Elizabeth T. Wyce Bingham a.k.a. Yummy (born January 7, 1986) is an American R&B/hip hop singer, songwriter. She sings soprano with a 4 octave range.
Elizabeth "Yummy" Bingham was born on January 7, 1986 to Dinky Bingham and Patricia Wyce. The godchild of both R&B legends Chaka Khan and New Jack King Aaron Hall, Yummy Bingham has been surrounded by music since her birth. Her father, Dinky Bingham is a noted musician, singer and producer who is responsible for hits from Changing Faces, New Edition, Kylie Minogue and Jaheim.
Her father being always on the road, Yummy grew up with her mother until age 10 when she was taken away due to allegation of abuses. She was put into her grandparents care in South Jamaica, Queens, New York. Because of the living conditions she was under with her mother, and going through custody battles and being pulled left and right by her family, it caused her to become an impulsive type person experiencing a tumultuous few years as a wild child, from 10 to 14 1. At 15, her father and stepmother got her again. Bingham moved to Dix Hills, New York on Long Island, and started to enjoy stability.
Early career (1998-2004):
Bingham started as the drummer in her church when she was 7 and then sang with the choir. When she was 9, a music teacher noticed her particular voice and enlisted her for a solo in a school concert, but Bingham, who was really shy when it came to perform, only got serious about singing around age 12 when everyone stopped trying to make her sing.
Bingham wrote and recorded her first demo at 12 with her father. They shopped the demo for a couple of month, and by the time of 2000, KayGee from Naughty By Nature was the only one interested in making something out of her. Around the same time, a producer her father was mentoring, Supa Dave West called her to record a song with De La Soul for the Osmosis Jones movie. It was the beginning of a long series of collaborations establishing Bingham as De La Soul's appointed vocalist.
In 2000, KayGee recruited her for his new girl group, Tha' Rayne and get them signed by Arista in 2001. The group provided vocals for acts such as Boyz II Men, Queen Latifah, Next and Jaheim.
As a member of Tha' Rayne, Bingham did get a taste of the spotlight with the group's appearance on Jaheim's hit single "Fabulous" as well as with Tha Rayne's own singles "Rock wit Me" (2002), "No L.O.V.E." (2002) and "Didn't You Know" (2003), produced by Rich Harrison. Their debut album Reign Supreme was expected for a March 2004 release but Arista folded in January and Tha' Rayne split up.
As soon as 2003, besides working with the group, Yummy Bingham started to sometimes strike out from the group to record hooks and background vocals for artists such as De La Soul, Talib Kweli, Black Sheep or Lupe Fiasco.
Solo career (2004-2007):
After leaving the group in early 2004, Yummy decided to concentrate first on her songwriting skills. She hooked up with producers such as Troy Oliver, Dre & Vidal, The Buchanans, or Jimi Kendrix, collaborating lyrically and vocally to artists like Tarralyn Ramsey, Amerie, Crystal Kay, Philly's Most Wanted, Shawn Kane, Ja Rule or Patti LaBelle.
By the same time, she was re-connecting with long-time no see family friend and grammy award winner Rockwilder. They started working together on songs for other artists: Destiny's Child, Mýa, Syleena Johnson, Mary J. Blige, JC Chasez or Busta Rhymes to name a few. Rockwilder offered Bingham to become a part of owning his record company Muzik Park, serving there as a signed artist as well as co-CEO, and making her one of the youngest female executive. At age 18 she became the youngest female CEO of a major-affiliated label ] and the youngest female record executive.
In 2004, Bingham was signed by Sylvia Rhone to Motown Records. Bingham was dubbed "the new princess of Motown". Her street single Come Get It (featuring Jadakiss) popped up first as a mixtape single and a digital single (released May 2005) but it was quickly embraced by the mainstream audiences so Rhone decided to give it a video and a radio impact in August 2005. The single turned into a moderate hit in the USA. As soon as October, the song was used in a Pontiac commercial. Also in 2005, Yummy's song "I'm Caught Up" debuted in the hit movie Beauty Shop starring Queen Latifah.
The following to "Come Get It" was the song Is It Good To You originally intended for Destiny's Child and produced by Rockwilder. The single was ready to hit the radios in March 2006, but radio DJs didn't pick out the tune, so Motown quickly decided to change the single to One More Chance which impacted US radios on April 24. The single failed to chart but it beneficed of a good buzz among the Urban UK community, making it staying 5 weeks at #2 on the BBC Radio 1Xtra R&B Charts (based on the 12" vinyl sales in the UK). It came to the attention of Island Record Group (Motown's parent company in the UK) who selected Bingham for a UK release.
She was introduced to the English audience at the 2006 Notting Hill Carnival. During the Carnival, Yummy's Come Get It emerged on different music channels and she showcased the single live at BBC Radio 1Xtra's high profile Carnival Afterparty. When the single was released, it charted at #82 on the UK singles charts and #38 on the UK R&B Charts.
Yummy's debut album The First Seed was released in the UK on October 9. Yummy's second UK single One More Chance was edited as a promo single in November 2006 and originally announced for a December 11 release. The release was then delayed to first quarter 2007 but due to the lack of attention, it wasn't released at all.
By the beginning of 2007 Yummy left Muzic Park, changed her management and was released from her contract with Motown Records. She sang the theme song for hip hop poker TV show Hip-Hop Hold'em that premièred October 6, 2006 scoring an audience of 1.5 million.
She continued writing and recording for other artists and gave birth to a baby girl Aviela, in September 2007. She then reconcentrate on mainstream R&B and started working on her new album. Her song "Circles" was featured in the movie "King of Paper Chasin" released in October 2010. She also announced acting projects. June 2013 Yummy released a single off of her mixtape titled "Cuffin" Produced by Nyce Hitz & The Hitz Team. Her mixtape "No Artificial Flavorz" was released on January 7th, 2014 with Nyce Hitz/The Hitz Team.
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