Jamelia real name Jamelia Davis (born January 1981)is a r&b singer from the UK who has had several Top 40 hits in that country. Her song "Superstar" went to number one in Australia and New Zealand in early 2004 and went top 10 in the UK , Switzerland, Austria, Belgium and the Netherlands in 2003 and 2004.
Jamelia was born Jamelia Davis in Birmingham, England. Growing up in the Midlands, she listened to plenty of urban r&b. She was signed to Parlophone at the age of 15 when she impressed their A&R man by singing songs that she had written acapella.
At 18, she released her first single "So High" and went on to have four songs go into the Top 40 in the UK from her album "Drama" released in 2000 The most successful of those was "Money" featuring a guest vocal from Beenie Man which went top 5 in 2000. She was nominated for five Mobo Awards in 2000 winning one. The Independent on Sunday wrote "a poised 19 year old, Jamelia has the homegrown talent to give Missy Elliott a run for her money."
Jamelia got pregnant in 2000 and had a baby girl in March 2001. She put her career on hold for a couple of years to bring up her daughter.
Jamelia came back in 2003 with single "Bout" written with C Swing who had also written Money and featuring Rah Digga. It was her fifth top 40 hit followed by Superstar which gave her international success in Europe, Australia and New Zealand. "Superstar" also appears on the Queer Eye for the Straight Guy soundtrack. Her second album "Thank You" followed soon after featuring collaborations with Bubba Sparxx on "Club Hoppin" and Asher D of So Solid Crew on "Off da Enz". "Thank You" reached number 4 on the UK album charts as at 7 March and the title track reached number 4 on the UK singles charts as well as going top 10 in Ireland.
In March 2004, she signed up with a modelling agency run by Naomi Campbell. Chris Martin of Coldplay asked her into the studio to contribute to the bands forthcoming album. She told BBC Radio 1: "The song itself is really amazing, it's really, really good. I can't wait for everyone to hear it because I think it's amazing I really do. He's kind of stayed true to his indie roots and I've stayed true to my r&b roots, we've kind of fused together and its something fresh and brand new that people haven't heard before."