Jamelia Niela Davis (born on 11 January 1981), known simply as Jamelia, is a Mercury Music Prize nominated English R&B singer-songwriter and occasional rapper who found fame in early 2000 after impressing music executives at Parlophone Records with self-written a cappella songs. She has released three studio albums, each of which has reached the Top 40 in her native UK, which collectively have spawned eight UK top ten singles. In addition, Jamelia has won four MOBO Awards, a Q award and has received six BRIT Award nominations.
Taking some time to record her debut album, Drama, Jamelia returned the music scene in early 2000 with the single "I Do", which became her first commercially successful single in the UK and mainland Europe, making the UK top forty and holding top twenty positions in France and Sweden. The single's mediocre chart success, however, led to the delay of the release of Drama. Jamelia's third single, "Money" (featuring rapper Beenie Man and co-written by UK The X Factor finalist Daniel De Bourg), was released in February 2000. The single was the singer's breakthrough in the UK, peaking at number five and spending nine weeks inside the UK top seventy-five; it later won a MOBO Award for "Best Video" in 2000. Despite the success of "Money", Drama did not make a major chart impression in the UK, where it peaked at number thirty-nine. The third single from the album, "Call Me", reached number eleven, and the fourth single, "Boy Next Door", peaked at number forty-two.
Promoting the re-release, title track "Thank You" was released shortly before. Known to be Jamelia's favourite of all her releases, the song became her highest charting single to date in the UK, where it peaked at number two and received the 2004 MOBO Award for "Best Single" and a BRIT Award nomination in the same category. Fourth single "See it in a Boy's Eyes" was released in mid 2004 and became Jamelia's third consecutive top five hit, winning a MOBO Award for "Best Video" and a Q Award for "Best Single". The success of Thank You resulted in five BRIT Award nominations for Jamelia in 2004 and 2005. The album became the thirty-fifth best-selling of 2004 and has been certified double platinum by the BPI in recognition of 600,000 copies shipped to retailers.
In mid 2004, she collaborated with Italian singer Tiziano Ferro on "Universal Prayer" for the 2004 Olympic Games soundtrack. It became her first number-one single in Italy and Spain and was added to non-UK editions of Thank You. In late 2004, Jamelia was asked to contribute to the Band Aid 20 charity single "Do They Know It's Christmas?", on which she sang with Will Young. The single topped the UK Singles Chart and was certified platinum. Around the same time, Jamelia released the lead single from the soundtrack of the film Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason, a cover of Sam Brown's 1988 single "Stop!"; it was released as double A-side in the UK with the aforementioned "DJ", and peaked at number nine.
Jamelia subsequently left Parlophone, citing their lack of support for and promotion of the album. She has since been offered several recording contracts that she is choosing between.
On July 8th 2008, it was reported that hip hop producer Pharrell Williams wants to work with Jamelia on her upcoming album.
On 9 November 2006, Jamelia joined Feeder on stage for the encore of Feeder's WAR Child gig at 'The Coronet' in London. They performed a cover of R.E.M.'s "Everybody Hurts" as well as "Beware Of The Dog".
In January 2007, Jamelia launched a new fragrance as part of a campaign to increase awareness of HIV and AIDS. Proceeds from the sale of every bottle of The Body Shop's Rougeberry will be donated to MTV's Staying Alive Foundation. In 2007 she appeared in a high profile poster campaign shot by Mary McCartney for the animals right charity PETA, she appeared naked under the headline "Be comfortable in your own skin and let animals keep theirs". The campaign group released her image to coincide with the start of London Fashion Week.
On May 27, 2007 it was announced that Jamelia signed a £100,000 contract to launch a new range of products for Boots. On July 31, 2007 it was announced that Jamelia, along with Erin O'Connor and Helena Christensen, had teamed up with famous hairdressers Toni & Guy to promote Model.Me - a hair product created for women with ethnic hair. Jamelia comments: "I think it's about time that there was a haircare range specifically designed for ethnic hair available on every high street."
On September 18, 2007 Jamelia co-hosted the MOBO Awards 2007 for the BBC with Shaggy and on September 20 she walked the Catwalk in Naomi Campbell's Fashion for Relief event at the Natural History Museum in London.
Jamelia appeared on ITV's "Saturday Night Divas" to mark the end of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. She shared the stage with Jennifer Lopez, Girls Aloud, Celine Dion and Alicia Keys, amongst others and performed a cover version of Outkast's hit single Hey Ya.
Currently, Jamelia is deciding which new record label to sign with, and has begun work on her fourth studio album. Talking about the album, Jamelia commented that she is working with producers she'd have never had the chance to previously, and is eager to work with Timbaland and John Legend. When asked about the album's release, she said "next year at the earliest".
On December 19th, Jamelia played Cinderella in Channel 4's The Paul O'Grady Show's Christmas Pantomime appearing opposite Joan Collins, Louis Walsh, Liz Smith, Jo Brand, Christopher Biggins, Cilla Black, Kate Thornton, Patrick McGuinness and Paul O'Grady himself.
In late January 2008, it was announced that Jamelia had signed a book publishing deal with Orion. She will be releasing her autobiography, currently titled 'Stronger', in September 2008. It will talk about the singer's struggle in both her personal & professional life amongst other things.
In February 2008, Jamelia announced in a podcast on her personal website (web.mac.com/jembalem) that she had "completed her first official acting role". It was also mentioned that she had landed a TV presenting job.
In April 2008, Jamelia guest presented The National Lottery and in July 2008 she appeared in a documentary about the international Hair Extension trade Jamelia: Whose hair is it anyway for BBC Three & guest presented a week of episodes of Big Brother's Big Mouth for E4. On September the 7th, she guest presented an episode of Something for the Weekend (2000s BBC TV series) with Tim Lovejoy.
Four months after the incarceration of her sibling, the Burger Bar Boys released a video of Jamelia seemingly promoting gun violence via the Internet, an accusation which she denies.
In October 2006, the News of the World published a kiss and tell story alleging that her then boyfriend, Darren Byfield had cheated on her, with a girl named Jaclyn Evans. Jamelia later disputed the allegations.
In August 2007 Jamelia split from Byfield. The couple are parents to daughter Tiani. Jamelia also has another child, Teja, from a previous relationship. A spokesman confirmed, “Jamelia and Darren have sadly parted but it is an amicable split.”
The couple were reconciled a couple of months later and in October 2007 they announced their engagement. On 15 June 2008 it was reported the couple wed on the previous day in West Sussex.
Jamelia was ranked No. 48 in COED Magazine Online's list of "The 50 Sexiest WAGs of World Football."
|Album||Release Date||UK Chart Peak||UK Certification|
|Drama||26 June, 2000||#39||Gold|
|Thank You||29 September, 2003||#4||2x platinum|
|Walk With Me||25 September, 2006||#20||Gold|
|Superstar - The Hits||24 September, 2007||#55|
|2000||MOBO Awards||Best Video - "Money"|
|2004||MOBO Awards||Best British Female|
|2004||MOBO Awards||Best Single - "Thank You"|
|2004||MOBO Awards||Best Video - "See It In a Boy's Eyes"|
|2004||Q Awards||Best Single - "See It In a Boy's Eyes"|
|2005||Urban Music Awards||Best R&B Act|
|2007||Eska Awards||Best Foreign Singer|
|2007||Urban Music Awards||Best R&B Act|
|2004||Brit Awards||Best British Female|
|2004||Brit Awards||Best British Single - "Superstar"|
|2004||Mercury Music Prize||Thank You|
|2005||Brit Awards||Best British Female|
|2005||Brit Awards||Best British Urban Act|
|2005||Brit Awards||Best British Single - "Thank You"|
|2007||Brit Awards||Best British Female|
|2007||Popjustice £20 Music Prize||"Beware of the Dog"|
|2007||MOBO Awards||Best British Female|