Tameka Harris was born on July 14, 1975, and entered the world of fame as a member of the early 1990s R&B girl group, Xscape. She joined the group in 1992 at the young age of 17 and was the lead singer of several of the group’s hit singles. She has also recorded soundtracks for a few films, including the 1995 “Bad Boys” action comedy film. Following the disbandment of Xscape, Harris ventured into television, releasing her very first series called “Tiny and Toya” and later, one with her husband T.I., “T.I. & Tiny: The Family Hustle,” receiving wide recognition for both. There’s more to explore about the life of this television star as we celebrate her birthday!
Tameka Dianne Cottle Harris
July 14, 1975
Tameka Harris, an American singer-songwriter and television personality, rose to popularity during the 1990s as she entered the music industry. She was born on July 14, 1975, in College Park, Georgia. Harris was exposed to music from a young age. Her father, Charles Pope, and uncle, Joseph Pope, formed an R&B group called The Tams and made music from the early 1930s until 1996. While attending Tri-Cities Performing Arts High School in 1992, the 17-year-old joined the Xscape R&B group. The group signed with So So Def Recordings soon after being discovered by the record label’s founder, Jermaine Dupri, when they performed at his birthday celebration.
Her music career as a member of Xscape flourished as she won two Soul Train Music Awards for Best New R&B Artist and Best R&B Album. The group also won an A-Town Music award for Best Duo/Group. Harris was the lead singer of six of Xscape’s hit singles and has also recorded soundtracks outside of the group for various movies such as the 1995 drama film “Panther” and action comedy “Bad Boys,” and in 1997 for the comedy-drama film “Soul Food” and romantic drama “Love Jones.” The girl group parted ways after the release of their third album “Traces of My Lipstick” in 1998. Although the group parted ways, they kept in close contact. In 2000, Harris and Kandi Burruss from Xscape collaborated with girl group T.L.C. and wrote their hit single ‘No Scrubs’ which the duo won a Grammy Award for Best R&B Song. In addition to the Grammy, she received an American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers Award for the same song. Five years later, Xscape group members LaTocha and Tamika Scott, and one other, Kiesha Miles, united with Harris to work on a new album called “Unchained” which was released in 2005.
Harris ventured into television and released her first reality show with Antonia Toya Wright called “Tiny and Toya” in 2009 on B.E.T. channel. Within the same year, she married rapper T.I., and a year later, the newlyweds premiered their reality series “T.I. & Tiny: The Family Hustle.” In 2014, the television star ventured back into music, establishing her own music label Pretty Hustle and released her first solo single called ‘What The F*ck You Gon’ Do?’ which successfully reached number five on iTunes R&B/Soul charts within hours of its release. A day later, it reached number one on the charts. Within the same year, she released another reality series with her best friend Shekinah Anderson, called “Tiny and Shekinah’s Weave Trip.” The American star has two sons and one daughter with T.I. and an older daughter from a previous relationship.
Harris begins her music career at 17 years old and joins the Xscape R&B group.
Harris records soundtracks for the drama film “Panther” and the action comedy “Bad Boys.”
Harris and Burruss team up to write T.L.C’s hit single 'No Scrubs.'
Harris and Antonia Toya Wright release a reality series called “Tiny and Toya” on the B.E.T. channel.
Harris establishes her own music label Pretty Hustle and releases her first solo single called 'What The F*ck You Gon’ Do?'
Why We Love Tameka Harris
Her talent in songwriting and singing
She made it to the top of the music industry leading several of Xscape’s hit singles. We’ve also got to love the lyrics to T.L.C’s 'No Scrubs' and Ed Sheeran’s 'Shape of You' which was co-written by her!
Her petite figure
Harris’s short, petite figure is the absolute cutest! And she keeps it in shape too with daily workouts.
She’s a hustler
Harris has been on her hustle game since the beginning of her career. When her music career slowed down, she wasted no time and ventured into television, releasing three reality shows. She also went on to start up her own record label Pretty Hustle.
5 Surprising Facts
She was arrested for drug possession
Harris and T.I. were once arrested in Los Angeles for the possession of marijuana and ecstasy, however, they paid a $10,000 bail for their release.
She’s nicknamed Tiny because of her height
Harris’s petite 4-feet height and figure led to her nickname Tiny.
She had a stillbirth
Harris once experienced a complicated pregnancy and gave birth after six months to a stillborn baby.
She wrote 'Shape of You'
Harris and Burruss are credited for writing Ed Sheeran’s hit single 'Shape of You.'
She loves ab workouts
Ab workouts can be tough but Tiny loves them, stating that she loves doing ab workouts before moving on to leg workouts.
Tameka Harris FAQs
What are the allegations against rapper T.I. and Harris?
Rapper T.I. and his wife Harris are under police investigation over claims that the celebrity couple assaulted someone.
Did Harris change her eye color?
The singer and reality star wasn’t born with her current eye color. She proceeded with a dangerous procedure to change her eye color and she doesn’t regret it.
Does Harris have a new home in Atlanta?
It seems rapper T.I. and his singer wife Harris purchased a $3 million home in Atlanta in 2020.
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