TANYA BLOUNT

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Birth name Tanya Blount Born September 25, 1977 (age 38) Origin Washington, D.C., United States Genres R&B, soul Occupation(s) Actress, singer, author Years active 1993–present Labels Polydor Records Associated acts Steve “Silk” Hurley Chantay Savage 

 

Tanya Blount (born September 25, 1977, Washington, D.C., United States) is an African American actress, author and musician.

Blount was educated at Morgan State University, where she majored in psychology and sang in the university choir.

She secured a recording contract with Polydor Records at age 18, but at age 16 was featured in the film, Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit, where as the character “Tanya”, she performed a duet of “His Eye Is on the Sparrow” with Lauryn Hill.

Her first album, Natural Thing, was released in 1994 and peaked at number seven. The album’s first single “I’m Gonna Make You Mine”  peaked to #57 on Billboard’s R&B Singles chart. Two singles followed, “Through the Rain” peaking at #27 on Billboard’s R&B Singles chart  and “Hold On” at (#66)  by 1995 she received a nomination for Best New Artist at the Soul Train Awards.

Blount has had a consistent musical theatre career in productions including What Every Woman Wants, Sneaky, Preacher’s Kids, Born to Sing! and Christmas in Washington.

One of the first appearances of Blount’s more recent works, “Right Here”, was in the 2008 Tyler Perry film, The Family That Preys.

She is married to Michael Trotter Jr., with whom she formed the band The War and Treaty”. Their work spans several genres, particularly folk, country, Americana, soul, and inspirational. To view her new work go to http://www.thewarandtreaty.com.

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