What­ever Hap­pened To... Mya

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Hey sista, go sista…

Re­mem­ber that cover of Lady Mar­malade in 2002? We were lit­er­ally ob­sessed with it when we were at school (which is a lit­tle weird now we think about the lyrics) but, you know, risqué was the or­der of the day in the noughties. R&B queen Mya was one of the di­vas on the smash hit. We loved her for her other tunes, like Case Of The Ex, too. But where on earth has she dis­ap­peared to?

Mu­si­cal roots

Mya was born into a mu­si­cal fam­ily in Wash­ing­ton DC in 1979. Dad Sher­man was a mu­si­cian and singer and passed his love of music down to Mya, who started play­ing the vi­o­lin. After get­ting into danc­ing, es­pe­cially hip-hop and tap, Mya be­gan singing, too. With the help of her dad, she ended up sign­ing a record deal with In­ter­scope.

Those tunes

Her first al­bum, 1998’s Mya, went Top 30 in the US charts and fea­tured guest ap­pear­ances from the likes of Missy El­liott and Sisqó. She also fea­tured on Pras’s huge track Ghetto Su­per­star, which hit the top spot in eight coun­tries. Her own sin­gle Case Of The Ex made num­ber three in the UK in 2001, be­fore Lady Mar­malade went to num­ber one in 11 coun­tries around the world. She also fea­tured in the movie Chicago in 2002.

Becky with the good hair?

Re­mem­ber when Bey­oncé re­leased Lemon­ade in 2014 and ru­mours flew around the in­ter­net about who ‘Becky with the good hair’ was? Well, Mya was forced to deny she’d had an af­fair with Bey’s hubby Jay-z, writ­ing on In­sta­gram: ‘Never did, never was, never will.’

Is she mak­ing a come­back?

Now 37, Mya was ac­tu­ally nom­i­nated for a Grammy ear­lier this year for her in­de­pen­dently pro­duced sev­enth al­bum Smoove Jones. She might be more un­der the radar right now, but that doesn’t mean she isn’t still mak­ing bril­liant music. She said: ‘This project is fully in­de­pen­dent – that’s amaz­ing for me. It’s just re­as­sur­ance and it feels great.’ A com­mit­ted ve­gan, you’ll also find her show­ing off some se­ri­ously healthy food over on In­sta­gram.

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With fel­low Lady Mar­malade singers P!nk, Christina Aguil­era and Lil’ Kim

She fea­tured on Pras’s Ghetto Su­per­star

Mya wowed in the video for Lady Mar­malade

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