(born Tamia Marilyn Washington
on May 9, 1975), professionally known as Tamia
, is a four-time Grammy
-nominated Canadian R&B and soul singer, songwriter, record producer, composer, model, entrepreneur and philanthropist
, as well as an occasional actress.
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.
Born as Tamia Marilyn Washington
in Windsor, Ontario
, she grew up in the inner city, not far from the Detroit border, with her mother and three younger brothers Tiras, Tajhee, and Trajan.
Aside from the music she heard and sang at church, Tamia was exposed to diverse music from an early age by her mother, Barbara. Singing was always her passion. As early as age 6, she was onstage singing gospel at the local church and by age 12 had already been involved in several musicals which continued to help her hone her musical skills. Tamia studied piano and voice with renowned Windsor musician, Eugene Davis, who was also instrumental in encouraging her to pursue her vocal passion. It was not long before the gifted young singer began receiving recognition for her talent. Her mother and Godmother decided that the arts program at Walkerville Collegiate Institute in Windsor would best suit Tamia's musical talent.... Read More