Tamia Signs With Def Jam Ahead of New Album



Grammy-nominated singer Tamia has signed with Def Jam Recordings, signaling her return to the major label ranks. Her first album for the label -- and sixth overall -- is expected in spring 2015.

Tamia's most recent studio set, 2012's Beautiful Surprise, was released via her own Capitol/EMI-distributed label Plus One Music Group. The album, her first after a six-year hiatus, debuted at No. 6 on Billboard's Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart. She also garnered two Grammy Award nominations for her work on that album: best R&B song for the title track and best R&B album.

Currently signed to Chris Smith Management, Tamia first came to national attention in 1995 when Quincy Jones introduced her on the single "You Put a Move on My Heart." She later teamed with Brandy, Gladys Knight and Chaka Khan on the top 10 R&B single "Missing You" from the 1996 Set It Off soundtrack. Her other hits include "So Into You," "Stranger in My House" and her No. 1 R&B duet with Eric Benét, "Spend My Life With You." 

Tamia, wife of retired NBA star Grant Hill, shared a photo to announce the news via her Instagram account: