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|Birth name||Issa Bayaua|
|Born||San Diego, California, U.S.|
Issa Bayaua, known professionally as Miss Issa, is an American model and singer. Issa is from San Diego, California but moved to Los Angeles to pursue a music career. Issa initially tried to gain recognition via the reality television series R U the Girl, but declined a contract wanting to remain a solo performer. She was later signed to Sound on Sound Entertainment and released the single "Stay Up", which featured the American rapper Fat Joe. Her debut album was released digitally in the US and it received a physical release in Japan. She later worked with record producer Jermaine Dupri on further material. Aside from her music career, Issa has modelled and appeared on the front cover of Young Money and Maxim.
Issa was born in San Diego, California and is the youngest of five siblings. She is of mixed Latin and Filipina decent with her Hispanic mother and her father born in the Philippines. Her mother was a singer and her extended family had a Mariachi band which lead Issa interested in music. She began singing from aged five following her mother's influence.
Issa moved to Los Angeles to pursue a music career. She auditioned for the UPN reality television series R U the Girl. The show aimed to find a new member for the girl group TLC. Issa became a finalist but when she viewed her contract she decided to decline because she felt that it limited her options. When Issa met with Kairi Bown who believed that she had potential and signed her to the Sound on Sound Entertainment label. Issa released her first single titled "Stay Up" which features the American rapper Fat Joe. A music video was released for the single.
Issa used the social networking platform MySpace to generate publicity and gained a following. In the March edition of Billboard it was reported that she had became "mighty popular" on the site, part of a general rise in growth of popular Latin music. As her popularity grew, Issa began appearing on the front cover of magazines including Young Money and Maxim. In March 2006, Issa was featured as the "Babe of the month" in Playboy magazine.
In 2006, Issa released her debut studio album titled Hurt No More via Sound on Sound Entertainment. The album contained twelve tracks all in the genres of R&B, hip-hop and soul. Outisde of the US, the album was released on CD in Japan on October 17, 2006. Issa described her music as "urban pop with a Latin twist." Issa had joint creative control on the album with producers. Issa appeared at the 7th Annual Latin Grammy Awards in 2006 from which she collaborated with America rapper Trina on the single titled "Boss Lady". In 2007, Issa began working on new music with the record producer Jermaine Dupri. Isaa described Dupri as already having been a "big influence" on her music style.
In 2009, Issa became an ambassador for the brandy distiller Hennessy, following the request of vice president Andy Glaser, who believed her "soulful rhythm and modern sophistication" matched his company's branding.
In 2009, her single "Throw Up" was greeted with much controversy as many radio stations refused to play the record stating that the title of the song is not radio-friendly. Consequently, the song was renamed as "Poison".
In the same year, Issa temporarily turned to pop music, as this time saw the release of her first dance-pop single, "Transformer".
- 2006: Hurt No More
- 2005: Stay Up (feat. Fat Joe)
- 2007: Let Me Be The One (Remix) (feat. Jim Jones)
- 2008: Boss Lady (feat. Trina)
- 2008: Reach
- 2009: Poison
- 2009: Transformer
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