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R&B singer and Six-time Grammy nominated performer Tamia Hill began honing her stellar voice when she was still a child growing-up in Canada. Living near the
boogie down city of Detroit, the then-budding talent was musical history through its deep gospel tradition and booming Motown sound. From her brilliant debut single You Put a Move on My Heart, produced by Quincy Jones in 1994, to her more recent song cycle, Tamia possesses both a hypnotic charm and timeless voice. In her accomplished career, Tamia has collaborated with a diverse roster of artists including Babyface, Barry White, Missy Elliott, Rodney Darkchild
Jerkins, Gladys Knight, Eric Benet and Gerald Levert; in 2003, she recorded the #4 Billboard Hot 100 Chart hit studio album Beautiful Surprise, the singer aurally explores various genres of music, blending her special passion with each style and making them her own.

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  • Audio CD (August 28, 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Plus One Music Group
  • ASIN: B008BSM20Y
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (121 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #72,829 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By TiffanyMichele7 on August 28, 2012
Format: Audio CD
WOW Mrs. Tamia Hill has done it again; She's given the world real RnB that everyone can be proud of with the album Beautiful Surprise. This album is truly the blue print for RnB albums. It has smooth but strong ballads such as Love I'm Yours and Still Love You that can save radio stations from continuously playing low quality songs. Of course the album has songs that make you want to stop and grab the nearest person to you for a dance and listening to Him and Believe in Love makes me want to do just that. Effortlessly, the album sneaks in 2 country songs, Is It Over Yet and the remake of the 2004 classic Still. These tracks alone will make any listener a fan of country music; as Claude Kelly says, "Country and RnB music are like cousins" :)). Amazingly, the Beautiful Surprise album has given us what many RnB singers have moved away from and that's gospel. With the track Because of You, Tamia let's her fans know that the industry hasn't taken away her faith as she gives thanks to God for always lifting her up and getting her through hard times. Thus, this album truly is a must buy for all music lovers! Every song on this album is strong enough to stand on its own as a single; there's no album fillers on this baby! I've been a fan of Mrs. hill since I was 9 years old when she came out with the song You Put A Move On My Heart and I can honestly say she has never disappointed me with her music. This album is a work of art that deserves to win numerous awards. Now stop contemplating and Buy The Album!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Calvin on August 28, 2012
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I've been waiting for Tamia to release this album. I must say that I am very satisfied with this album. I haven't heard such a good R&B album in a while. She brings it back to the basics. Highly recommend this album to any R&B or Tamia fan. Great album!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By MAXIMILLIAN MUHAMMAD HALL OF FAME on October 12, 2012
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Tamia can truly sing and is very talented however after " you put a move on my heart" she hasn't gotten any memorable material to remind folks of her talents properly. the good news is that she still sounds strong and lively, the other side of that coin, its the usual heavy on the ballads and lite on the goods. nothing here really stands out at all. unless she ever gets the right material for her talent, i can see her on these award shows as a tribute act or used to sing hooks and she deserves better than that as a artist.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Parks on August 23, 2013
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Tamia is one of the most underrated artists in the industry. What I love and respect about her is the fact that she sings WHAT SHE WANTS TO SING. She is not compromising herself for anyone. So either you like it or you don't. My personal opinion is that she rocks! She makes good music and her style is all her own. She doesn't need to be somebody she's not to try and sell a song. When her career comes to a close (which will not be anytime soon), she can look back and be proud of her accomplishments. Point. Blank. Period. Haters can choke on that!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Queen B on January 12, 2013
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i like al of her music in fact i liked this whole cd but she have done better so this cd is okay
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Michael Malone on September 21, 2012
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Tamia is extremely talented, this CD is very smooth and easy on the ears. It is almost as if she can relate to the listener and is singing both about them and to them.
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By Shane Morgan on March 17, 2015
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Are you tired of the far from authentic and beyond washed-up so-called music playing on the airways? Then Tamia's latest album is sure to remind you what it truly means to not only have natural talent but to also deliver substantial songs that won't leave you feeling like throwing up. "Beautiful Surprise" is the epitome of r&b and soul, something very lacking at the moment. Thankfully, Tamia isn't fazed by trends and chooses to hold tight to her musical roots while belting out fresh melodies on each track.

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Lose My Mind plunges us into a groovy, sexy and laid back atmosphere. And though I enjoy the singer’s ability to transition between ballads and mid-tempos beautifully, I love her softer side more because her true vocal skills are always fully utilized in those. I just had to get that out of the way. Now, back to the opening track and its highlights. I’m fully appreciative of the emphasis of love throughout the album, from beginning to end. Lose My Mind is about missing your significant other when they’re not around. Tamia is in love so of course that side of her will come forth in most of her songs, but what’s great is how not overwhelming that is.

I adore Give Me You because of the sheer realness in the words. The song’s about understanding the importance of the small things and how money, expensive clothes, jewelry, and all the lavish and over the top things don’t really matter when it comes to love. There’s nothing better or more sweet of a gift to offer than your heart. This is such a beautiful track. And I must say the melodies are magically arranged. Love it.

While the first two depict missing love and giving love, the next is about getting hurt by love.
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6 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Perverted Alchemist on September 11, 2012
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When Canadian R&B singer Tamia made her debut in 1995, she was fresh out of high school. The young chanteuse made her debut on Quincy Jones' star-studded album "Q's Juke Joint", where she appeared on the songs "Slow Jams" as well as a cover of the Mica Paris album track "You Put A Move On My Heart". While everyone took notice to her, it took a while for her to release an album. Fast forward three years later, she delivered her self titled debut. The recording was anchored by two singles- the Jermaine Dupri featured "Imagination" as well as the Tim & Bob produced "So Into You". In 2000, she moved from Quincy's label Qwest Records to Elektra Entertainment for her sophomore effort "A Nu Day" featuring her signature song "Stranger In My House". Four years passed on when she released her third album "More". Unfortunately, the album was underpromoted due to it being released around the same time Warner Music Group decided to fold Elektra. As a result, Tamia went independent in 2006 with "Between Friends"- her first and only album for Image Entertainment.

After being away for six years, she returns with a new album "Beautiful Surprise"- her first album for her new label home EMI Records. Joining her is the production team The Runners (Rick Ross, Young Jeezy, Ace Hood) on three songs- the opening track "Lose My Mind", "Believe In Love" and "Him". She gets help from producer Salaam Remi (Nas, Amy Winehouse, Miguel) on the album's title track "Beautiful Surprise" and channels a Celine Dion influence on "It's Not Fair". She reunites with producer Shep Crawford on his lone contributions to the album "Love I'm Yours" and "Because Of You".
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