Tiara Thomas

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Tiara Thomas
Tiara Thomas Head Shot.jpg
Background information
Birth name Tiara Nicole Thomas
Born (1989-09-12) September 12, 1989 (age 27)
Indianapolis, Indiana, United States
Genres Pop, hip hop blues, folk, R&B
Occupation(s) Singer-songwriter, record producer
Instruments Vocals, guitar
Years active 2009–present
Labels Division 1, Interscope (2013 - 2015)
Associated acts Rico Love, Wale, Fabolous
Website tiarathomasmusic.com

Tiara Nicole Thomas (born September 12, 1989) is an American singer-songwriter and record producer, most notably featured on Wale's 2013 single "Bad".[1][2] As of 2013, Thomas has landed a label deal with Interscope Records, a label under the Interscope-Geffen-A&M group.[3]

Early life[edit]

Tiara Thomas, born in Indianapolis, Indiana, is a singer and self-taught guitar player. Her musical skills were encouraged by both parents early in life and she often showcased her talent in school, church, and within her community. A hardcore fan of hip hop and pop music, Thomas developed her sound early and set out to carve her own lane in music by fusing her love for pop and alternative music, ballads, and rap with instrumentation. She attended Lawrence North High School.[4]

Music career[edit]

Tiara Thomas debuted her singing career on rapper Wale's mixtape More About Nothing. The track was entitled "The Cloud". She is also featured on Wale's hit single "Bad" and co-produced it with Kelson Camp.

2009–2012: Early career[edit]

Tiara Thomas

Thomas met founders of The Board Administration Wale and Le'Greg O. Harrison in a club in Atlanta during a Wale concert in 2009.[1] After exchanging information and submitting music, she received a response and positive feedback after three months. Shortly thereafter, she traveled to New York City where she opened for Wale and shared the stage with Diggy Simmons, J. Cole and Fabolous at the Highline Ballroom.[5][6] Thomas signed to The Board Administration in 2011.[7][8][9]

She is well known for viral promotions via Twitter and YouTube and recognized for new online musical content, live performance streams, and cover performances of popular music. On August 3, 2010, the world was introduced to Tiara Thomas on "The Cloud" with Wale through his mixtape More About Nothing. Her name trended worldwide on May 30, 2011 on Twitter the day "The Cloud" video released.[10][11][12]

Tiara Thomas was selected as a 2011-2012 Campaign Spokesperson for the American Eagle Outfitters Back to School We The People Campaign.[13] Her likeness is canvassed in New York's Time Square at the American Eagle Outfitters flagship Store Location and across the continental US in all 900+ stores worldwide. Her original songs for the campaign "Denim" and "Wassup" are featured on the American Eagle Outfitters website and were circulated to the masses through their social media campaign.[14]

2013–present: Bad, Dear Sallie Mae EP and debut album[edit]

Thomas graduated from Ball State University in June 2012. She is working on her debut LP Sallie Mae, and is featured on Wale's single "Bad" (2013).[15] The latter peaked at number 21 on the Billboard Hot 100, becoming her first Hot 100 and top 40 entry. In June 2013, it was announced she had left Wale's record label The Board Administration to sign with Rico Love's Division 1 record label in a joint deal with Interscope Geffen A&M.[16]

Thomas released a five song EP titled Dear Sallie Mae on October 8, 2013.[17]

Discography[edit]

As main artist[edit]

  • Dear Sallie Mae EP (2013)
  • The Bad Influence (2014/2015) [18]
  • Up in Smoke EP (2015) [19]

As lead artist[edit]

List of singles, with selected chart positions, showing year released and album name
Title Year Peak chart positions Certifications Album
US
[20]
US
R&B

[21]
US
Rap

[22]
"One Night" 2014 TBA
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

As featured artist[edit]

List of singles, with selected chart positions, showing year released and album name
Title Year Peak chart positions Certifications Album
US
[20]
US
R&B

[21]
US
Rap

[22]
"Bad"
(Wale featuring Tiara Thomas or Rihanna)
2013 21 5 3 The Gifted
"Another Day"
(Fat Joe featuring Rick Ross, French Montana and Tiara Thomas)
2014 TBA
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Godfrey, Sarah (2011-06-06). "Tiara Thomas on collaborating with Wale and breaking out of Muncie, Indiana - @TBD Arts". TBD.com. Retrieved 2014-07-12. 
  2. ^ "Wale featuring Tiara Thomas - The Cloud". YouTube. 2011-05-25. Retrieved 2014-07-12. 
  3. ^ [1][dead link]
  4. ^ https://web.archive.org/web/20120122111950/http://soundonmars.com/2010/11/01/s-o-m-exclusive-tiara-thomas-nothing-like-the-rest/. Archived from the original on January 22, 2012. Retrieved February 7, 2012.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  5. ^ [2][dead link]
  6. ^ [3]
  7. ^ Godfrey, Sarah (2010-10-13). "The Board Administration with Fat Trel, Black Cobain, Wale, and UCB: TBD setlist - @TBD Arts". TBD.com. Retrieved 2014-07-12. 
  8. ^ "JOIN ME THIS WEEK - (10/11) The Talented 3.0 presents Tiara Thomas and Andy Suzuki and The Method". The Pink Line Project. 2011-10-10. Retrieved 2014-07-12. 
  9. ^ Shoger, Scott (2011-09-07). "Tiara Thomas: All around the world | Profiles | NUVO News | Indianapolis, IN". Nuvo.net. Retrieved 2014-07-12. 
  10. ^ [4][dead link]
  11. ^ [5]
  12. ^ [6]
  13. ^ Godfrey, Sarah (2011-06-14). "Tiara Thomas: Singer/rapper/guitarist and pitchwoman - @TBD Arts". TBD.com. Retrieved 2014-07-12. 
  14. ^ "American Eagle Outfitters :: Wassup". Ae.com. Retrieved 2014-07-12. 
  15. ^ "iTunes Store". itunes.apple.com. Retrieved 2014-07-12. 
  16. ^ Baker, Soren (2013-06-03). "Wale Collaborator Tiara Thomas Signs To Division 1/Interscope Geffen A&M | Get The Latest Hip Hop News, Rap News & Hip Hop Album Sales". HipHop DX. Retrieved 2014-07-12. 
  17. ^ "Dear Sallie Mae [Explicit]: Tiara Thomas: MP3 Downloads". Amazon.com. 2013-10-08. Retrieved 2014-07-12. 
  18. ^ "Rico Love and Tiara Thomas share thoughts on her new album, 'The Bad Influence'". Rollingout.com. 2014-07-14. Retrieved 2015-11-05. 
  19. ^ "Tiara Thomas Drops New EP Titled 'Up In Smoke'". Vibe. 2015-08-13. Retrieved 2015-11-05. 
  20. ^ a b "Wale Album & Song Chart History". Billboard Hot 100 for Wale. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved April 4, 2011. 
  21. ^ a b "Wale Album & Song Chart History". Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs for Wale. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved April 4, 2011. 
  22. ^ a b "Wale Album & Song Chart History". Billboard Rap Songs for Wale. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved April 4, 2011. 
  23. ^ "American certifications – Wale – Bad". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved May 31, 2013. 

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