Tamia Truly is Loving Life With 'LoveLife'
“You’ve got to allow it come.” To a packed, plush room at SoHo House in The Meatpacking District, Tamia Hill gives an intimate look into her musical process. You maybe haven’t heard from her lately, but make no mistake, you will be hearing more from her very soon. With her sixth album, 'LOVELIFE' to be released in June, the summer’s about to get a lot hotter.
Maintaining her spot as an R&B queen for two decades, Tamia really has seen and done it all. She attributes part of her success to great producers and collaborators. You’ve seen her team up with Fabolos, Eric Benet, The-Dream, and more, but it’s very apparent that Tamia knows what she’s about. In regards to her upcoming album, she said recording was “ridiculously easy to do”. She’s no longer the 19 year-old who released "You Put a Move on My Heart" under the wing of Quincy Jones. She has grown as an artist and a woman, has an incredibly supportive home with her kids and husband (hello, Grant Hill) and feels so comfortable in her own skin, so the writing came easy this time around.
When asked what inspired 'LOVELIFE' to be so intimate, Tamia responded “I’m in a good space, I guess. It was really fast, and that’s just kind of where I’ve been.” The album only took 10 days to record in Atlanta, which initially worried her, thinking maybe it was too fast, but then her husband reminded her that Jay-Z recorded 'The Blueprint' in a weekend so…case closed. The album is yes, about loving life, but she made it very clear that it’s a love album, and that’s evident in the tracks. In this single-driven state of the music world, she holds firm the belief that it really is about the bigger picture. She said: “Singles don’t necessarily reflect the album, so you have to be consistent about what you’re putting out as a single--you want to draw people to the whole body of work.”
But speaking of singles, if you’re looking for hers, look no further than the video for “Sandwich and a Soda”. It’s a grown girl’s anthem that is not just about pleasing your man, but empowering yourself while doing so.
We make our way through many smooth, vibe-y tunes. One of them being “Chaise Lounge”, an incredibly sexy song featuring a D’Angelo-esque bassline. Some of Tamia’s old friends can be found on a few tracks, such as on “Special” where you can find The-Dream and Tricky Stewart. It truly was special, as both of them were with her six albums ago, and still are to this day. “This is such an intimate album, I feel so naked,” Hill confesses after playing a snippet of “Day One” for us. It’s a romantic and deeply sincere track that she wrote for her husband, about growing together and supporting each other. It’s a powerful, sweet song, to make even the biggest cynic’s heart swell.
Hill is looking forward to being on the road and getting these new songs out into the public. “They take on a new meaning when I start to perform them.” We’re looking forward to it too. It’s a very special moment to see an artist listen to their own music. After playing through her new songs, she pauses and smiles to the room. “Feels so good when you’re in that space.” And you can tell that Tamia truly is in a great place. With a huge, honest smile on her face, she opened up about going back and forth from a major label, to going independent for awhile, but that now she is thrilled to call Def Jam her home. They’re really allowing her to do her thing, and believing in what she’s doing. “It was refreshing and unexpected. They were like ‘We want you. We appreciate what you’re doing.” It’s great to see her being supported with a team behind her every step of the way.
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