What Happened to Mya?
Today’s we’ll take a look at another talented 90’s female artist and what is she doing now? We will look at her rise to stardom and how it slowly declined. Alright, let’s start from the beginning...
Mya Harrison was born on October 10th, 1979 in Washington D.C. Her family was in the music industry so she was born into it. Mya took an interest in music at a young age and took violin and dancing lessons. She started doing ballet at two years old and jazz and tap dancing when she was only four. She got a chance to study with one of the best tap dancers in the country Savion Glover. She dealt with alot of adversity when it came to her ethnicity, so she decided to help girl’s with self-esteem issues and be a speaker in the Secret of Self-Esteem program for adults.
From 1996 to 1998 she was a hip-hop dancer for BET’s Teen Summit and she was also a dance teacher for Camp Springs. Mya’s father was a professional musician and at 15 he helped her with her vocals for singing. They made a demo tape together in hope to launch her singing career. She caught the interest of University Music president. She graduated from high school and attended college, but her main focus then became her music career.
Mya signed with Interscope Records. She recorded her debut album for two years and it was released in April of 1998. She collaborated with Missy Elliot, Babyface, and Dru Hill to name a few. Her debut album Mya sold 1.4 million copies in the U.S and was high on the charts at number 29. It went platinum and worldwide sold two million copies. Some hit singles were “Movin’ On” “It’s All About Me” featuring Sisqo and “My First Night with You.” She earned several nominations for the Soul Train Music Awards as well.
Mya was featured on the Rugrats Movie soundtrack in 1998 for “Take You There” and the single instantly became a hit. She earned her first Grammy nomination for a collaboration single with Ol’ Dirty Bastard’s “Ghetto Superstar.” This single was a worldwide number one hit.
In 1999, she made her acting debut for film In Too Deep featuring LL Cool J and Omar Epps. She released her second album Fear of Flying in 2000 and it came in at number 15 on the billboard 200. Her single “Case of the Ex” helped the album become an international hit. The album was re-released and featured two new songs and she received a Soul Train Music Awards and MOBO nomination for best album. The album sold over a million copies and went platinum in the U.S.
Going into 2001, Mya performed to pay tribute to Janet Jackson at MTV Icon. She was also featured in Atlantis: The Lost Empire movie soundtrack with her single “Where the Dream Takes You.”
For her next music venture, she collaborated with Christina Aguilera, Lil’ Kim and Pink to remake Labelle’s hit single from 1975 “Lady Marmalade.” It spent five consecutive weeks on the Billboard 100 and was nominated for six awards, and won two for Best Video from a Film and Video of the Year in the 2001 MTV Video Music Awards. The following year, they won a Grammy award for the Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals.
In 2002, Mya tried out acting again and played a supporting role in the musical film Chicago and it made more than $306 million and became a success worldwide.
In 2003, she released her third album Moodring and it peaked at number three on the Billboard 200 selling more than 113,000 copies in its first week. “My Love is Like….Wo” and “Fallen” became hits on the charts and Moodring stayed in the charts for 18 weeks. The album became gold and sold over half a million copies.
In 2004, she dabbled again in acting and had small roles in Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights and Shall We Dance? Both films performed successfully. In 2005, she was supposed to release her fourth album, but she decided to leave her management and put a hold on it. She appeared in another film Cursed and guest starred in the second season on NCIS.
In 2006, she co-starred in a romantic comedy film The Heart Specialist. She also signed a record contract with Universal Motown and began working on her next album. This album was a bit out of her R&B element and her first single “Lock U Down” featured Lil Wayne. Liberation wasn’t successful and underperformed due to budget cuts.
In 2007, Mya co-starred in another romantic comedy film The Metrosexual, but the film only premiered at the Boston Film Festival. In 2008, he appeared in a thriller film Cover, and a direct-to-dvd romantic film Love For Sale. She departed from Universal Motown and signed with a Japanese R&B label Manhattan Records.
She released her fifth album with them called Sugar & Spice in 2009. She also played another supporting role in indie film Bottleworld. Mya took another turn and signed a deal with Young Empire Music Group and released her first mixtape Beauty & The Streets Vol.1 and it landed on the Billboard charts. Next, she was a contestant on season nine of Dancing with the Stars and placed second in the competition.
In 2011, she released her sixth album K.I.S.S (Keep It Sexy & Simple). It was released in Japan first and later in the U.S. The lead single was “Earthquake” featuring Trina and the album appeared on the charts.
A few years later, in 2014, Mya released some ep’s on her independent label Planet 9 for Valentine’s Day. Going into 2016, she released her 7th album, Smoove Jones. The album debuted at number 30 on the Billboard charts and received a Grammy nomination. Some singles from the album include “Welcome To My World” and “Team You.”
Her next album TKO (The Knock Out), released in 2018, which commemorated the anniversary of her debut album Mya. In 2019, she co-starred in Vh1’s reality TV series Girls Cruise along with Chili and Lil’ Kim. She’s continued to release singles and stay in the music world up till today, but her rise to stardom is far behind her. She collaborated with rapper Tory Lanez on his album Chixtape 5, which featured remakes to early 2000 hits and her most recent released single was “Space & Time” on May 29th, 2020.
Other than music, Mya had a Tommy Hilfiger lipstick named after her, became a spokesperson for Iceberg jeans and featured in some print ads, and she signed an endorsement deal with Coca-Cola in 2002. She opened for Boyz II Men and Sean Paul, while going on tour for her albums as well.
Mya has been through it while being in the music business from having record labels try to take advantage of her to having rumors spread about her relationship life. She developed Planet 9 because of these issues and she wanted to be in control of her life and her career. Planet 9 is her happy place and she’s expected to release another album in 2020. Mya is quite talented, creative and also well-rounded. She’s even downgraded her life just so she can focus on her music and that to me is the true definition of passion.