Mýa Marie Harrison, professionally known as Mýa or Mýa Harrison, is an American grammy award winning R&B and pop, singer-songwriter, record producer, dancer, choreographer, model, activist, and philanthropist who rose to fame during the late 1990's. Harrison is responsible for such hall mark hits such as "It's All About Me", "Ghetto Supastar (That Is What You Are)", "The Best of Me", "Case of the Ex", a 2001 chart-topping version of "Lady Marmalade" (for which she won a Grammy Award for in 2002), and "My Love Is Like...Wo", as well as appearances in films such as Chicago (2002) and Cursed (2005). She's released 3 successful studio albums since her arrival in 1998 and has sold over 3.5 millions in the United States alone, tapped dance alongside Savion Glover and Gregory Hines at an early age and has achieved 8 Billboard Top 40 hit singles, 3 Billboard Hot 100 top ten hit singles, and 1 Billboard Hot 100 number one hit single thus far in her career. She's one of many successful acts out of the 1990's R&B era who started out as a teen.
Mya took dance classes as a child. After briefly losing interest in the art, she returned to dancing in her pre-teens, eventually joining the dance troupe T.W.A. (Tappers With Attitude). She left the group after a short while, heading to New York to study at the Dance Theater of Harlem with Savion Glover, best known as the choreographer/mastermind behind the Broadway spectacular Bring in da Noise, Bring in da Funk. Her passion for improvisation made her a favorite of Glover, who had her perform solo at the Kennedy Center. Although Mya was best known as a dancer, she was also musically inclined, learning how to sing and play the violin as a child. When her father -- a professional musician -- learned that his daughter could sing and was serious about a musical career, he shopped around the demo tapes, eventually earning the attention of Haqq Islam, president of University Music. Impressed with Mya's audition, Islam signed her to Interscope Records.
In addition to her solo work, Mýa was also a featured artist with Ol' Dirty Bastard on Pras' 1998 Grammy nominated hit, "Ghetto Supastar (That Is What You Are)", from the Bulworth soundtrack. During the same year, Mýa also scored another hit as a featured vocalist on BLACKstreet's "Take Me There" from The Rugrats Movie soundtrack, which also featured guest raps from Mase and Blinky Blink.
In May 2001, Mýa collaborated with Christina Aguilera, Lil' Kim, and Pink on a remake of LaBelle's "Lady Marmalade". The track was produced by hip hop producers Missy Elliott and Rockwilder and was featured in Baz Luhrmann's Moulin Rouge!. The single sold 5.5 million copies becoming the most successful airplay-only single in history. The song's success was driven by its sexually suggestive video, which featured the four singers dressed in burlesque outfits. P!nk and Mýa later described that the immodest concept almost prevented the video from being filmed; nonetheless, the video was a huge hit on MTV, VH1, and MTV2, and collected several MTV Video Music Awards nominations in 2001. The song was also one of the year's biggest at pop, rhythmic, and even adult top 40. Mýa alongside Christina Aguilera, Lil' Kim, and Pink not only performed at the Grammys, but also won a Grammy for Best Pop Collaboration. "Lady Marmalade" went on to collect numerous awards including 2 MTV Video Music Awards for Video of the Year and Best Video from a Film.
In July 2003, Mýa released her third long awaited studio album, Moodring. In the U.S., it peaked at #3 on the Billboard 200 albums chart selling more than 113,000 in its first week of sales, making it Mýa's highest first week sales ever. The first single, the Missy Elliott-produced "My Love Is Like... Wo", became a top 20 hit in the U.S. due to its success on mainstream radio. The video featured Mýa acting as a "one woman circus", performing various circus tricks throughout the song. "My Love Is Like...Wo" was nominated for 2 MTV awards(Best Dance Video and Best Choreography in a Video) but lost both. The album's second single, "Fallen" (which samples "Saudade Vem Correndo" by Stan Getz, as does "Runnin'" by The Pharcyde), was not as successful only managing to peak at #51 on the Billboard Hot 100 single charts. Moodring was considered a commercial disappointment for the singer, selling just 589,000 copies to date, becoming her lowest selling album as well.
In 2003, Mýa posed for Maxim magazine; her pictorial is featured on their Girls of Maxim gallery . She was also a model for King magazine. Mýa has also appeared in various print ads. She signed a six figure contract with Ford Modeling Agency in 2005.
On March 5, 2007, the album's first single "Lock U Down", a Storch-produced collaboration with Lil Wayne and Daniel E Rivera, was sent to radio. After its failure, a second single entitled "Ridin'" was released in July 2007. The video for "Ridin'" was released in September 2007.
The album was scheduled for release in Fall 2007, but has been pushed back numerous times. In January 2008, rumors swirled that Mya was dropped from her label but were confirmed not true. The album is rumored to finally be released later this year as a double album. In a recent interview, Mya says that she will part ways with Motown this year and possibly go independent. In August, Notrax.jp confirmed that she has contracted with a Japanese label, Manhattan Records and is releasing new album in this year, and it features "an big-name guest" .
Mya endorsed Democratic presidential candidate, Hillary Clinton, in the 2008 U.S. elections.
|1999||In Too Deep||Loretta|
|2003||Volcano High||Yu Cha-i|
|2004||Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights||Lola Martinez|
|Hip Hop All Stars||Herself|
|Shall We Dance?||Vern's Fiancée|
|Ways of the Flesh||Valerie|
|Love For Sale||Kiely|
|1998||Soul Train Music Award nomination for Best R&B/Soul or Rap New Artist|
|Soul Train Music Award nominaton for Best R&B/Soul Album - Female (Mýa).|
|MTV Video Music Award nomination for Best Video from a Film ("Ghetto Supastar (That Is What You Are)")|
|MTV Video Music Award nomination for Rap Video of the Year ("Ghetto Supastar (That Is What You Are)")|
|Grammy Award nomination for Best Rap Performance by Vocal Group ("Ghetto Supastar")|
|1999||Lady of Soul nomination for Best Music Video ("Movin' On")|
|2000||Soul Train Music Award nomination for Best R&B/Soul Album - Female (Fear of Flying)|
|2001||Billboard Video Award win ("Lady Marmalade")|
|MTV Video Music Award win for Best Video of the Year ("Lady Marmalade")|
|MTV Video Music Award win for Best Video from a Film ("Lady Marmalade")|
|MTV Video Music Award nomination for Best Dance Video ("Lady Marmalade")|
|MTV Video Music Award nomination for Best Pop Video ("Lady Marmalade")|
|MTV Video Music Award nomination for Best Choreography ("Lady Marmalade")|
|MTV Video Music Award nomination for Best Art Direction ("Lady Marmalade")|
|VH1 Music Awards win for Is It Hot In Here Or Is It Just My Video ("Lady Marmalade")|
|VH1 Music Awards win for My Favorite Video ("Lady Marmalade")|
|Radio Music Awards win for Song of the Year Top 40 Pop Radio ("Lady Marmalade")|
|MOBO nomination for Best Album (Fear of Flying)|
|Teen Choice Awards win for Choice Song Of The Summer ("Lady Marmalade")|
|TMF Awards-Belgium win for Best Video of the Year ("Lady Marmalade")|
|TMF Awards-Netherlands win for Best Video of the Year ("Lady Marmalade")|
|2002||ALMA Awards win for Outstanding Song In A Motion Picture Soundtrack ("Lady Marmalade")|
|ASCAP Pop Music Awards win ("Lady Marmalade")|
|BMI Award win ("Lady Marmalade")|
|Channel Thailand Music Video Awards win ("Lady Marmalade")|
|Grammy Award win for Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals ("Lady Marmalade")|
|MTV Japan Video Music Award win ("Lady Marmalade")|
|MVPA Video Award win for Best Styling In A Video ("Lady Marmalade")|
|2003||MTV Video Music Award nomination for Best Dance Video ("My Love is Like..Wo")|
|MTV Video Music Award nomination for Best Choreography in a Video ("My Love is Like..Wo")|
|Screen Actors Guild Award win for Outstanding Performance by the Cast of a Theatrical Motion Picture ("Chicago").|
|Phoenix Film Critics Society Award nomination for Best Acting Ensemble ("Chicago").|
|Broadcast Film Critics Association Award win for Best Acting Ensemble ("Chicago").|
|2005||MTV Movie Award nomination for Best Frightened Performance ("Cursed").|
|2006||11th Annual Palm Beach International Film Festival win for Cross Over Award (from singer to actress)|