The first time Tamia became a recognizable name to sports fans is when she sang “O Canada” at the 2009 National Basketball Association All-Star Game in Phoenix. A native of Windsor, Ontario, Tamia was known throughout basketball circles and the sports world as the wife of seven-time NBA All-Star Grant Hill, who at the time was playing alongside Phoenix Suns legend, and another Canadian, in Steve Nash.
Tamia, whose full name is Tamia Marilyn Hill, sings hip hop, jazz and soft rock. Tamia’s husband Grant Hill has played the piano while Tamia has performed some of her music in the past.
However, Tamia was a strong musician well before she married Hill in 1999. Her single, “You Put a Move on My Heart” was No. 12 on the R&B Charts in 1993 and later “Slow Jams” was number 19 on the R&B Charts.
Among the elite musicians Tamia was associated with in the 1990s were Quincy Jones, Brandy and Gladys Knight. Jones has won 27 Grammys including the Grammy Legend Award in 1991. Knight (who once starred with Kermit the Frog on the Muppet Show), has won seven Grammy Awards and Brandy has a net worth of $60 million as a singer at only the age of 35.
In 2004, Tamia performed her greatest musical hit. The song “Into You” on the album “More” went to No. 1 on the Billboard R&B Chart. Other hit singles are “Stranger in My House” in 2001, “Me” in 2006 and “Beautiful Surprise” in 2012.
Beautiful Surprise is Tamia’s latest album to date. The album has been very popular in not only the United States, but South Africa as well. In April of 2014, Tamia went on a South African tour where she performed in Cape Town, Johannesburg and Port Elizabeth.
In 2003, Tamia was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. Her and her husband did not immediately go public with her diagnosis, as they wanted to learn more about the illness first. She has said that the symptoms of her multiple sclerosis have improved.
Tamia has been very active in charities. Among the organizations she has worked for include Save the Music, the Ronald McDonald House, Prevent Child Abuse America, Habitat for Humanity and Multiple Sclerosis in Canada.
Tamia is currently working on her sixth album and has no concerts or musical events planned. She lives in Isleworth, Fla. with Grant Hill and her two daughters.