In the field of R&B singers, Mya is a class act. In the field of sexy urban R&B/hip hop singer-dancers, she is virtually in a class by herself. Actually, Mya has quite a bit in common with 80s phenom Paula Abdul, only while Paula danced with the L.A. Laker Cheerleaders before breaking loose with her singing career, East-Coaster Mya performed with Washington D.C.’s T.W.A. (Tappers With Attitude), and then with the legendary Savion Glover (Bring In Da Noise, Bring In Da Funk) at the Dance Theater of Harlem.

Mya found a stronger calling in music as a singer, however. With the help of her father, a professional musician, she got heard by the right people and signed to Interscope Records. At the time her debut album was released, in the spring of 1998, she was just 18. The album, a song cycle about growing up, rose to number 13 on the Billboard R&B album chart. Her 2000 follow-up album made it to number 7, and her latest, Moodring, went to number 2, with the best likely yet to come. Mya’s smooth music and fluid moves should carry her, and her fans, well into the new millennium.