Getting her start as a teenager singing for musical legend Quincy Jones , Tamia has established herself as a formidable musical force on her own. With three albums to her credit, the singer seemed set to carve herself a lasting place in the music industry. Tamia's hometown of Windsor is a small factory town in western Ontario. Its population is also very ethnically diverse. Tamia, who has an African American mother and a white father, told Mic Check that she "had the best of both worlds," and added "that she's related to most of the black people in Windsor….
My family comes in all shades from really light to very dark. She enjoys a wide range of music, especially ballads. She told Teen, "I don't care about labels-country music, rock music , it's the way it makes me feel that counts. Tamia also possesses a great deal of creativity. She told Mark Scheerer of CNN, "I used to staple two paper plates together and put rice in them to make a tambourine….
John Vacratsis, director of the arts program at Walkerville Collegiate Institute in Windsor, recruited Tamia to the school when she was in eighth grade. Vacratsis had seen her perform in community musicals, such as The Little Shop of Horrors, and was blown away. Became a Star The early presence of music in her life helped to plant the seeds that would sprout into superstardom.
Many young people dream of meeting a big music executive, impressing them with a song, then skyrocketing to fame. In Tamia's case, her dream came true when she sang at a birthday party for Luther Vandross in that was hosted by her manager, Brenda Ritchie.
One of the guests, music legend Quincy Jones , took note of Tamia and was moved by the passion in Tamia's voice when he saw her perform. Jones contacted Ritchie, and offered Tamia the opportunity of a lifetime. Tamia remarked in Essence, "Can you imagine being 18 years old in the vocal booth with Quincy Jones waiting for you to sing his song?
He made me feel that he was excited to work with me as I was to work with him. Songwriter extraordinaire, Babyface, then asked her to perform a duet with him, which would also be featured on Jones' album. All of these hits were released before her debut album, Tamia, hit the stores in She is treated as a peer by other recording stars. I think you just kind of put them on a higher level, and when you meet them, you realize they're just like you … It's all still kind of weird to me to have people acknowledge me as a peer," Tamia stated in Ebony Man.
Tamia is grateful to those who have helped her to stardom, including Quincy Jones. She told Ebony Man, "he [Jones] introduced me to the world … I felt very honored to have him take time out of his busy schedule.
He's one of the most humble people you'll ever meet, and he has everything going for him. Being nominated for three Grammy awards before the release of her debut album has increased the pressure on Tamia. As she remarked to The Atlanta Journal and Constitution, "That's when having Quincy Jones introduce you to the music world is not such a great thing … because people tend to listen to you harder—and judge harder.
As she told Ebony Man, "I thought that you just got up on the microphone and sang. There's a lot that goes into getting that person onstage, contract negotiations, and then there's the technical work. I'd record a lot of songs, write a few, then throw them all away and start again!
Finally I had to let go and let God in on the process. Tamia told Ebony Man, "I really believe that it's not about your voice. It's the anointing that God puts on your voice that separates you. Immediately, you just know upon listening to her that she is going places. Singer and actress, —. Tamia's career took off. In addition to her career as a recording artist, she appeared as a model in Tommy Hilfiger ads and made her acting debut in the film Speed II: Following the release of her debut album, Tamia signed a recording contract with Elektra Records.
In , Tamia released her second album, A Nu Day. The tracks included a number of songs Tamia co-wrote with her producers. Ebony called the song "the pinnacle of the recording. He added, "she was always kind of a little devilish; always smiling, full of energy … and other than the fact that she drives a much bigger car now, it's like talking to the same old Tamia.
When I go home to Windsor, my mom is like, 'Clean your room, and don't forget to do the dirty dishes! On July 24, , after a three-year courtship, Tamia married Hill. Tamia first met her future husband in Detroit when she served as a judge at a singing contest. Hill told Jet, "I just found somebody that I'm real compatible with. When we first started seeing each other that first two or three months, I kind of knew that this was the one. I've dated a few people but never really had that chemistry.
But when I first met my fiancee it was like we'd known each other for a long time. So I'm ready to settle down. It's a sign of maturity. That's what I find romantic. Dealt with Life's Blows While working on her third album in the early s, Tamia noticed that her body did not have the energy it once did. Her legs felt numb and she tired easily. She slowed down her work schedule to figure out what was wrong. A number of visits to the doctor and tests revealed that she suffered from multiple sclerosis , a disabling disease of the brain and central nervous system.
She described the shock of the onset of MS for her in an interview with Extra "I mean literally, I went from being physically active to not being able to get out of bed," Tamia recalled.
Diagnosed in , Tamia kept the news private for two years, taking the necessary time to let the reality of the news sink in. I just didn't want to tell anyone because I didn't have a lot of information on it. Tamia resumed her musical career, releasing her third album, More, in and joining in on the soundtrack for Tyler Perry 's hit Diary of a Mad Black Woman in With Fabolous "Into You," Albums A Nu Day, Elektra,