most successful black female entertainers, Birmingham-born singer Jamelia's career has spanned over
ten years. She was signed straight out
of school at the age of 15 to Parlophone, after impressing record executives with self-written a cappella songs.
In 2004, she had three top 5 hits from her album "Thank
You" - the seminal "Superstar" (no. 3), "Thank You" (
no. 2) and "See It In A Boy's
Eyes" (no. 5).
This was followed by another top 10 hit - "Stop"
the theme for the second Bridget Jones film.
success was emulated in
Europe where she was a continual
serious chart presence, and in
where she reached No 1.
Jamelia swept the board at the MOBOs winning four awards,
including "Best UK Act". She
won the Q awards for "Best Single" for "See It In A Boy's
Eyes" and was praised by Bono and Elton John. Almost immediately after that she was signed
by the prestigious modelling agency
swiftly got her first contract as the face/legs of Pretty Polly and also a high
profile contract with Reebok.
She has strutted her stuff on the catwalk every year since
2007 for her
model friend and counterpart, Naomi Campbell and her Fashion for Relief
In 2008 Jamelia fronted her own ethnic haircare range
Jamelia also works with ActionAid, the Princes Trust and the
Food Aid branch of the UN, visiting
2009 saw Jamelia take on TV, writing her own
BBC3 on ethical hair
extensions, when she traveled to
was also one of the judges on
"Move Like Michael Jackson".
Jamelia has been privileged to meet Nelson Mandela and
perform for him.