Mya (R&B Singer):Speaks on being a Independent Woman :Video:

by missIndi

We ran into Mya and she gave us her definition of a independent woman. She also said that she can’t wait until the film comes out.

Mya Speaks on being a Independent Woman .

Thanks for the Co-Sign Mya, We love you !

Grammy Award Winning Artist Mýa, is celebrating 14 years in the entertainment industry as an internationally known, respected singer, songwriter, producer, dancer/choreographer, actress, designer, model, activist and philanthropist. In Fall 2009 Mýa entertained the world and impressed millions as the highest scoring contestant on ABC’s Season 9 of Dancing With The Stars. Mýa also created her own label, Planet 9, and released the first of a series of independent music compilations, Sugar & Spice LP and “The Perfect Edition” double disc in Japan in 2008 & 2009. Mýa finished out the decade as one of Billboard’s Hot 100 Artists Of the Decade, and was featured on a number of diverse charts & top 10 lists from Fuse‟s Sexiest Videos of All Time to VH1 Latin America’s Top Videos of The Decade. In 2010 we will see various musical releases from Mýa including collaboration with Cedric Gervais of Ultra Records, the world’s top dance label, titled “Love is The Answer.” In 2010 Mýa also reprised her role as National Spokesperson for The North Shore Animal League‟s Tour For Life and is featured in the Wyclef Jean remake of We Are the World, to benefit Haiti.

Washington, DC native Mýa released her self titled, double platinum, debut album, Mýa, in 1998. The album launched the then 18 year old Mýa into the fabric of pop-culture, where she has remained ever since. Mýa featured the massively successful singles “It’s All About Me”, “Movin On”, and “My First Night With You”. In addition to her solo work, Mya was also a featured artist with Ol’ Dirty Bastard on Pras’ 1998 Grammy nominated hit, “Ghetto Supastar (That Is What You Are)”, from the Bulworth soundtrack and “Take Me There” from The Rugrats Movie soundtrack, with Blackstreet and Ma$e. In 2000, Mýa released her second album, Fear of Flying. Its first single, “The Best of Me”, featured rapper Jadakiss and Jay-Z appeared on the single‟s hit remix ”Best of Me-part 2.” Following the massive success of the second single “Case of the Ex”, Fear of Flying was re-released featuring the brand new smash, and third single, “Free.” Just as Fear of Flying went platinum, Mýa recorded “Where the Dream Takes You” the theme song for Walt Disney’s Atlantis: The Lost Empire.

In May 2001, Mýa collaborated with Christina Aguilera, Lil’ Kim, P!nk and Missy Elliot on a remake of LaBelle’s “Lady Marmalade”, which is featured in Baz Luhrman’s Moulin Rouge. The single sold 5.5 million copies and became the most successful airplay-only single in history. Mýa and company’s version of “Lady Marmalade” won the Grammy Award for Best Pop Collaboration and went on to collect numerous awards including 2 MTV Video Music Awards for Video of the Year and Best Video from a Film.

In 2003, Mýa released her third studio album, the critically acclaimed, Moodring, featuring the hit singles including “My Love Is Like Wo” and “Fallen” and the club circuit favorite, “Whatever Bitch.” Moodring also featured “Everything or Nothing”, the theme song for the 2004 video game James Bond 007: Everything or Nothing in which Mýa was featured as a Bond Girl, and “Real Compared to What” the 2003 Coca-Cola theme song, for whom Mýa was a spokesperson at the time. Mýa and Madonna are the only two artists to perform a Bond song and act in their respective Bond projects: Mýa plays NSA Agent Mya Starling in Everything or Nothing while Madonna plays fencing coach Verity in Die Another Day.

As an actress, Mýa appeared in numerous television shows and films such as the Academy Award-winning musical film Chicago (2002), for which she won a Screen Actors Guild Award. Other film and television highlights include; ”The Heart Specialist” (2011), BET’s “Love For Sale” (2009), “Cover” (2008) “Penthouse” (2008-Post), “BottleWorld” (2008-Post), “The Metrosexual” (2007 post), “Yo Gaba Gaba” (2007), “Ways of the Flesh” (2006), “The Bible Project” (2006), “Navy NCIS: Naval Criminal Investigative Service” (2005), 1-800-Missing (2005), “Cursed” (2005), “Shall We Dance” (2004), “1-800-Missing” (2004), “Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights” (2004), “Haunted” (2002), “Volcano High” (2001), In Too Deep (1999) Sister Sister (1998) and BET’s Teen Summit (1996-1997).

As a philanthropist, Mýa continues to devote her time and resources to various causes. From 1998 to 2001, she became the spokesperson for Secret to Self Esteem. In 2005, Mýa founded TMATF: The Mýa Arts & Tech Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing disadvantaged youth growth and opportunity through arts & technology education, where she serves as both executive director and teacher. Mýa is also an advocate of breast cancer as her mother is a 13 year survivor. In 2006 & 2007 she collaborated with the Lifetime Television Network in the Stop Breast Cancer for Life campaign, recording “My Bra” a song sold on iTunes donating 100% of proceeds to breast cancer research. In 2007, Mýa was also the internationally featured artist in Heatherette’s Fashion Show for LifeBall in Vienna, Austria to fight Global AIDS, hosted a fundraiser for Skool’d to aid homeless LGBT youth, and advocated equality by opening the Out 100 Awards.

After the accidental release of her 4th anticipated album “Liberation” in Japan by her label Motown/Universal at the time, Mya chose to part ways with her label Motown/Universal versus spending a year in court suing them over the negligence. The mishap was a blessing in disguise as the Japanese market positively responded and requested more. In 2007, Mya empowered herself, created her own label Planet 9, teamed up with a Japanese company Manhattan Records and released the successful “Sugar & Spice” album exclusively in Japan in December 2008, followed by “The Perfect Edition” double disc set in August 2009.

In 2008 Mýa appeared on CBS’s “Secret Talents of the Stars”, was featured in the national (RED) campaign for Dell + Microsoft, acted as the national spokesperson for the North Shore Animal League’s 2008 Tour For Life, served as a National Co-Chair of HillBlazers (Secretary of State Hillary Clinton‟s youth outreach program), continued to act as a committee host for VH1′s Save the Music, and was a featured contributing celebrity editor for the premiere web-based glam and fashion magazine BeautyBlitz.com. Mýa was set to make her Broadway debut in “Chicago” as Velma Kelly, but postponed her debut due to a broken foot. In 2009 Mýa continued her philanthropic efforts by chairing the 2009 Operation Smile Event, participating in the literary project, “If I’d Known Then: Women in Their 20′s and 30′s Write Letters to their Younger Selves”, by Ellen Spraggins, and accepting an Honoree award for her work with NSALA and continued support of animal welfare. Mýa continued her social efforts in 2010 by partnering with Cyndi Lauper’s TRUE COLORS: Give A Damn PSA, NOH8 campaign, NSALA 2010, and assisting in various HAITI relief efforts, among other philanthropic initiatives.

In 2010, Mya also released her 1st mixtape “Beauty & the Streets” Vol 1 for fans independently via Planet 9/Young Empire with distribution through Fontana/Universal While recovering from ankle surgery due to her injury acquired on Dancing With the Stars, in 2010 Mya went to work once again in the studio with various producers executive producing yet another album.

In January 2011, Mya became Good Will Ambassador for Africare (africare.org) an organization of over 40 years assisting the welfare of over 36 African countries. In February 2011, she once again appeared on the big screen alongside Zoe Zaldana, Brian White, Wood Harris & others in “The Heart Specialist.” In April 2011, Mya released her 7th studio album “K.I.S.S.” (Keep It Sexy & Simple) in Japan reaching No. 1 on the charts once again. On December 20th, 2011, Mya digitally released “K.I.S.S.” Deluxe Version in the U.S. & Canada featuring 6 brand new songs. On February 14th, Valentine’s Day, Mya will digitally release K.I.S.S. World Deluxe Version in all territories worldwide on iTunes via InGrooves. Physical orders of the World Version become available on Amazon.com & myamya.com on February 14th.

Mýa has spent the past decade developing her artistry, entertaining the world, and advocating causes close to her heart. In these 10 plus years Mýa has grown into a woman with a newfound strength that stems from changes, professionally and personally: Mýa speaks openly from her heart, soul and mind, “I feel that I’ve found my true artistry.” Mýa said. In the past couple years Mýa reprioritized her vision and awakened a new sense of passion within herself. She invested in building her own studio, studied sound engineering, began engineering, writing, executive producing, funding & independently releasing her projects. “I just knew that I had to get back to my roots and rediscover what excited me in the first place. I have all this creative energy and all these ideas, so I thought, let me, build a studio, vibe, put my own crew together, get creative, help create opportunities for others and do what I love to do.” And still Mýa is a humbled woman liberated, focused and driven to continue to inspire, innovate and keep audiences on their feet, to her own signature inspired beat, for the years to come.
Awards and achievements

1999
– Lady of Soul nomination for Best Music Video (“Movin’ On”)
– Soul Train Music Award nomination for Best R&B/Soul or Rap New Artist
– Soul Train Music Award nomination for Best R&B/Soul Album – Female (Mya)
– NAACP Image Award nomination for Outstanding New Artist
– Grammy Award nomination for Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group (“Ghetto Superstar”)

2000
– Soul Train Music Award nomination for Best R&B/Soul Album – Female (Fear of Flying)

2001
– Billboard Video Award win (“Lady Marmalade”)
– MTV Video Music Award win for Best Video of the Year (“Lady Marmalade”)
– MTV Video Music Award win for Best Video from a Film (“Lady Marmalade”)
– MTV Video Music Award nomination for Best Dance Video (“Lady Marmalade”)
– MTV Video Music Award nomination for Best Pop Video (“Lady Marmalade”)
– MTV Video Music Award nomination for Best Choreography (“Lady Marmalade”)
– MTV Video Music Award nomination for Best Art Direction (“Lady Marmalade”)
– VH1 Music Awards win for Is It Hot In Here Or Is It Just My Video (“Lady Marmalade”)
– VH1 Music Awards win for My Favorite Video (“Lady Marmalade”)
– Radio Music Awards win for Song of the Year Top 40 Pop Radio (“Lady Marmalade”)
– MOBO nomination for Best Album (Fear of Flying)
– Teen Choice Awards win for Choice Song Of The Summer (“Lady Marmalade”)
– TMF Awards-Belgium win for Best Video of the Year (“Lady Marmalade”)
– TMF Awards-Netherlands win for Best Video of the Year (“Lady Marmalade”)

2002
– ALMA Awards win for Outstanding Song In A Motion Picture Soundtrack (“Lady Marmalade”)
– ASCAP Pop Music Awards win (“Lady Marmalade”)
– BMI Award win (“Lady Marmalade”)
– Channel Thailand Music Video Awards win (“Lady Marmalade”)
– Grammy Award win for Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals (“Lady Marmalade”)
– MTV Japan Video Music Award win (“Lady Marmalade”)
– MVPA Video Award win for Best Styling In A Video (“Lady Marmalade”)

2003
– MTV Video Music Award nomination for Best Dance Video (“My Love is Like..Wo”)
– MTV Video Music Award nomination for Best Choreography in a Video (“My Love is Like..Wo”)
– Screen Actors Guild Award win for Outstanding Performance by the Cast of a Theatrical Motion Picture (“Chicago”)
– Phoenix Film Critics Society Award nomination for Best Acting Ensemble (“Chicago”).
– Broadcast Film Critics Association Award win for Best Acting Ensemble (“Chicago”).

2005
– MTV Movie Award nomination for Best Frightened Performance (“Cursed”).

2006
– 11th Annual Palm Beach International Film Festival win for Cross Over Award (from singer to