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Mya

In The 'Mood'

MyaAmong the artists reaping the rewards of multi-tasking is Mya. Since the singer's 2000 album "Fear of Flying," she has earned a Grammy Award for her contribution to "Lady Marmalade" from the "Moulin Rouge" soundtrack and appeared in the Oscar-winning film "Chicago." Mya also served as a pitch woman for Coca-Cola.

But with the release this week of "Moodring," the Washington, D.C., native returns to what she calls the best fit: music. "I took control," Mya says. "It wasn't about being a stubborn artist. It was just something that I started on my own by calling up people and gathering musicians together."

In fact, she fronted funding for the album at the beginning of the studio process, "to create a playground for Mya," she says. "There were no expectations, because people didn't even know I was working on an album." First single "My Love Is Like ... Wo" is No. 28 on Billboard's Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks chart.