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- Mya Marie Harrison
- Washington DC
- United States
- Actress Singer
- Humble Persona Some Of The Best Legs And Ass In Town.
- Likes Gangsters
Multi-talented in dance, voice and performance, MYA HARRISON is a dancer turned smooth urban R&B vocalist who released her self-titled debut in the spring of 1998, when she was just 18-years-old.
Ms. Harrison was born in Washington, DC, where she 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 Ms. Harrison 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 Harrison's audition, Islam signed her to Interscope Records.
Harrison and Interscope spent the next two years working on her debut record, hiring an impressive list of collaborators, including Darryl Pearson, Babyface, Diane Warren, Raphael Brown, Wyclef Jean, Missy "Misdemeanor" Elliott, and Sisqo and Moko from Dru Hill. The resulting album was a smooth urban song cycle about love and growing up; it was released in April 1998. Two years later, her more mature second album, "Fear of Flying", which featured collaborations with Lisa "Left Eye" Lopez, Jadakiss, Wyclef Jean, and Swizz Beatz, arrived. "Moodring" (2003) and "Liberation" (2007) followed.
Ms. Harrison is also set to conquer the motion picture world, having made a memorable appearance in the multi-Oscar winning "Chicago" (which netted her shared honors with the ensemble cast, including SAG and Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards), in addition to contributing cuts to multitudes of motion picture soundtracks, including "Bulworth","Moulin Rouge","Legally Blonde" and "Barbershop 2: Back in Business", to name a few. She has also acted in such films as "The Metrosexual", "Swap Meet", "Cursed", "Shall We Dance", "Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights" and "In Too Deep". On television, she has performed in countless awards and talk shows, and has collected more than her share of awards and accolades from every aspect of the entertainment business.
In the fall 2009 Season of Dancing with The Stars Mya is in the cast.