|Birth name||Tamika Scott|
|Born||November 19, 1975|
College Park, Georgia, United States
|Genres||Contemporary R&B, soul, hip-hop, New Jack Swing|
|Occupation(s)||Singer-songwriter, record producer, actress, television personality|
|Labels||So So Def Recordings, Columbia, (1992-1998)|
|Associated acts||Xscape, Tameka "Tiny" Cottle, Kandi Burruss, LaTocha Scott|
Tamika Scott (born November 19, 1975)  is an American R&B singer, songwriter, and occasional actress. She is best known as a member of the multi-platinum selling R&B group Xscape, who rose to popularity in the 1990s.
Biography[edit | edit source]
Early life[edit | edit source]
Scott was born in Atlanta, Georgia. Her mother Gloria McFarlin was a teacher and her father Randolph Scott a pastor. Music was a constant in Scott's life as her father and two uncles sang in a group called the Scott Three in the 1970s. By age six, Scott had begun singing in church, weddings, and local talent shows. She lives with her husband (Darnell), and daughters Taniyah and Armani. Taniyah who goes by the stage name "Young Niyah" is an upcoming artist herself.
1991-1992: Xscape beginnings[edit | edit source]
While attending Tri-Cities performing arts high school in East Point, Georgia, Tamika met Kandi Burruss. The three(along with LaTocha Scott began singing together and recruited a fourth member, Tamera Coggins, though her time with the group was short-lived. Soon Tameka "Tiny" Cottle was asked to audition for the girls, and Xscape was officially formed. After the group's major debut performance at BET's Teen Summit in 1992, the girls were introduced to record executive Ian Burke, who later became the group’s manager. Xscape soon caught the attention of Jermaine Dupri, who later signed the group to his So So Def Recordings.
1993-1999: Xscape success[edit | edit source]
The group released their debut album Hummin' Comin' at 'Cha on October 12, 1993. The album peaked at number seventeen on the U.S. Billboard 200 and number three on the Top R&B Albums chart. It was a critical and commercial success, certified platinum within a year, and launched two hit singles, "Just Kickin' It" and "Understanding"; both entered the top 10 on the Billboard Hot 100 and peaked at number one on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart. The follow-up singles, "Love on My Mind" and "Tonight", did not achieve the same success. The group later appeared on The Mask soundtrack and the soundtrack for the 1995 film Panther, featuring the single "Freedom".
Xscape released their second studio album, Off the Hook, in 1995. Much of the album's production was by Jermaine Dupri and featured guest vocals from MC Lyte. Four singles were released. "Feel So Good" and "Who Can I Run To" peaked at #32 and #8 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart respectively. The latter release, "Can’t Hang/Do You Want To", was a joint single and reached the top ten of the Billboard R&B charts. "Off the Hook" was certified platinum in 1995. In 1996, the group was featured on MC Lyte's single "Keep On, Keepin' On", which appeared on the Sunset Park soundtrack. The single reached the top 10 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. In 1997, as the group's popularity grew, they appeared on the soundtracks of the films Love Jones and Soul Food.
In 1997, the group found new management and released their third studio album, Traces of My Lipstick in 1998. The album entered the Billboard 200 at number 28, and featured top 10 hits "The Arms of the One Who Loves You" and "My Little Secret", which LaTocha Scott co-wrote with Jermaine Dupri, earning the pair an ASCAP Rhythm and Soul Music Award. In early 1998, Xscape was featured on the Keith Sweat-produced single, "Am I Dreamin'", by R&B newcomer group Ol' Skool.
1999: Xscape disbandment[edit | edit source]
The dynamic of the group had changed by the third album, which led to LaTocha Scott leaving the group in 1999 to pursue a solo career. Subsequently, the group went on hiatus.
2000-2009: After Xscape[edit | edit source]
In 2004, Scott, along with LaTocha Scott, Tameka "Tiny" Cottle, and new member Kiesha Miles, attempted to revamp Xscape. They released the single "What’s Up" in 2005, but the reconciliation was short-lived and the group ultimately disbanded in 2005.
Around the same time, Scott made her first TV appearance in a 2004 episode of Tyler Perry's Meet the Browns.
2010-present[edit | edit source]
Tamika Scott released a new single entitled "Greatest Gift" for Tyler Perry's Daddy's Little Girls, released in 2007.
When Xscape reunited in 2017, they announced they would be releasing a biopic about the band. In the biopic, Scott plans to be played by her daughter. The band was followed by Bravo as they prepared for the 2017 Essence Festival. The footage was made into a four-part television series called Xscape: Still Kickin' It. Tensions arose between band members during the show, and when asked about how the band was doing, Scott joked that they needed therapy.
In 2017, Scott had a "wardrobe malfunction" on stage when she tripped over her jumpsuit and fell. Scott revealed on Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen that when she got pregnant while in Xscape, her producers threatened to kick her out of the band if she didn't have an abortion. She refused and had her daughter Oshun. Scott was spotted with crutches in 2018, and when questioned she admitted she'd injured herself on a home-installed sex swing with her husband.
Personal life[edit | edit source]
Tamika Scott is the youngest daughter of Rev. Randolf Scott and Gloria McFarlin. In 1994, she gave birth to her first daughter O'shun Reney. In 1999, she would give birth to her daughter Taniyah Breney and in 2013 should would give birth to her daughter Armani. Tamika has been married twice, her first marriage to a man named Darrius and Tamika currently is married to a New Yorker named Darnell, who works as her personal bodyguard and does security work.
In December of 2017, Tamika's daughter Oshun announced that she was pregnant, giving Tamika her first grandchild. The baby is due to arrive in the world in June of 2018.
Discography[edit | edit source]
Filmography[edit | edit source]
|2009||There's A Stranger in My House||Harmony||Supporting role|
|2018||Conundrum: Secrets Among Friends||-||Pre Production|
|1994||The All-New Mickey Mouse Club (MMC)||Herself as a Guest Mousketeer||The Guest Day Episode of Season 7|
|2013||R&B Divas: Atlanta||Herself||Season 2|
|2017||Xscape: Still Kickin' It||Herself||Main Cast|
References[edit | edit source]
- "Tamika Scott". IMDb. Retrieved 2018-03-25.
- "Famous Women of Atlanta". Essence.com. Retrieved June 1, 2012.
- "Xscape". BET.com. Archived from the original on January 17, 2013. Retrieved June 1, 2012.
- Bush, John. "Xscape". AllMusic.com. Retrieved April 4, 2012.
- "Xscape reveals who they would like to play them in biopic". Rolling Out. 2017-07-06. Retrieved 2018-03-27.
- "Xscape Reunites After 18 Years at 2017 BET Awards". Us Weekly. 2017-06-26. Retrieved 2018-03-27.
- "Xscape Reveals What It's Really Like Reuniting on TV After 20 years". E! Online. Retrieved 2018-03-27.
- "Xscape's Tamika Scott Falls During Epic Wardrobe Malfunction Onstage". TMZ. Retrieved 2018-03-27.
- "Tamika Scott Reveals She Was Pressured to Have an Abortion During the Height of Xscape's Success". Bravo TV Official Site. 2017-11-13. Retrieved 2018-03-27.
- "Xscape Singer Tamika Scott Reveals She Was Pressured to Have an Abortion | LifeNews.com". www.lifenews.com. Retrieved 2018-03-27.
- Report, Electronic Urban (2018-03-01). "Tamika Scott of 'Xscap3' Reveals How She Injured Herself Using a Sex Swing". EURweb. Retrieved 2018-03-27.
- "Youll Never Believe How Tamika Scott Of Xscap3 Injured Herself In Her Sex Dungeon". Essence.com. Retrieved 2018-03-27.
- "Tamika Scott IMDB".
- "Glambaby Tamika Scott".
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