Mya

"On February 14, 2016, Grammy Award Winning Artist Ma, celebrates 18 years in the entertainment industry as an internationally known, respected singer, songwriter, producer, dancer/choreographer, designer, actress, activist and philanthropist.

Washington, D.C.- native Ma released her self-titled, double platinum, debut album, Ma, in 1998. The album launched the then 18-year-old Ma into the fabric of pop-culture. Ma featured the massively successful singles Its All About Me, Movin On and My First Night With You Ghetto Superstar & Take Me There. In 2000, Ma released her second double platinum album, Fear of Flying, featuring the hits Case of the Ex, Free and Best of Me. In May 2001, Ma collaborated with Christina Aguilera, Lil Kim, P!nk and Missy Elliot on a remake of LaBelles Lady Marmalade, which is featured in Baz Luhrmans Moulin Rouge. Selling over 5.5 million copies, it became the most successful airplay-only single in history and won the Grammy Award for Best Pop Collaboration and went on to collect numerous awards. In 2003, Ma released her third studio album, the critically acclaimed, Moodring, featuring the hit singles including My Love Is Like Wo Fallen and the club circuit favorite, Whatever Bitch. Moodring also featured Everything or Nothing, the theme song for the 2004 video game James Bond 007: Everything or Nothing in which Ma was featured as a Bond Girl, and Real Compared to What the 2003 Coca-Cola theme song, for whom Ma was a spokesperson.

In 2007, due to her label Motowns accidental leak of her 4th studio project Liberation, Mya made the decision to part ways with Motown/Universal and began her own independent label Planet 9, in which she executive produced, self engineered, self funded & released 7 different compilations. Sugar & Spice 2008 (Japan), The Perfect Edition double disc 2009 (Japan), the first R&B/Hip Hop mixtape titled Beauty & the Streets Vol 1 in 2010, the album K.I.S.S. (Keep It Sexy & Simple) in Japan in 2011. In 2012, Mya released the U.S./Canada & World editions of K.I.S.S., featuring Fabulous Life, which was used in the national #FashionByBravo ad campaign on Bravo/NBCUniversal and Break Your Neck featured in Ford commercial campaign.

In 2013, Mya independently manufactured the limited Mint of K.I.S.S. for fans, and in 2014, Mya has begun releasing a series of EPs. The first EP titled With Love was released February 14th, Valentines Day marking the 16th anniversary of her first single Its All About Me February 14th, 1998. On April 21st, Mya released the Sweet XVI EP marking the 16th anniversary of her self-titled, debut album Mya on April 21st, 1998. On February 14th, 2015, Mya released her 7th independent project Love Elevation Suite consisting of all slow jams. Mya speaks I have recorded hundreds of songs in what appears to be a hiatus to some, so Ive dug into my archive & independently assemble seasonal appetizers before the main course for my fans who are simply hungry for music from me.

In addition to becoming a finalist on Dancing with the Stars Season 9, her further work in television can be found on NCIS, 1-800-Missing (Canada), Haunted and Sister Sister. Her filmography includes the world renowned Chicago, for which she won a Screen Actors Guild Award, Shall We Dance, Havana Nights: Dirty Dancing II, In Too Deep, Heart Specialist, Cursed, Cover, Penthouse, Love for Sale, Metrosexual, the Sci-Fi film Dark Rising (Bermuda Tentacles) with Linda Hamilton and voiceovers for the MTV animated film Mountain High.

As a philanthropist, Ma continues to devote her time and resources to various causes. From 1998 to 2001, she became the spokesperson for Secret to Self Esteem. In 2005, Ma founded TMATF: The Ma Arts & Tech Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing disadvantaged youth growth and opportunity through arts & technology education, in which she serves as both executive director and teacher. Ma is also an advocate of breast cancer as her mother is a 16-year survivor. Shes collaborated with the Lifetime Television Network in the Stop Breast Cancer for Life campaign, recording My Bra a song sold on iTunes donating 100% of proceeds to breast cancer research, participated in numerous Revlon Run/ Walks, Susan G. Komen & Habitat for Humanity charitable events, S.O.M.E. based in Washington, D.C., providing the homeless with meals, shelter & assistance. In 2007, from the Global AIDS fight, to aiding homeless LGBT youth via Skoold, to advocating equality with the NOH8 campaign, Mya also ran the 26.2 mile NYC ING Marathon to raise funds for the worlds largest no-kill animal shelter & organization, North Shore Animal League America in 2011. Most recently, Ma partnered with the Human Rights Campaign for their #LoveConquersHate campaign and currently serves as celebrity ambassador for Africare addressing health, economic development, womens empowerment & youth engagement.

In 2016, Mya released her 12th studio project/8th independent self executive produced Planet 9 project Smoove Jones on February 14th, available on myamya.com and all digital outlets worldwide with an exclusive release on Apple Music. The project is accompanied by a digital booklet, a 2016-2017 17 month calendar and vegan, organic Planet 9 wine available on myamya.com. In 2016, Mya also became the face of PETAs Go Vegan campaign and Smoove Jones became nominated for a Grammy for Best R&B Album of 2016. On Dec 31, she completes her 2016 Planet 9 world tour in the Middle East.

In the first quarter of 2017, Mya releases the music video to a fan favorite Coolin' from her Smoove Jones project, followed by gracing the Women Set Free March issue of Contrast Magazine New York in which 25% of profits are donated to One Pulse Foundation. Mya also graces the cover of Mercy For Animals magazine in March. Mya focuses on her masterpiece in the studio through the new year. In the 4th quarter of 2017, Lazarus the movie (thriller) will be released."
via official website

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