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July 29, 2012

tamia talks about her upcoming album ‘beautiful surprise’

Tamia - Beautiful Surprise

Soul singer and six-time Grammy nominated performer Tamia Hill began honing her stellar voice when she was still a child growing-up in Canada. From her brilliant debut single ‘You Put a Move on My Heart’, produced by Quincy Jones in 1994, to her more recent song cycle, Tamia possesses both a hypnotic charm and timeless voice. In her accomplished career, Tamia has collaborated with a diverse roster of artists including Babyface, Barry White, Missy Elliott, Rodney ‘Darkchild’ Jerkins, Gladys Knight, Eric Benet and Gerald Levert; in 2003, she recorded the #4 Billboard Hot 100 Chart hit ‘Into You’ with rapper Fabolous. With the release of her fifth studio album ‘Beautiful Surprise’, the singer aurally explores various genres of music, blending her special passion with each style and making them her own.

I spoke with Tamia about her latest single, ‘Beautiful Surprise’ and her upcoming album. She talked about the process of creating the first single with hip-hop producer Salaam Remi, “In studio with Salaam – We were talking about fun, summer [songs] and I brought up “So Into You” – a song like that – and really, the song sort of wrote itself – When it starts flowing it makes sense.” The video for ‘Beautiful Surprise’ was shot in Malibu, California and directed by Ryan Pallotta and features a cameo appearance by Tamia‘s husband, Phoenix Suns superstar Grant Hill, “It took 15 years, but he’s finally in a music video, so we had a good time together. I think we started at 5:30 in the morning and we finished at 1am, so it was a long day for him, but he was very patient.” says Tamia.

Tamia Beautiful Surprise

Recording ‘Beautiful Surprise’ in various cities including Nashville, New York, Los Angeles and Miami, the multi-talented artist also co-wrote much of the material and serves as executive producer on the project. We spoke about the many talented produces and musicians she’s worked with, “I’ve been very to fortunate to work with great produces over the years and when you start with Quincy Jones, you’re starting at the top!” Tamia told me. “I want you to be able to play my music from beginning to end. I don’t want you to skip, so I try not to never have any album cuts that are sort of fillers on the project. Every song that I put on my albums I feel are strong enough to be a single.”

‘Beautiful Surprise’ is a testament to Tamia’s love for life, music and everything in-between. Having created a wonderful collection of powerful material, Tamia’s songs speak directly to our hearts and soul as though they were our best friends. “It’s like a woman,” Tamia jokes, “It’s like a little bit of rollercoaster of emotions. I always love to do songs that make you think as well and that’s a little bit deeper and it’s sill the beautiful ballads. You know I love sing a ballad.” We talked about people she’d like to work with in future, “I feel fortunate that I have been able to work with quite a bit of people, but maybe Bruno Mars, that could be interesting.”

Pre-Order Tamia‘s upcoming album, ‘Beautiful Surprise’ on iTunes & Amazon from 31July 2012. Album in stores on 28 August 2012. Follow Tamia on Twitter for updates.

Here is a message from Tamia to her South African Fans:

July 29, 2012

mercedes-benz fashion week cape town

Mercedes Benz AFI Fashion Week Cape Town by Denzil Jacobs

Hats off to Mercedes-Benz for hosting yet another glamourous AFI Cape Town Fashion Week at the CTICC last week. It was a week of style, beauty, color and couture and I attended a few shows, including Craig Port, Gavin Rajah, David Tlale, Stefania Morland and Dax Martin.

MBFWCT Fashion Week Cape Town - Craig Port (Denzil Jacobs)

MBFWCT Fashion Week Cape Town - Gavin Rajah (Denzil Jacobs)

MBFWCT Fashion Week Cape Town - Davin Tlale (Denzil Jacobs)

MBFWCT Fashion Week Cape Town - Stefania Morland (Denzil Jacobs)

MBFWCT Fashion Week Cape Town - Dax Martin (Denzil Jacobs)