Tameka Cottle

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Tameka Cottle
Birth nameTameka Cottle-Pope
Also known asTiny
Born(1975-07-14) July 14, 1975 (age 38)
College Park, Georgia, U.S.
OriginJonesboro, Georgia, U.S.
GenresR&B, soul
OccupationsSinger-songwriter, television personality
InstrumentsVocals
Years active1992–2005 (with Xscape)
2005–present (solo)
LabelsSony BMG Music Entertainment
Associated actsT.I., Xscape, OMG Girlz, Miss Precious
 
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Tameka Cottle
Birth nameTameka Cottle-Pope
Also known asTiny
Born(1975-07-14) July 14, 1975 (age 38)
College Park, Georgia, U.S.
OriginJonesboro, Georgia, U.S.
GenresR&B, soul
OccupationsSinger-songwriter, television personality
InstrumentsVocals
Years active1992–2005 (with Xscape)
2005–present (solo)
LabelsSony BMG Music Entertainment
Associated actsT.I., Xscape, OMG Girlz, Miss Precious

Tameka Harris (born July 14, 1975) is an American singer-songwriter from Jonesboro, Georgia. She is perhaps best known as a member of the multi-platinum R&B female group, Xscape and her marriage with American rapper T.I.. She received a Grammy Award for her writing contributions on the TLC hit "No Scrubs." She acquired the nickname "Tiny" due to her small stature of 4'11".

Early life and career[edit source | edit]

Tameka Cottle was born to Dianne Cottle-Pope and Charles Pope (1936-2013) in College Park, Georgia. Cottle's father and her uncle, Joseph Pope (1933–1996), formed the R&B group The Tams.[1] Cottle joined the R&B quartet Xscape in 1992 while attending Tri-Cities Performing Arts High School. Xscape was discovered by producer Jermaine Dupri while singing at a Martin Luther King, Jr. birthday celebration in Atlanta. Dupri immediately signed the group to his then new record label, So So Def Recordings.

As a member of the group, Cottle has contributed to three of the band's platinum albums: Hummin' Comin' at 'Cha, Off the Hook, and Traces of My Lipstick. As a member of Xscape, she has received two Soul Train Music Awards for Best New R&B Artist and Best R&B Album and the A-Town Music Award for Best Duo/Group. Cottle sang lead vocals on five of Xscape's hit singles: "Understanding", "Do You Want To?", "All I Need", "Love's a Funny Thing", and "Am I Dreamin'". She has also recorded on soundtracks for Soul Food, Panther, Bad Boys, and Love Jones. In 1998, after the release of Xscape's third album, Traces of My Lipstick, the band parted ways.

In 1999, Cottle and fellow former Xscape band member Kandi Burruss were honored with a Grammy Award for Best R&B Song for penning TLC's hit single "No Scrubs". Cottle's other accomplishments include an American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers award in the R&B and Pop Music categories for "No Scrubs", as well as the ASCAP Rap Award for her work on the Sporty Thievz track "No Pigeons." Cottle has also worked with T.I., 8Ball & MJG, Lil' Kim and Bow Wow.

After a five-year hiatus, Cottle reunited with sisters LaTocha and Tamika Scott and added a new member, Kiesha Miles, to release a new Xscape album entitled Unchained and released the single "What's Up" in 2005.[2]

Cottle is involved in a new project with Kiesha Miles called the OMG Girlz. Cottle's daughter, Zonnique (aka Star) formally 1/3 members of QT Possie, is also involved in the music industry and is part of a musical trio called the OMG Girlz.[3]

In June 2009, Cottle's reality series, Tiny and Toya, made its debut on BET.[4]

She appeared in her husband's video for "Hello" along with their family and the OMG Girlz.

Personal life[edit source | edit]

Cottle has one daughter with Zonnie Pullins, Zonnique Pullins (March 20, 1996) . Zonnique lives with her mother and step dad T.I.[5][6][7]

In 2001, Cottle began dating rapper T.I.[8] The couple have two sons together : Clifford "King" Joseph Harris II (August 25, 2004)[8][9] and Major Philant Harris (May 16, 2008).[10][11]

On March 22, 2007 Cottle gave birth to their stillborn daughter Lelah Amore Harris six months into a complicated pregnancy.[12]

In addition, Cottle has stepsons Messiah Ya' Majesty (born 2000), Domani Uriah (born 2001) and stepdaughter Deyjah Imani (born 2001) from T.I's ex-girlfriends.[13][14]

On July 30, 2010, Cottle and T.I. married in Miami[15]

In December 2011 the couple launched their family VH1 reality series T.I. and Tiny: The Family Hustle.

Her father, Charles Pope, died on July 11, 2013 at the age of 76 after a long battle with Alzheimer's Disease.[16][17]

Legal issues[edit source | edit]

On September 1, 2010, Cottle and T.I. were arrested following a motor vehicle stop in Los Angeles. The police reported that an odor of burnt marijuana was coming from the vehicle and the couple were found to be in possession of a controlled substance; namely, ecstasy. They posted $10,000 bail.[18]

References[edit source | edit]

  1. ^ Miller, Zell (1996). They Heard Georgia Singing. Mercer University Press. p. 285. ISBN 0-86554-504-9. 
  2. ^ Boston, Ericka; Terrell, Calvin. "Xscape Breaks the Chains". s2smagazine.com. 
  3. ^ QT Possie: Official Website
  4. ^ Ho, Rodney (2009-07-09). "Tiny & Toya interviews about BET show". ajc.com. Retrieved 2009-07-20. 
  5. ^ Bennett Kinnon, Joy (2001-06). "Toni & Keril's Dream Wedding - singer Toni Braxton weds". Ebony. Retrieved 2008-12-13. 
  6. ^ Cole, Harriette (2008-02). "Who's Lovin' Who?". Ebony. pp. 75–76. 
  7. ^ "Zonnique & Her Biological Dad". Tipharris-tameka.blogspot.com. 2007-04-27. Retrieved 2011-04-09. 
  8. ^ a b "T.I.: Me, Myself & I". Vibe. 2007-07-23. Retrieved 2007-10-31. 
  9. ^ T.I.: Me, Myself & I Vibe. Retrieved October 9, 2008.
  10. ^ "Tameka Births Son Named Major". Blackcelebkids.com. Retrieved 2011-04-09. 
  11. ^ Herndon, Jessica (2008-05-16). "Rapper T.I. Welcomes His Second Son". people.com. Retrieved 2008-12-12. 
  12. ^ Byrd, Kenya N. (2009-02-06). "Tameka 'Tiny' Cottle: 'I Know My Man's Heart'". essence.com. Retrieved 2009-03-15. [dead link]
  13. ^ "Hip-Hop Star & Actor T.I.". People. Time. 2006-04-24. Retrieved 2008-12-12. 
  14. ^ "T.I. to pay ex $3,000 per month in child support". NME. Time Warner. 2008-09-25. Retrieved 2008-12-12. 
  15. ^ Ziegbe, Mawuse (2010-07-31). "T.I. And Tiny Marry In Three Cities". mtv.com. Retrieved 2010-09-12. 
  16. ^ Doc Rock. "July to December". The Dead Rock Stars Club. Retrieved 2013-07-12. 
  17. ^ Scott, Tracy (12 July 2013). "Tiny Harris ‘heartbroken’ following dad’s death". S2S Magazine. S2S Magazine. Retrieved 25 July 2013. 
  18. ^ Allen, Duke (2010-09-02). "Police: Rapper T.I. and wife arrested on drug suspicion". cnn.com. Retrieved 2010-09-12. 

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