After a six-year hiatus, Tamia is back with her fifth studio album Beautiful Surprise, which is in stores now.
Her new album is described as a testament to Tamia’s love for life, music and everything in between.
The four-time Grammy-nominated R&B singer burst onto the music scene in 1994, at the age of 19, with her soulful debut single, “You Put A Move On My Heart.” Since then, she has released several chart-topping R&B anthems including “Stranger In My House, “Into You,” “Me,” and “Officially Missing You.”
Aside from being an accomplished recording artist, Tamia is also a wife, mother, CEO and advocate for Multiple Sclerosis, which she was diagnosed with in 2003.
During an interview with theGrio’s Chris Witherspoon, Tamia revealed what she believes is the key to her successful career, spanning 15 years.
She also talked about being a real-life basketball wife and gave her take on VH1′s reality show Basketball Wives. “I’ve never been so defined as a basketball wife in the last two years. Talk about putting someone in a box,” Tamia said.
“I am a basketball wife, but I think what we see, the perception is that we are sort of shallow and shopping and fussing and things like that. There’s also things that happen like guys get traded, and kids have friends in that particular city and within the next day they have to be in the next city. It can be complicated and there are certain aspects of it that I wish were shown a little bit more. It isn’t all about shopping and shallow.”
Tamia was gracious enough to deliver an impromptu performance of her latest single, “Beautiful Surprise.”
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