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Conversation with Mark Spicoluk about everything from YTV's Next Star (and what competitors and the parents of competitors can do to prepare for their audition) to the state of the Music Industry to performing with Sum 41 and Avril Lavigne and the difference between his judging style and fellow judge Keshia Chante.
Tamia was born and raised in Windsor, Ontario. As a child, she took acting and singing lessons, eventually performing in a number of local choirs and theatrical presentations. She soon earned a reputation and several awards, including the YTV Vocal Achievement Award in 1993. The following year, she won the Steve Ross Music Scholarship at the American Academy of Achievement's Annual Salute to Excel
lence in 1994.
That same year, she attended a fateful party thrown by her manager Brenda Richie for Luther Vandross. There she met producer Quincy Jones, who became taken with Tamia's talent during a one-song performance. Soon Jones had Tamia in the studio, recording "You Put a Move on My Heart" for Jones' new album, Q's Jook Joint. The song became a Top Ten R&B hit and earned her a Grammy nomination for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance. Another song on the album, a duet with Babyface entitled "Slow Jams," was nominated for Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group. She also sang "Missing You" with Brandy, Gladys Knight, and Chaka Khan on the soundtrack for the 1995 film “Set It Off.” With a Grammy nod for "Missing You,” this made for three nominations for Tamia, who hadn’t even released an album yet.
THE DONNER PARTY
Soon to be seen in "The Donner Party," playing Ann Fosdick, one of the few surviving members, Catherine made her stage debut at the age of 16, playing 'Juliet' in "Romeo And Juliet." She then went on to star in several Dora Award winning plays. On the big screen, Catherine has acted opposite Christian Bale in “American Psycho”, and has worked with director Amy Heckerling in “Loser”. Catherine has also worked extensively on the small screen, including co-starring in the ABC/Disney MOW “Mr. Headmistress”.
Select television credits include “I Love a Mummy” for BBC/YTV, “Blue Murder”, “In a Heartbeat” (Disney/Family) and recurring roles on “Odyssey 5” for Showtime, and “Show Me Yours”> However, the starring role in the docu-drama, “Letters to a Street Child” is among one of her favorite performances.
The multi-talented Catherine is also a classically trained mezzo-soprano who studied at the prestigious Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto who can sing in several languages, and an accomplished classical painter, which she considers a precious, creative form of expression. She just finished exhibiting her current collection; "Benevolence," in Toronto, and her paintings have been exhibited for several years internationally. She has also been commissioned by a Cuban missionary Orphanage to visually represent their children. career debut.
Catherine can be seen in theatres later this year in The Polish Brother film, "Stay Cool," opposite Winona Ryder and Chevy Chase.
Adamo Ruggiero of Degrassi: The Next Generation and host of the upcoming YTV talent show The Next Star will join us.
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