Mya

Singer, Dancer, Actor
A Grammy-winning singer and supporting film player, multi-talented Mya arrived at those high-profile fields after having already earned acclaim as a dancer during her teens. She born Mya Marie Harrison on Oct. 10, 1979 ... Read more »
Born: 10/09/1979 in United States

Filmography

Actor (49)

Bermuda Tentacles 2013 - 2014 (TV Show)

Actor

The Heart Specialist 2011 (Movie)

Valerie (Actor)

Dancing With the Stars 2009 - 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

I Love the New Millennium 2002 - 2003, 2007 - 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

Pepsi Smash 2002 - 2003, 2009 - 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

Sister, Sister 1998 - 1999, 2002 - 2003, 2007 - 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

Mad TV 1995 - 2009 (TV Show)

Actor

Cover 2008 (Movie)

Cynda (Actor)

How She Move 2008 (Movie)

(Actor)

Secret Talents of the Stars 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

Cursed 2005 (Movie)

Jenny (Actor)

NCIS 2005 (Tv Show)

Actor

TV Land Awards: A Celebration of Classic TV 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

2003 Vibe Awards: Beats, Style, Flavor 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights 2004 (Movie)

Lola Martinez (Actor)

Missing 2004 (Tv Show)

Actor

Real Access: Hot 24 in 2004 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

Shall We Dance? 2004 (Movie)

Vern's Fiance (Actor)

The 2003 MTV Video Music Awards 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

The Wade Robson Project 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

Volcano High 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Voice

3rd Annual BET Awards 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

MTV Bash 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

Maxim Hot 100 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

The 2003 MTV Movie Awards 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

The Disco Ball 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

Chicago 2002 (Movie)

Mona (Actor)

Haunted 2002 (Tv Show)

Actor

Michael Jackson: 30th Anniversary Celebration 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

The 2001 MTV Video Music Awards 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

The 44th Annual Grammy Awards 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

The Wayne Brady Show (ABC) 2000 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

An American Celebration at Ford's Theatre 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Fashionably Loud 2000 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

MTV Icon: Janet Jackson 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Music in High Places 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

The 15th Annual Soul Train Music Awards 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

The 2001 MTV Movie Awards 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

The 2001 Teen Choice Awards 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

The 28th Annual American Music Awards 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

The 43rd Annual Grammy Awards 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Teen People's 25 Hottest Stars Under 25 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

13th Annual Soul Train Music Awards 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

In Too Deep 1999 (Movie)

Loretta (Actor)

Teen People's 21 Hottest Stars Under 21 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

The 1998 MTV Video Music Awards 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

The 30th NAACP Image Awards 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

The 4th Annual Soul Train Lady of Soul Awards 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

I Love the '80s (TV Show)

Actor
Music (11)

A Cinderella Story 2004 (Movie)

("Fallen" (Radio Mix)) (Song Performer)

A Home For The Holidays 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Performer

Lifetime's 4th Annual Women Rock! Songs From The Movies 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Song Performer

Spike TV Presents GQ Men of the Year Awards 2003 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Song Performer

Biker Boyz 2003 (Movie)

("Get Up") (Song)

Chicago 2002 (Movie)

("Cell Block Tango") (Song Performer)

Atlantis: the Lost Empire 2001 (Movie)

("Where the Dream Takes You") (Song Performer)

Legally Blonde 2001 (Movie)

("Sex Machine") (Song Performer)

Moulin Rouge 2001 (Movie)

("Zidler's Rap (Medley--contains 'Lady Marmalade' 'Smells Like Teen Spirit' 'Because We Can')") (Song Performer)

Bulworth 1998 (Movie)

("Ghetto Supastar (contains 'Islands in the Stream')") (Song Performer)

The Rugrats Movie 1998 (Movie)

("Take Me There" (featuring Mase)) (Song Performer)

Biography

A Grammy-winning singer and supporting film player, multi-talented Mya arrived at those high-profile fields after having already earned acclaim as a dancer during her teens. She born Mya Marie Harrison on Oct. 10, 1979, and raised in a suburb of Washington, DC, where she started dance lessons at four years old and joined the dance troupe, T.W.A. (Tappers With Attitude) at age 10. While attending a workshop with renowned choreographer Savion Glover, Mya was invited to study at the Dance Theater of Harlem, where her ability for improvisation so impressed Glover that he showcased the 14-year-old in a solo performance at the Kennedy Center. As Mya's professional dance resume grew with appearances on the BET talk show "Teen Summit" (BET, 1989-2002), she began to explore her vocal skills and, under the supervision of her musician father, recorded a demo that landed her a record deal with Interscope Records at age 17. Her debut album, Mya (1998) sold 1.5 million copies and launched the top ten single, "It's All About Me," a duet with R&B artist Sisqo. She was tapped by hip-hopper Pras to appear on the Grammy-nominated hit single "Ghetto Superstar," while "Take Me There," recorded with Puff Daddy sidekick Mase, was used on the soundtrack for the animated "Rugrats Movie" (1998). The hot newcomer appeared onscreen herself that year "In Too Deep" (1999), a gangsta thriller starring Omar Epps and L.L. Cool J.

Relationships

Sherman Harrison

Father
African-American divorced from Mya's mother c. 1998

Theresa Harrison

Mother
Italian divorced from Mya's father c. 1998

Chad Harrison

Brother
Born c. 1982

Nigel Harrison

Brother
Born c. 1990

EDUCATION

University of Maryland

College Park , Maryland
Attended for one semester, but left when career took off

Eleanor Roosevelt High School

Greenbelt , Maryland 1996
Graduated at age 16

Milestones

2009

Joined the ninth season of ABC's reality series "Dancing with the Stars" as a competitor

2008

Left Motown and singed with the Japanese label, Manhattan Records; released her fifth studio album, Sugar & Spice

2007

Played an AIDS victim in the small independent film, "Cover"

2005

Joined the cast of Wes Craven's "Cursed"

2005

Left her management and A&M Records and signed with Motown Records

2004

Had supporting roles in "Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights" and "Shall We Dance?"

2003

Released her third studio album, Moodring

2002

Co-starred in the Academy Award-winning film, "Chicago," as a murderess named Mona in the Cell Block Tango dance number

2001

Collaborated with Christina Aguilera, Lil' Kim and Pink on a remake of Labelle's "Lady Marmalade" for the "Moulin Rouge!" soundtrack

2000

Released second album, Fear of Flying, which featured collaborations with Lisa 'Left Eye' Lopez, Wyclef Jean, and Swizz Beatz

1999

Made acting debut in the film "In Too Deep," starring LL Cool J and Omar Epps

1998

Collaborated with Ol' Dirty Bastard on Pras' hit, "Ghetto Superstar"; was featured on the "Bulworth" soundtrack

1996

Appeared as a hip-hop dancer on the TV show "Teen Summit" on the BET Network

At age 13, joined the group Tappers With Attitude

Took ballet lessons from the age of two and jazz and tap from the age of four

Began taking violin lessons in the fourth grade

Signed by Interscope records at age 17

Released self-titled, debut album, Mýa; her first hit single "It's All About Me" was a duet with Sisqo

Bonus Trivia

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Reportedly was named after poet/writer Maya Angelou.

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"I'm really quiet and reserved most of the time. When it's time for me to do my thing onstage, I just go for it. But in other settings, I don't feel very comfortable with being very outgoing." - Mya quoted in Jane magazine, May 2000

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"I can't help but feel as though I'm contradicting myself when I pose for pictures showing skin, looking sexy. But while I dress this way for photos because I want to be that diva, I feel obliged to tell young girls not to get caught up in images. I don't want girls to think they have to dress like this to qualify as young women." - Mya quoted in Honey magazine, June/July 2000

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