It’s only been four days since Tamia released her fifth studio album, “Beautiful Surprise” and she’s
already on the promotional trail blessing fans with her magnetic voice and graceful presence. The R&B
songstress vocally caressed an audience of about 200 Wednesday night with “Conversations with Tamia”
presented by WAMJ 107.5 at Taboo 2 Bistro & Bar in Atlanta.
With this new project, she discussed candidly her writing process with co-executive producer and
two-time Grammy nominated Claude Kelly. “There was a great chemistry between the two of us,
which made going into the studio a pleasure,” Tamia said.
The 11-track LP is simply amazing. From start to finish, there’s not a moment of boredom – just
pure perfection. As soon as the freckled-faced splendor wrapped up her on-air interview, she
freshened up and returned to bless us with a superb performance.
The talented vocalist opened up her set with the lead single off of her new album “Beautiful
Surprise.” Her voice fluidly filled the room as attendees participated with supporting claps, snaps
and anything they could do to celebrate the magnificent performance.
Then she wowed the crowed when she took it back to her beloved balled, “Missing You.” Swarms
of cameras and iPhones filled the air to record the classic record.
Lastly, Tamia performed, “Lose My Mind,” which is the first track on the new project. Its summer-
filled melody had fans swaying from the side to side. It left the room in good spirits and she said
Shortly after her performance, SFPL sat down with Tamia and asked her four questions we
had to know the answers to:
SFPL: Your voice is still as flawless as it was when you first recorded “You Put A Move On My
Heart.” What techniques do you use to keep your voice in tack?
Tamia: “Well there are certain things I don’t do. I don’t smoke at all. I try to avoid alcohol as much
as possible. And sleep. If you’re tired that’s the first thing people hear. I try to stay cognitive. Do
I have a show today? If so, I try not to talk as much. It’s a pain in the butt! It’s almost like a relay
and you have to pace yourself.”
SFPL: “Lose My Mind” seems to be a fan favorite. Tell us about the writing process.
Tamia: “I actually went to Miami to record with The Runners. They gave Claude and I this song
and we started writing. It’s a feel good song. Immediately we knew we could work with this one. It
was no brainer.”
SFPL: Tell us about remaking Wynona Judd’s break up anthem, “Is It Over Yet.”
Tamia: “I love to sing about drama. I love a song about heartache and that you can picture what’s
going on in your mind while you’re listening to it. I’ve always loved that song and always wanted
to remake it.”
SFPL: You’re an example of the essence of R&B. What have you done along the way to keep
your point of relevancy?
Tamia: “I think you have to stay true to yourself. At the end of the day, I ask myself ‘Can you sing
this for the rest of your life and are you proud of it?’ That’s really it. I don’t think anyone has a
formula. I’ve been in this business long enough that I’ve seen people change their style because
of another artists and that artist isn’t around anymore. So who really knows? At the end of the
day you have to be true to yourself and true to what comes naturally to you and that just comes
naturally to me.”
[Words & Interview Via Fly Guy Josh]