Mya

Real Name:
Mýa Marie Harrison
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Mya (born October 10, 1979, Washington, D.C., USA) is an American Grammy award winning singer, actress and dancer. She is named after acclaimed poet Maya Angelou. Her father Sherman is an African American while her mother Theresa is Italian. Mya had been interested in singing and dancing as a child and began taking jazz, ballet and tap dancing classes from a very early age. During her teenage, her primary interest was in dancing, and she joined a dance troupe called T.W.A. (Tappers With Attitude) in 1992 at the age of 13. She studied under Savion Glover of Dance Theater of Harlem who also chose her for a solo dance performance at the Kennedy Center.

Mya recalls facing peer pressure due to her mixed ethnicity but she rose above it and focused on her career in dance and later music. She became a dancer for Black Entertainment Television’s music videos from 1996 to 1998 and also became a teacher of children’s jazz and hip-hop dance classes in Camp Springs. Around this time, she also began to develop her musical abilities and her father helped her to record a demo, which he took to producers and record companies. He finally landed her a deal with Interscope Records and spent two years recording her debut album, also titled “Mya”. The album featured collaborations with big industry names such as Missy Elliott, Dru Hill, Babyface, Diane Warren and Silkk The Shocker and was a huge hit with tracks like “It’s All About Me”, “Movin’ On”, and “My First Night with You”. It was eventually certified platinum and peaked at No. 29 on the Billboard 200.

Her second album, titled “Fear of Flying”, was released in April 2000. It was also successful, and featured the hit song “Case of the Ex”. This won Mya a Soul Train Music Award nomination for R&B/Soul Album – Female and a UK MOBO nomination for Best Album, selling over 1 million copies in the U.S. and certified platinum by the RIAA. In 2001, she sang two of her biggest hits, both on the soundtracks of successful films. The first was for Walt Disney’s “Atlantis: The Lost Empire” and the next was for Baz Luhrmann’s musical film “Moulin Rouge!” in which she collaborated with Christina Aguilera, Lil' Kim, and P!NK on the remake of the song “Lady Marmalade”. This song reached No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart for 5 weeks and the four artists performed at the 2001 MTV Movie Awards. They performed again at the 44th Grammy Awards and won a Grammy Award for Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals.

Mya has acted in the Oscar winning musical film Chicago in the song “Cell Block Tango” as well as other films including “In Too Deep”, “Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights”, “Cursed” and “The Penthouse”. She also released two albums exclusively in Japan, titled “Beauty & the Streets” and “K.I.S.S. (Keep It Sexy & Simple)” although she released versions of the albums in the U.S. later. In 2009, Mya participated in season 9 of the reality TV show “Dancing with the Stars” as a dance contestant. She was one of the most popular contestants and finished as a runner up.

Mya is an active philanthropist and is the spokesperson for Secret to Self Esteem. She also founded TMATF, that is, The Mya Arts & Tech Foundation, which is a nonprofit that provides youth from disadvantaged backgrounds with opportunity for a better arts and technology education. She also supports LGBT causes, AIDS and earthquake victims.
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Albums

*CINTD 90166, CINTD 90166, INTSD-90166 Mya — Mya Mýa* Mya (Album) Interscope Records *CINTD 90166, CINTD 90166, INTSD-90166 Canada 1998 Sell This Version
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490 898-2 Fear Of Flying — Mya Mýa* Fear Of Flying (Album) University Music Entertainment, Interscope Records 490 898-2 UK & Europe 2000 Sell This Version
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0602498613405 Moodring — Mya Mýa* Moodring (Album) Interscope Records, A&M Records 0602498613405 Turkey 2003 Sell This Version
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none Liberation — Mya Mýa* Liberation (Album) Universal Motown none Japan 2007 Sell This Version
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LEXCD08005 Sugar & Spice — Mya Mȳa* Sugar & Spice (Album) Manhattan Records (4), Manhattan Recordings, Lexington LEXCD08005 Japan 2008 Sell This Version
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044003755222 Beauty & The Streets: Mixtape Vol. 1 — Mya Mȳa* Beauty & The Streets: Mixtape Vol. 1(CD, Mixtape) Young Empire Records 044003755222 US 2009 Sell This Version
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LEXCD11002 K.I.S.S. Keep It Sexy & Simple — Mya Mýa* K.I.S.S. Keep It Sexy & Simple (Album) Manhattan Records (4), Manhattan Recordings, Lexington LEXCD11002 Japan 2011 Sell This Version
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none Smoove Jones — Mya Mýa* Smoove Jones (Album) Planet 9 none US 2016 Sell This Version
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none T.K.O. (The Knock Out) — Mya Mýa* T.K.O. (The Knock Out) (Album) Planet 9, MGM (6) none US 2018 Sell This Version
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AMRR-10964 Moodring (Album Sampler) — Mya Mya Moodring (Album Sampler)(12", Album, Smplr) A&M Records AMRR-10964 US Unknown Sell This Version
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Singles & EPs

INT5P-6302 It's All About Me — Mya Mya It's All About Me (Single, Maxi) Interscope Records, University Music Entertainment INT5P-6302 US 1998 Sell This Version
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INC 95620 Take Me There — Mya Blackstreet & Mya Featuring Ma$e* & Blinky Blink Blackstreet & Mya Featuring Ma$e* & Blinky Blink - Take Me There (Single) Interscope Records INC 95620 UK 1998 Sell This Version
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BULWORTHPROMO 1.98 Ghetto Supastar (That Is What You Are) — Mya Pras Michel Featuring Ol'Dirty Bastard* And Introducing Mya Pras Michel Featuring Ol'Dirty Bastard* And Introducing Mya - Ghetto Supastar (That Is What You Are) (Maxi, Single) Interscope Records BULWORTHPROMO 1.98 Europe 1998 Sell This Version
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DPRO 81160, 08724-81160-21 Somebody Like Me — Mya Silkk The Shocker Featuring Mya Silkk The Shocker Featuring Mya - Somebody Like Me (Single) No Limit Records, Priority Records DPRO 81160, 08724-81160-21 US 1999 Sell This Version
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DEF 512-1 Foxy Brown Featuring Mya Foxy Brown Featuring Mya - JOB (Single) Def Jam Recordings DEF 512-1 US 1999 Sell This Version
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INTS7-97088 My First Night With You — Mya Mýa* My First Night With You (Maxi, Single) Interscope Records INTS7-97088 US 1998 Sell This Version
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INT12-95032 Movin' On — Mya Mýa* Movin' On (Single) Interscope Records, University Music Entertainment INT12-95032 US 1998 Sell This Version
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none 4 Shure (Remix) — Mya Groove Theory Featuring Mya & Jagged Edge (2) Groove Theory Featuring Mya & Jagged Edge (2) - 4 Shure (Remix)(CDr, Single, Promo) Columbia none US 2000 Sell This Version
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VUSTDJ 173 Girls Dem Sugar — Mya Beenie Man Featuring Mya Beenie Man Featuring Mya - Girls Dem Sugar (Maxi, Single) Virgin VUSTDJ 173 Europe 2000 Sell This Version
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INTR-10095-1 Best Of Me — Mya Mýa* Featuring Jay-Z Mýa* Featuring Jay-Z - Best Of Me (Maxi, Single) Interscope Records, University Music Entertainment INTR-10095-1 US 2000 Sell This Version
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069497457-2 Case Of The Ex — Mya Mýa* Case Of The Ex (Maxi, Single) Interscope Records 069497457-2 US 2000 Sell This Version
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VUSTDJX 173 Girls Dem Sugar — Mya Beenie Man Featuring Mya Beenie Man Featuring Mya - Girls Dem Sugar (Single) Virgin VUSTDJX 173 Europe 2000 Sell This Version
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03MS39700 Where The Dream Takes You — Mya Mya Where The Dream Takes You (Single) Walt Disney Records 03MS39700 US 2001 Sell This Version
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497 560-4 Lady Marmalade — Mya Christina Aguilera, Lil' Kim, Mya And P!NK Christina Aguilera, Lil' Kim, Mya And P!NK - Lady Marmalade (Single, Maxi) Interscope Records, Fox Music 497 560-4 UK 2001 Sell This Version
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9362 44991-0, WE 231 Free — Mya Mýa* Free (Single, Maxi) Ruffnation Records 9362 44991-0, WE 231 Europe 2000 Sell This Version