The real Tamia will finally show up on her second album, due in September, the soul singer/songwriter said.
"They were saying, 'That's too gospel' or 'Be this, be that, be young,' " the Windsor, Ontarioborn singer said backstage at the Soul Train Awards in Los Angeles earlier this month. Tamia (born Tamia Washington) didn't name names, but producers on Tamia, her 1998 debut, included Jermaine Dupri and Quincy Jones.
On the new album, "I really get to be myself," the 23-year-old singer said. Rapper Missy "Misdemeanor" Elliott, whose "Hot Boys" single is in the top 10 on the Billboard R&B chart, produced several, according to Elektra publicist Lisa Jefferson. The still-untitled album also features tracks produced by Dallas Austin and Shep Crawford.