Mýa, an American singer, is celebrating 25 years in the industry.
Her debut single was the Billboard Hot 100 top ten hit “It’s All About Me” with Sisqó, released on February 14, 1998. But, according to DancehallMag, most Jamaicans know her for her collaboration with Beenie Man on the smash hit single “Girls Dem Sugar” (2000). The outlet adds that she’s also worked with Jah Cure, on “Only You” (2019), Ding Dong, on “Handsfree” (2019), and Spice, on “Take Him Out” (2011).
The singer, who released memorable R&B singles such as “Case of the Ex” and “Fallen”, is said to have noted that the support from fans globally has been her fuel after all this time, and believes that she has yet to maximize her potential.
“I love music. Whether it’s songwriting, expressing myself—obviously Performing is an extension of that. I’ve been performing since I was a kid so it’s something I love to do. My dad still performs. He’s a singer. I love music though, and I love people and people keep me going. It’s all about them at the end of the day and when you give you receive. But, I have much better on the way. My best art and work is coming. I finished two albums during the pandemic and it’s beautiful and it’s timeless so I can’t wait to share that,” she said.
When the now 43-year-old singer burst onto the scene — at just 18 years old — it was an anomaly for a mixed-race female to dabble in pop music. However, Mya said that, from the inception, her career was built on experimentation.
“I was with a label that didn’t understand R&B and they were all rap and Rock so it was kinda like testing the experiment to figure out what this is and I had a lot of support so we were just trying to figure it out ,” she explained.