Tamia

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Tamia Hill is a veteran R&B performer who broke into the music industry under the name 'Tamia' after singing on the track "You Put a Move on My Heart" by legendary producer and musician Quincy Jones in 1994. Born in Windsor, Ontario, Tamia had aspirations of escaping her low-income upbringing and becoming a vocal coach in Los Angeles. The spotlight that was thrust upon her after her work with Jones put her on a different path however, and after a Grammy nomination for the collaborative track "Missing You" that same year, Tamia was about to parlay the buzz surrounding her singing into two more Grammy nominations over the next 4 years, culminating in the release of her debut album Tamia in 1998.

Two strong singles emerged from the album, "Imagination" and "So Into You", with the latter cracking the Top 10 Billboard R&B singles chart. A fourth Grammy nomination accompanied her first number one track in 1999, the Eric Benet duet "Spend My Life With You." In 2000 Tamia scored her biggest hit with the track "Stranger in My House" which spent 10 weeks at number one on the Billboard Hot Dance chart. In the wake of the success of her album A Nu Day, Tamia decided to take a leave of absence from the business and spend more time with her husband Grant Hill and young daughter, Myla.

After a four year hiatus her third album on Atlantic Records was released in 2004, and Tamia once again rode a wave of popularity cresting with the track "Into You", which was a collaboration with rapper Fabolous. Sadly, personal problems made it difficult for her to enjoy her achievements. After going public regarding her battle with multiple sclerosis in 2005, Tamia made the break with her record company and decided to explore more personal music and write from her heart. Returning to the studio with Shep Crawford, who had produced "Stranger In My House", Tamia was determined to re-capture lightning in a bottle. "(We) always said that if we ever had time and wanted to have fun, we'd just go into studio and make the music that we wanted to make. We both loved the creative process and creating songs," she said in a 2005 interview.

The result was Between Friends, Tamia's most mature effort to date. The independent record boasts a less commercial sound than her previous party-oriented tracks, but singles like "Can't Get Enough" and "Almost" have been garnering respectable amounts of attention with fans and industry insiders alike.

From Lastfm:

Tamia Washington-Hill (born May 9, 1975 in Windsor, Ontario) is a Canadian R&B singer. She is noted for her spinto mezzo-soprano, a rangy three octaves, capable of both dark contralto depths and angelic soprano highs. Tamia has released three albums since her discovery by Quincy Jones in 1995, at the age of nineteen: 1998's Tamia, 2000's A Nu Day, and 2004's More. All achieved moderate success on R&B charts and urban radio, but failed to achieve mainstream success. Tamia has since split from her label and has released a new album, Between Friends independently.

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Tamia Hill (born Tamia Marilyn Washington on May 9, 1975), professionally known as Tamia, is a six-time Grammy Award-nominated Canadian-American recording artist, and record producer.

She is best known for her 2000 hit "Stranger In My House" and Fabolous' 2003 song "Into You", sampling her 1998 song "So Into You", from her debut album. Tamia is married to NBA player Grant Hill of the Phoenix Suns. They have two daughters Myla Grace and Lael Rose.

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