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Tiara Thomas
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Tiara Thomas

Singer, songwriter

Sector:EntertainmentAge: 32Los Angeles
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Multi-platinum singer/songwriter Tiara Thomas made it halfway to EGOT status after her Grammy win for "I Can't Breathe" and Oscar win for "Fight For You" from "Judas and the Black Messiah."

Tiara Thomas catapulted to fame as the co-writer, co-producer and singer on Wale's 2013 hit single, "Bad." The song that began in her Ball State dorm as an acoustic riff inspired by Trillville's "Some Cut" went triple platinum, peaking at Not. 21 on the Hot 100 and No. 5 on both the Hot R&B and Rhythmic charts. The self-taught guitarist transcends labels and genres, citing Lauryn Hill, Kirk Franklin, Elton John, and Tupac as her inspirations. "I make a lot of sexy R&B music," Thomas shared, "but my style is to mix genres. Something that sounds urban but with a touch of pop; not straight-up R&B. It's definitely a wider range than that." In 2017, she opened for her fellow singer/songwriter/musician H.E.R. for the Lights On Tour. The pair would go on to make music magic together with "I Can't Breathe," written in response to the death of George Floyd. The hit would win Song of the Year at this year's Grammy Awards. Weeks later, Thomas and H.E.R. would strike gold again with an Oscar for "Judas and the Black Messiah's" "Fight For You." Now, Thomas is ready to bless the world with her own solo debut album this year.

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