Jamelia Niela Bio, Age, Height, Early Life, Career, Personal Life and More

Jamelia Niela Bio, Age, Height, Early Life, Career, Personal Life and More
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Posted By: Nazia Mughal | December 6, 2018

Jamelia Niela Biography

Jamelia Niela is a British recording artist, television presenter, and actress. She was born on Jan 11, 1981, in West Midlands, United Kingdom. She is best known for her presentation on television. Jamelia has released three studio albums, each of which has opened top 40 in the UK, which collectively have spawned eight UK top ten singles. Also, Jamelia has achieved 4 MOBO awards, a Q award and also won 9 BRIT award nominations.

Jamelia Niela

Jamelia has been active since 1999 and ger genres are R&B pop dance hip-hop soul. Her website is jamelia.com.

Jamelia Niela Early life

Jamelia was born to a single mother, Paulette Davis. Her mum is Jamaican, and her father is Zimbabwean. She was raised in nearby Hockley and attended a local primary school, Brookfield primary school. After that, she attended the CTC Kingshurdst Academy, formerly known as the City Technology College.

Jamelia Niela Career

Jamelia was signed to Capitol Records at the age of 15 years after record producers heard recordings of her self-written a cappella songs that she had made on a karaoke machine.

In late 1999, Jamelia made recording the song ‘so high’ collaboration with fellow R&B vocalist Rosita Lynch. The single was not successful in both UK and mainland Europe and did not appear on any one of Jamelia’s subsequent albums. Following the poor sales of the single, Jamelia left Capitol records but was ready to sign up with record company Parlophone, a branch of EMI.

Taking some time to record her debut album, Drama, Jamelia moved back to the music industry in the start of 2000 with the single ‘I do’ which became her first commercially successful single in the UK and the mainland Europe, reaching the UK Top 10 and holding top 20 positions in the France and Sweden. The success of the single led to delay of the release of money as it was a mediocre chart success.

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The third single of Jamelia ‘money’ released in Feb 2000. This song written by UK X Factor finalist Daniel De Bourg. This single was the singer’s breakthrough in the UK, reaching at no 5 and spending nine weeks in the UK top 75, later it was the source to win MOBO award for best video in 200. Despite the fame and success of song ‘money’ drama did not make a major chart impression in the UK, where it peaked at no 39. The third single from the album ‘call me’ peaked at no 11, and fourth single ‘boy next door’ reached at number 42. So the single got her fame in early 2000 and 2001 at the BRIT awards. She nominated for best British Newcomer, Best British Video, and Best British female.

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Jamelia Niela More work and Fame

Jamelia recorded her second studio album ‘thank you’ in 2002 and early 2003 following the birth of her daughter Teja in 2003. The single from ‘thank you’ was the R&B influenced ‘bout’ on which she collaborated with American rap star Rah Digga. It reached no 37 on the UK chart. The second single ‘superstar’ became the highest peaking for Jamelia at the time when it reached no 3 and earned the spot of the 26th best selling of 2003 in the UK. It was the only single of Jamelia to receive a BPI certification. Some record producers worked with Jamelia for the re-release of the album that features new artwork and track listing, including two new singles ‘see it boys’ eyes’ and ‘DJ.’

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By promotion of the re-release, title track ‘thank you’ issued shortly before. The song listed in highest charting single to date in the UK, where it reached no 2 and received 2004 MOBO award for best single and a BRIT award nomination in the same category. The success of ‘thank you’ resulted in 5 BRIT award nominations for Jamelia in 2004 and 2005 for the best British female, best British single, best female solo act, and best British urban act. She also contributed a cover version of Kool and the gang’s “straight ahead” for their album ‘the hits: Reloaded.’

In mid-2004, Jamelia collaborated with Italian singer Tiziano Ferro on ‘universal paper’ for the 2004 Olympic Games soundtrack. It reached no one single in Italy and Spain and added to non-UK editions of ‘thank you.’ In late 2004, she requested to work to Band-Aid 20 charity single ‘do they know its Christmas’ for which she sang with Will Young.


In Nov 2006, Jamelia joined Feeder on the stage for the encore of Feeder’s WAR child gig at ‘the coronet’ in London. They performed a cover of R.E.M’s ‘everybody hurts’ as well as ‘beware of the dog.’

Following the second daughter in 2005, she started working for her third album ‘walk with me’. The leading single of this album ‘something about you’ which released in late 2006.

In an interview with Digital Spy in Dec 2009, Jamelia told that she is not surprised that why her album did not sell well. She probably not in the right frame while working for ‘walk with me.’

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In 2013 and 2014, Jamelia appeared on two series of ‘the voice of Ireland’ as a coach. In 2013, she was part of the house band on every episode of the BBC one panel show ‘love my country’. Then she also joined ‘loose women.’

Jamelia Niela Personal life

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She told to the camera that she raised without her father due to his off on the affair of prison. She has child Teja with Terry Wallen who was born in Aug 2001.

In Aug 2007, she spilled from Darren  Byfield; the couple has a daughter Tiani who was born in Oct 2005. Later they reconciled, engaged in 2007 and married in Nov 2009. Now it reported that they were thinking about divorce.

Jamelia participated in Peta’s campaign ‘would rather go naked than wear fur.’ According to info got from her Instagram account, she gave birth to her third child in Dec 2017.

Jamelia Niela Facts

In Jan 2007, Jamelia launched a new fragrance as part of a campaign to provide awareness of HIV and AIDS.

In may 2007, she signed a £100,000 contract to start a new range of products for Boots.

She also teamed with hair product company Toni & Guy to promote hair product for women.

In Sep she co-hosted the MOBO awards with Shaggy. She also made her contribution to breast cancer awareness.

In Jan 2008, she signed a book publishing deal with Orion. Her autobiography ‘stronger’ has yet to publish.

In 2009, she made a guest appearance in episode 3 of Plus One. In 2013, Jamelia played a singer, Aimee, in an episode of ‘death in paradise.’

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