Decades: 2000s


Jamelia Niela Davis, 11 January 1981, Aston, Birmingham, West Midlands, England. This UK R&B singer provided one of the highlights of 2000, when her dramatic, quasi-operatic single ‘Money’ broke into the UK Top 5. Davis grew up in the Midlands but her musical direction was influenced by America’s urban R&B scene, a form of music, which by the late 90s had begun to dominate the charts on both sides of the Atlantic. She signed a recording contract at the age of 15, and spent the next three years building towards her debut. She released a one-off single, ‘So High’, for Capitol Records in May 1999, before debuting on Parlophone Records’ Rhythm Series imprint two months later with ‘I Do’. This single reached the UK Top 40, but was overshadowed the following year by the success of ‘Money’. The track’s sweeping operatic hook and guest vocal from Beenie Man provided welcome relief from the glut of sound-alike...

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