If ever there were a criminally underrated R B; singer in the business, Tamia would be the top of the list. With a soulful Soprano that seems to reach out and sing to your very soul, Tamia has a voice that is impossible to forget. From the very first moment I heard her voice, I knew she was something special and have been a huge fan ever since. Here are the songs that made me a fan and will probably make you one as well. Moreover, click here for Free music downloads as well.
- You Put A Move On My Heart
I absolutely fell in love with this song the very first time I heard it. With a voice so pure, so soulful and so immaculate you would think it was a veteran, Tamia gave us a dazzling vocal at the young age of nineteen. This is a love song from the opening notes to the very end as she sings words of adoration to production by legendary Quincy Jones. This song was featured on her debut album as well as on Quincy Jones Qs Jook Joint.
You’ll find many of the songs on this list are ballads and that’s because Tamia’s expressive Soprano is tailor-made to deliver these slow songs. “Poetry” was featured on her third album More and is a gorgeous surprise towards the end of the album. It’s got some nice organ and vibraphone giving a nice backdrop to her almost gritty vocals. I could listen to this song all day long. If you haven’t heard this song you need to because it’s phenomenal.
- So Into You
This was her second single and I remember hearing it on the radio all the time when I was down in Vegas. I was just entering a new relationship with this computer graphics guy from Illinois and this seemed to capture that heady, walking on the clouds feeling of new love I was experiencing. Too bad he was a spineless mama’s boy. Even though my affection for him faded quickly my love for this song has managed to transcend the trauma. Her gorgeous and airy soprano soars effortlessly over some relaxed and dreamy production. This was also featured on her debut album Tamia.
- Officially Missing You-
The acoustic guitar is such a nice backdrop for her voice and this shows beautifully on this simple but moving track. Produced by 7 Aurelius this song has some very faint strings but it’s an organic, laidback performance. There are some finger snaps, some squeaking of fingers over the frets and you get the impression she’s sitting right there singing in the room. It’s a very intimate track. This another highlight from More.
- Stranger In My House-
This is such an immense, awe-inspiring ballad and was the showcase track of her sophomore effort A Nu Day. Although I felt that album didn’t live up to what she was capable of this song is an instant R B; classic. Written by Shep Crawford (also responsible for Deborah Cox’s “Nobody’s Supposed To Be Here”) the song features some guitar and some nice synthesized keyboards but as usual, it all pales in comparison to her dynamic voice.
- Sittin’ On The Job
There is a bluesy, loose vibe to this song against some relaxed jam about thinking about a love affair while at work. This vocal is fantastic as she effortlessly delivers her smitten take on new love. The guitar on this song is really good and the whole song is put together nicely from the soft, feminine background vocals to the handclaps. You’ll find this one on her latest Between Friends.
- Rain On Me-
In many ways this song could easily be written off as stock, generic R B; track but Tamia works her magic and makes it a gorgeous little song about loneliness and hope. The song has a nice backtrack but the power of the song lies in her vocals. Her soprano delivers all the emotion and longing and the music just makes a nice backdrop. This is another song from her self-titled debut.
- Love Me In A Special Way
This is a gospel-flavored cover of an old Debarge song and she does it justice. Her vocal is filled with some great piano and her pretty soprano caressing the familiar melody. It rides nicely on a post-New Jack Swing beat, an elegant string arrangement, and her pleading to be loved. Who could resist her with those pipes? Look for this one on A Nu Day.
- Why Ask Why
This is a sensuous, smoky jam that comes towards the end of her third album More. There is a sense of allure established by a pretty saxophone melody that counters the keyboard motive running throughout. She wonders why her man is doubting her and asking why in their relationship. It’s a subtle but beautiful song
- Love and I
Dramatic and forlorn this song is an expressive ode to being disenchanted with love. Only accompanied by a piano her voice is magnificent and the melody is gorgeous. Some timpani comes in on the second verse as well as some gentle guitar and the song is stormy but you can feel the sun peeking from between the brooding and grey clouds. A string orchestra jumps in towards the end. This song was featured on her most recent album Between Friends.
Tamia is easily one of the best R B; artists we have currently recorded. Her warm, vibrant soprano penetrates your heart, fills your sense, and makes you believe. While I love many more songs by her than what is represented here these are the ones that have earned permanent MP3 player status. In one word; essential.