Tamia: ‘I live a worry-free life’

2014-04-26 11:30

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Canadian R&B and soul star Tamia Hill (formerly Washington) hopes to reconnect with her fans when she performs at Carnival City in Brakpan tonight and tomorrow night.

“As an artist, you always dream of getting on stage and having the audience sing all your songs and that’s what happens here. They not only know one song, they know the entire album, and so it makes it difficult to pick songs to perform because they know all of them. It’s a good problem to have,” she gushed during an interview with City Press on the eve of her concert.

She promised to take revellers down memory lane with songs from early on in her career through to her latest work.

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The freckled beauty said her secret has been positivity.

“It’s important to live your life worry-free and I try to stay positive and keep positive people around me, that helps. When you worry and have a lot of stress in your life, it shows. Although we can’t control stress, I think it’s important to live your life feeling grateful and trying to be as happy as you can be.”

Tamia, who boasts a five-octave vocal range, burst on the music scene with the hit track You Put A Move On My Heart from Quincy Jones’ Q’s Jook Joint in 1995.

“I am not the girl (20) that came out with the Tamia album. I make sure that I continue to grow as an artist because I am growing as a woman and as a mother,” says the mother of two girls who is married to retired basketball star Grant Hill.

“It’s been a journey, I continue to learn things about myself. When I perform the songs it takes me on a musical journey of my life and I remember where I was in my life.”

The woman behind classic R&B hits such as

So Into You and Who Do You Tell admits that the genre has been experiencing a tough time.

“R&B has had a rough road the last couple of years, I think a good song never really dies, it has a way of connecting to the soul and heart, hopefully we continue to make songs like that. It’s not getting publicity and the dollars that dance music gets – it’s hard to compete dollar for dollar with other genres. For me, I just hope to put [out] projects; I want to sing for the rest of my life. It’s important to be proud of your work.”

Tamia said she was currently recording new material. “It’s a great process. You never know what to expect.”

While in Joburg, Tamia said, she had been eating and lounging by the pool.

“I’m a big curry fan but not really a big cook.”

She says her preshow ritual included a cup of honey and lemon tea and some quiet time.

“I try not to party the night before a show. And I don’t like chaos before the show. You would be bored if you were backstage with me before a show. And I still get butterflies because all shows are different, especially the first minutes, and then I relax and enjoy the audience.

She admitted to forgetting lyrics on stage.

“That’s sort of normal. Sometimes I do a good job of covering it up, sometimes the audience helps,” she laughs.

“I just want to be proud of the work I have done.”

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