamia – Chart history" Billboard 200 for Tamia. Retrieved May 17, 2015.
  12. ^ "Tamia – Chart history" Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums for Tamia. Retrieved May 17, 2015.

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