'Mya Marie Harrison' (born October 10, 1979 in Washington, D.C.) is an American R&B singer, dancer, and actress who debuted in early 1998 as a teenager. The daughter of an African-American father and Italian-American mother, she is usually credited simply as 'Mya'. However, she has also been credited as 'Mya Harrison' for acting roles.
Growing up in the Baltimore/D.C. area, Mya studied both singing and dancing as a child, at one point taking lessons in New York City from Savion Glover. As a teenager, she appeared as a panelist on BET's Teen Summit talk show.
In 1997, Mya signed a recording contract with Haqq Islam's University Records, after being brought to the label by her friends in the R&B group Dru Hill. The four members of the group, Tamir "Nokio" Ruffin, Mark "Sisqó" Andrews, Larry "Jazz" Anthony', and James "Woody" Green, wrote and produced half of Mya's eponymous debut album. The first two singles, "It's All About Me" and "Movin' On," were co-written by Sisqó; the former song also featured Sisqó on guest vocals, while the latter featured rapper Silkk Tha Shocker. The third single, the love ballad "My First Night With You", was written by Diane Warren. Although the singles all had substantial airplay on urban and rhythmic radio, they all also failed to cross over onto pop radio. Nevertheless, the videos for all three songs were MTV staples through 1998.
Besides her own work, Mya was a featured artist (she sang the chorus), with Ol' Dirty Bastard, on Pras' smash summer 1998 hit, "Ghetto Supastar (That Is What You Are)". During the fall of the same year, she also scored a pop hit as a featured vocalist on Blackstreet's "Take Me There", which also featured guest raps from Ma$e and Blinky Blink.
In 2000, Mya returned to the music scene with her second album, Fear Of Flying. Its first single, "Best Of Me," was an urban R&B song that featured rapper Jadakiss and had an even more urban hip-hop remix, which featured Jay-Z. Once again, the song and its remix were huge on urban radio, but did not have any pop success. Mya's first big pop hit came with the second Fear Of Flying single, "Case Of The Ex". The song's video was also huge on MTV's TRL. Following the success of "Case Of The Ex," Interscope re-released Fear Of Flying with a revised track order and two additional songs, including Mya's third single, "Free." "Free" was even more pop-friendly and also became quite successful on MTV, TRL, and pop radio.
In spring of 2001, Mya joined forces with Lil Kim, Pink, and Christina Aguilera, on a remake of Patti LaBelle's "Lady Marmalade". The track was produced by hip-hop producers Missy Elliott and Rockwilder and was featured in Baz Luhrman's Moulin Rouge. The song's success was driven by its sexually suggestive video, which featured the four singers dressed in burlesque. Pink and Mya later described that the immodest concept almost prevented the video from being filmed (Mya appeared with a whipping switch in the video's opening scene); nonetheless, the video was a huge hit on MTV, VH1, and MTV2, and collected several MTV Video Music Awards in 2001. The song was also one of the year's biggest at pop, rhythmic, and even adult top 40--an unlikely supporter of any song at all urban-leaning--radio stations, receiving a dizzying 120+ plays per week at some American radio stations during the peak of its success. Though all four performers have had at least one subsequent mainstream hit, none of them has since achieved the same magnitude of chart success as they did with "Lady Marmalade".
Around the same time, Mya also began to dabble in acting. She had a supporting role in the 2002 musical film, Chicago, and most recently in 2005's Cursed.
In the summer of 2003, Mya released the video for "My Love Is Like... Wo", the lead single from her third album, Moodring. The song was arguably Mya's poppiest solo song yet, which necessitated a more urban remix that sampled Black Rob's "Whoa"; despite lackluster support from the hip-hop crowd, the song managed to become a top 20 hit in the U.S. due to its mainstream pop success. The follow-up single was "Fallen", a poppier song still that was not commercially successful but whose video remains in fairly heavy rotation to this day on VH1 Soul. The concept for the video for "My Love Is Like...Wo" was developed by Mya herself; it is notable for a break in the middle which features Mya doing a tap dance.
Mya is recently recording her fourth album, that's scheduled for early 2006 tentatively titled, 'Control Freak'.
* Mya (1998) (US #29) (US Certification: 'Platinum')
* Fear Of Flying (2000) (US #15) (US Certification: 'Platinum')
* Moodring (2003) (US #3) (US Certification: 'Gold')
* Control Freak (2006) (not yet released)
| 'Year'|| 'Title'|| 'Chart Positions'|| 'Album'|
| US Hot 100|| US R&B/Hip-Hop|| UK Singles|
| 1998|| It's All About Me|
(featuring Sisqó of Dru Hill)
| #6|| -|| -|| Mya|
| 1998|| Movin' On|
(featuring Silkk Tha Shocker)
| #34|| #4|| -|| Mya|
| 1998|| Ghetto Supastar (That Is What You Are)|
(with Pras & Ol' Dirty Bastard)
| #15|| '#1'|| #2|| Ghetto Supastar|
| 1998|| Take Me There|
(with Blackstreet, Blinky Blink & Ma$e)
| #2|| #10|| #3|| Finally|
| 1999|| My First Night With You|| #28|| #28|| -|| Mya|
| 2000|| The Best Of Me|
| #50|| #14|| -|| Fear Of Flying|
| 2001|| The Best Of Me (Holla Main Remix)|
| -|| -|| -|| Fear Of Flying|
| 2001|| Case Of The Ex|| #2|| #10|| #3|| Fear Of Flying|
| 2001|| Girls Dem Sugar|
(with Beenie Man)
| -|| -|| #13|| From Kingston To King|
| 2001|| Free|| -|| #42|| #11|| Fear Of Flying|
| 2001|| Lady Marmelade|
(with Christina Aguilera, Pink & Lil' Kim)
| #1|| #1|| #1|| Moulin Rouge (Soundtrack)|
| 2003|| My Love Is Like ... Wo|| 13|| 17|| 33|| Moodring|
| 2003|| Fallen|| #51|| #35|| -|| Moodring|
| 2005|| Sugar Daddy|
(with Cuban Link)
| #51|| #35|| -|| Chain Reaction|
* 1999: "Somebody Like Me" (with Silkk The Shocker; from Made Man)
* 1999: "JOB" (with Foxy Brown; from Chyna Doll)
* 2000: "Things" (with Keith Sweat, Busta Rhymes & Rah Diggah)
* 2002: "Fair Xchange (Remix)" (with 2 Pac; from Better Dayz)
* 2004: "Forever With You" (with Guy Seabastian; from Beautiful Lie)
* 2005: "Sugar Daddy" (with Cuban Link; from Chain Reaction)
* 2005: "Sexy" (with Ray-J; from Raydiation)
* Life ("Why Should I Believe You"; 1999)
* Atlantis ("Where The Dream Takes You"; 2001)
* Moulin Rouge! ("Lady Marmelade"; 2001)
* Legally Blonde ("Sex Machine"; 2001)
* James Bond: Everything Or Nothing ("Everything or Nothing" - Game Theme; 2003)
* Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights ("Do You Only Wanna Dance"; 2004)
* Shall We Dance ("Let's Dance"; 2004)
* Fat Albert ("Not Gonna Drop"; 2005)
Awards & Nominations
*1998 Nominated for two Soul Train Awards: Best R&B/Soul or Rap New Artist and Best R&B/Soul Album - Female ("Mya").
*1998 Nominated for two MTV Video Music Awards: Best Video from a Film, Rap Video of the Year ("Ghetto Supastar (That Is What You Are)").
*1998 Nominated for Grammy Award for Best Rap Performance by Vocal Group ("Ghetto Supastar").
*2000 Nominated for Soul Train Award for Best R&B/Soul Album - Female ("Fear of Flying").
*2001 'Won' two MTV Video Music Awards: Best Video of the Year and Best Video from a Film ("Lady Marmalade"), also nominated for 4 others Best Dance Video, Best Pop Video, Best Choreography and Best Art Direction ("Lady Marmalade").
*2001 Nominated for Billboard Music Video Award: Best Dance Clip of the Year
*2001 'Won' Grammy Award for Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals ("Lady Marmalade").
*2003 Nominated for two MTV Video Music Awards: Best Choreography in a Video, Best Dance Video ("My Life is Like ..Wo").
*2003 'Won' Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by the Cast of a Theatrical Motion Picture ("Chicago").
*2003 Nominated for Phoenix Film Critics Society Award for Best Acting Ensemble ("Chicago").
*2003 'Won' Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Acting Ensemble ("Chicago").
*2005 Nominated for MTV Movie Award for Best Frightened Performance ("Cursed").
* In Too Deep (1999)
* Chicago (2002)
* Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights (2004)
* Shall We Dance? (2004)
* Cursed (2005)
* Way of the Flesh (2005)