Mya Marie Harrison, more popularly known by her stage name "Mya" was born on October 10, 1979 and is a Grammy Award winning American singer, songwriter and occasional television and film actress. She is best known for beautiful high pitched voice and unique Rhythm and Blues sound. She released world-wide hit albums such as Mya, Fear of Flying, Moodring, Liberation, Sugar & Spice, K.I.S.S and Smoove Jones. She started reaching the audience ever since the release of her first album and has enjoyed a long duration on top of the music charts.
May has been active in the American music industry since 1997. Her appearance was very unique to fans because she very racially ambiguous. Some wondered if she was of Indian descent or half asian and half black. Her exotic look in combination with her high pitched voice made it easy for her to gain the attention of her fan. Mya achieved one of her greatest milestones when she won a Grammy award in the category Best Pop Collaboration WIth Vocals during the 2002 awards ceremony. She got to share the award with her fellow woman singers which made the moment special for the progress of women. The song was called Lady Marmalade which was the top song of the soundtrack for the film Moulin Rouge. Some critics saw the smash hit made the movie better than it actually was. The song was actually a remake of an original disco hit that came out in 1975. The original track was performed by Labelle, a famous disco vocal group.
Mya grew up in Washington, D.C as she was raised by her middle class family. Mya’s mother worked as an accountant while her father was her influential figure with his profession being a singer and musician. Mya is the oldest of her siblings. She is older sister of her younger brothers Chaz and Daniel.
Mya’s father fostered a love for singing and dancing in Mya from an early age. The family said that Mya used to often try and imitate Michael Jackson by wearing her mother's high heeled boots and using a spoon for a pretend microphone. There was a time when Michael Jackson was beloved all across the world. No matter what country you came from, you knew at least a couple of Michael Jackson songs. One of the most impressive things about Michael Jackson is that his reach was so wide before the age of the internet. He influenced over hundreds of future musicians including Mya.
Mya started doing ballet when she was only two years old. She started doing jazz and tap dancing when she was only four years old. Mya kept on dancing and started her early career as a teenage dancing sensation. She got an amazing opportunity to study tap dancing with one of the greatest tap dancers in the country, Savion Glover. She was doing so well with her dancing, she was invited to perform a solo dance number at the Kennedy Center.
Dancing not only brought Mya fame, it gave her the internal confidence to deal with social pressures. Her peers would always make her feel like bad by making fun of her mixed ethnic background, braces, and kinky bushy hair. Later on life, she would give back to kids like her. She was appointed as the spokeswoman for the Secret to Self-Esteem program and she used her position to inspire children for two years.
|Birth Date:||10 Oct, 1979|
|Citizenship:||United States of America|
|Birth Place:||Washington, D.C.|
|Education:||Eleanor Roosevelt High School
University of Maryland
|Description:||American R&B recording artist|