Jamelia Niela Davis (born 11 January 1981) is a British recording artist, television presenter and actress.
Jamelia was born in Handsworth, Birmingham to single mother Paulette Davis. Her mother is Jamaican and her father is Zimbabwean.
She has released three studio albums, each of which has reached the Top 40 in the UK, which collectively have spawned eight UK top ten singles.
Her career has spanned over ten years after being signed straight out of school at 15 to a major record label.
Jamelia’s professional music career began in 1999, when she released her debut single, “So High”, followed by a more successful single, “I Do”. She then released her debut full-length studio album, Drama, in June 2000. Jamelia went on to release further successful singles, including “Superstar” and “Thank You” which charted at number three and number two on the UK Singles Charts respectively, with “Superstar” charting at number one in Australia and becoming platinum certified in Australia.
She went on to further release another two studio albums, Thank You (2003) and Walk with Me (2006), before leaving Parlphone following a dispute with executives over the release of “No More”, the third offering from Walk with Me.
Jamelia’s ten-year-successful career span has led her to becoming a judge on shows such as Move Like Michael Jackson in 2009.Her filmography also includes her own TV documentaries, including Jamelia: Whose Hair Is It Anyway (2008), her own edition of the popular Channel 4 show, The House That Made Me and in 2011, her own BBC Three documentary, Jamelia: Shame About Single Mums. In 2010 she signed a new record deal with All Around the World Productions.
She has been a panellist on the ITV magazine show Loose Women since 2013.
Jamelia revealed on Loose Women that she grew up without her father and he rejected her invitation to her wedding.
Jamelia has a child, Teja (born 18 March 2001), from a previous relationship with music manager Terry Wallen, who had inspired the song “Thank You”, a song about domestic violence.
In August 2007, Jamelia split from boyfriend Darren Byfield; the couple have a daughter Tiani (born 21 October 2005). They were reconciled a couple of months later, and in October 2007 announced their engagement. On 15 June 2008, it was reported the couple had married on the previous day in West Sussex. On 3 November 2009, it was announced that they were filing for divorce.
She participated at Peta’s campaign Would Rather Go Naked Than Wear Fur.
She has a net worth of 4 million dollars, and continues to be a vocal advocate for racism, animal rights and women’s rights.
Check out Jamelia- Superstar, below.