Mýa Biography

Actress, Reality Television Star, Dancer, Singer(1979–)
Mýa is a Grammy-winning recording artist, dancer and actress known for hits like "It's All About Me," "Case of the Ex (Whatcha Gonna Do)" and "Lady Marmalade."

Synopsis

Born on October 10, 1979, in the Washington, D.C., area, singer and dancer Mýa made her recording debut in 1998 with her self-titled album, featuring the singles "It's All About Me" and "Movin' On." Other hits have followed, including the No. 1 remake of "Lady Marmalade," with the singer also pursuing a screen career with projects like Chicago, Shall We Dance? and Dancing with the Stars.

Background

Born on October 10, 1979, in the Washington, D.C., area to a musical family, Mýa Marie Harrison studied dance during childhood. She was taught by tapper and choreographer Savion Glover at the Dance Theater of Harlem and was then featured in a special Kennedy Center solo performance. With her musician father Sherman realizing that Mýa could sing as well, he shopped around her demo and helped her get a record deal with Interscope Records.

Platinum Debut and Hit Songs

In 1998, Mýa released her self-titled debut album, which earned platinum sales and featured lead single "It's All About Me," with Sisqo from R&B group Dru Hill. Her first track reached the No. 2 spot on the R&B charts, and she had another Top 5 single with "Movin' On." Both music videos for the songs featured her dancing skills, which would figure prominently in future clips as well.

Mýa turned to movie work singing the highly memorable chorus to the Grammy-nominated "Ghetto Supastar (That Is What You Are)," featuring rappers Pras and Ol' Dirty Bastard and appearing on the Bulworth soundtrack. After contributing to other soundtracks like The Rugrats Movie and Life, Mya released 2000's Fear of Flying. The album went platinum as well and featured the No. 2 pop hit "Case of the Ex (Whatcha Gonna Do)," highlighted by a memorable group staff dance for the accompanying video.

In 2001, as part of the music for film Moulin Rouge,Mýa—along with Pink, Christina Aquilera, Lil' Kim and producer Missy Elliott—remade "Lady Marmalade," originally made famous by the group LaBelle, with Patti Labelle. The "Marmalade" remake won a Grammy and went to the top of the charts.

Stars in 'Chicago'

After having a small part in 1999's In Too Deep, Mýa again appeared on the big screen, this time in 2002's Oscar-winning Chicago with a role as Mona--a scorned, jailed woman who dances and sings as part of the "Cell Block Tango." Other film projects followed over the years, including Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights (2004), Cursed (2005) and The Penthouse (2009).

In 2003, Mýa released her third album, Moodring, which featured the Top 20 single "My Love Is Like ... Wo," another ditty penned and produced by Elliott.

Albums in Japan

After facing label turmoil, Mýa was supposed to put forth Liberation on Motown in 2007, but the album got leaked in Japan, with audiences there clamoring for additional songs. She opted to set up her own indie label and release Sugar and Spice in Japan in late 2008.

Domestically, 2009 saw the release of the mixed tapes Best of Both Worlds and Beauty in the Streets, and in 2011 she offered up the album K.I.S.S. (Keep It Sexy & Simple).

Mýa has also done a variety of television work over the course of her career, including a stint on the ninth season of Dancing with the Stars, where she was one of the show's three finalists.

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