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 Parlophone 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 panelist on the ITV magazine show Loose Women since 2013.
Jamelia was born in Handsworth, Birmingham to single mother Paulette Davis. Her mother is Jamaican and her father is Zimbabwean.She grew up in nearby Hockley and attended a local primary school, Brookfields Primary School and then later attended the CTC Kingshurst Academy, formerly known as the City Technology College.
Jamelia was signed to Capitol Records at 15 after record producers heard recordings of her self-written a cappella songs that she had made on a karaoke machine.In late 1999, Jamelia recorded the single So High, a collaboration with fellow R&B vocalist Rosita Lynch. The single failed to chart in both the UK and mainland Europe, and did not appear on any of Jamelia's subsequent albums. Following the poor sales of the single, Jamelia left Capitol Records, but was quickly signed up with record company Parlophone, a branch of EMI.
Taking some time to record her début album, Drama, Jamelia returned to the music scene in early 2000 with the single "I Do", which became her first commercially successful single in the UK and mainland Europe, making the UK Top 40 and holding Top 20 positions in France and Sweden. The single's mediocre chart success, however, led to the delay of the release of Money. Jamelia's third single, "Money" (featuring rapper Beenie Man and co-written by UK The X Factor finalist Daniel De Bourg), was released in February 2000. The single was the singer's breakthrough in the UK, peaking at number five and spending nine weeks in the UK Top 75; it later won a MOBO Award for Best Video in 2000. Despite the success of Money, Drama did not make a major chart impression in the UK, where it peaked at number 39. The third single from the album, "Call Me", reached number 11, and the fourth single, "Boy Next Door", peaked at number 42. Recognition for the singer's early success came in late 2000 and 2001 at the BRIT Awards. Jamelia was nominated for Best British Newcomer, Best British Video and Best British Female.
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".
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.
Main article: Jamelia discography
Thank You (2003)
Walk with Me (2006)
Jamelia: Whose Hair Is it Anyway? (2008) – Herself
Crime Stories (2012) – Alice Dickson
Death in Paradise (2013) – Aimee Fredericks
Year Title Role Notes
2009 Move Like Michael Jackson Judge
2011 Jamelia: Shame About Single Mums Presenter
2013 I Love My Country House band singer (whole series)
2013–2014 The Voice of Ireland Coach/judge
2013— Loose Women Regular panellist
2015 Bear Grylls: Mission Survive Participant
Strictly Come Dancing Participant
Gok's Fashion Fix (2008) – Herself
8 Out of 10 Cats (2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2013) – Guest panellist
The House That Made Me Documentary (2010) – Herself
Never Mind the Buzzcocks (2000, 2006, 2008, 2009) – Guest panellist
Magic Boys (2011; post-production) – Cherry Valentine
Room 101: Extra Storage (12 February 2012) – Herself, guest
The Great Sport Relief Bake Off (15 January 2014) – Contestant
Tipping Point: Lucky Stars (16 August 2014) – Contestant
Celebrity Squares (10 September 2014) – Guest
All Star Family Fortunes (8 March 2015) – Contestant
Celebrity Benchmark (23 October 2015) – Contestant and benchmarker
Awards and nominations
Year Institution Award
2000 MOBO Awards Best Video – "Money"
2004 TMF Awards (Belgium) Meest Belovend
2004 Q Awards Best Single – "See It in a Boy's Eyes"
2004 MOBO Awards Best British Female
2004 MOBO Awards Best Single – "Thank You"
2004 MOBO Awards Best Video – "See It in a Boy's Eyes"
2004 Q Awards Best Single – "See It in a Boy's Eyes"
2005 Urban Music Awards Best R&B Act
2007 Eska Awards Best Foreign Singer
2007 Urban Music Awards Best R&B Act
2001 Brit Awards Best British Video – "Money"
2001 Brit Awards Best British Female
2004 Brit Awards Best British Female
2004 Brit Awards Best British Single – "Superstar"
2004 Mercury Music Prize Thank You
2005 Brit Awards Best British Female
2005 Brit Awards Best British Urban Act
2005 Brit Awards Best British Single – "Thank You"
2007 Brit Awards Best British Female
2005 NRJ Music Awards International New Artist of the Year
2007 Popjustice £20 Music Prize "Beware of the Dog"
2007 MOBO Awards Best British Female