EXCLUSIVE: TAMIA TALKS NEW ALBUM ‘LOVE LIFE,’ UPCOMING TOUR, FITNESS, HOW TO MAKE LOVE LAST
Tamia. When speaking of her, the words musical perfection come to our mind, but for you, longevity, OG of R&B, and gracious beauty might be accurate substitutions.
While the gorgeous songstress made her appearance on the scene almost two decades ago with her hit-single, “You Put A Move On My Heart,” that hasn’t stopped the now 40-year-old singer from keeping her relevancy in tact. Delivering her self-titled debut album in 1998 and its follow-up A Nu Day in 2000, the mother and wife of legendary basketball player Grant Hill took over the hearts of many with her sultry and breathtaking voice.
Now on her sixth album, Tamia is back like never before and the appreciation is larger than life. Signed to Def Jam Records, Love Life offers up her first album on a major label since 2004’s More. Hosting some hot and steamy new singles such as “Stuck With Me” and “Lipstick,” the new album hits stores today and we couldn’t be more excited about its arrival.
Taking some time out of her busy schedule last week to chat with us about its inception, Tamia let me in on a few details revolving around Love Life, her upcoming tour, how to make love last, and her thoughts on the current state of R&B.
Check out the exclusive interview below!
First, I want to thank you so much for coming back out. We have definitely been missing you.
Aw, thank you!
How was your segment on The Chew today?
Oh, it was fun! We learned how to grill. It was fun – it was easy. You know you go on a show, they teach you how to cook, and you get to eat it. So, that’s pretty good (laughs). It was an easy one today.
So, the first question I want to ask is how has the whole transition been for you being on a major label, going independent, and now being back on a major label?
You know, it’s been pretty seamless. One of the reasons why I was excited to work with Def Jam is because they were excited to work with me. So, I think mutually, we’re all on the same page and it’s been great, really. I have no complaints.
I know that you’ve worked a lot with Claude Kelly and Chuck Harmony on the album and you’ve worked with The-Dream and Tricky too. I also know that you’ve had a lot of success with Claude and Chuck in the past – what are some differences and similarities you’ve had with working with both of them?
You know, the difference is all three of us are on the same page as far as music and musically and we have this great creative chemistry that happens when we get in the studio together. I think that’s reflective of the music that you hear from us. It’s a lot like just hanging with friends so – you know, we all love music – when you get to spend time with people you enjoy spending time with and then creatively you guys feel that you are linked, it feels a lot more fun and less like work. We have conversations about the music business and music and what we like and what we don’t like. And in the midst of all of that, we create great music.
I’ve been listening to the album since it went out on iTunes First Play, and I’m absolutely in love with it. I think it’s a very good body of work and I’m thankful for it. A lot of people have come out of hiatus including Jazmine Sullivan, Melanie Fiona, and now the news of Janet announcing she’s dropping something. So, tell me a little about the process behind the creation and, if you could, tell me what your favorite song from the album would be and why?
Oh man, that’s a difficult one because you like certain songs for certain reasons and also, it depends on where I am that day and what mood I’m in. I’m drawn towards certain songs so, that would be hard. Which is what I want. When I set out to do a project, I ask myself, ‘Is this something you would want to sing forever?’ You know? I’ve been fortunate because when I go to do shows, a lot of times the most popular songs of mine are the songs that weren’t singles. They’re songs that people listen to on the album and they enjoyed the entire body of work – like you said. So, I try to make sure that I put songs on the album that I love from top to bottom. So, I guess it would depend on what kind of mood I’m in. If I were in a slow mood – sultry – maybe “Chaise Lounge.” If I wanna have a good time and hang out in a lounge, maybe I’d listen to “Sandwich And A Soda.” Or, if I were singing at someone’s wedding or renewing my vows, it would be “Day One.” I think music is all dependent upon what mood you’re in.
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