|Birth name||Tiara Nicole Thomas|
|Born||September 12, 1989|
Indianapolis, Indiana, U.S.
|Alma mater||Ball State University (BS)|
Tiara Nicole Thomas (born September 12, 1989) is an American R&B singer. In 2013, she was featured on the Wale single "Bad", which has been certified 3× Platinum by Recording Industry Association of America. That same year, Thomas landed a label deal with Interscope Records, a label under the Interscope-Geffen-A&M group. In 2021, she won the Grammy Award for Song of the Year for co-writing "I Can't Breathe". That same year, she received a Golden Globe nomination and won an Academy Award for Best Original Song, for co-writing the song "Fight for You", from Judas and the Black Messiah.
Thomas was born in Indianapolis, Indiana. Early in life, her parents encouraged her to pursue music. Thomas performed in school and church. She attended Lawrence North High School. A hardcore fan of hip hop and pop music, Thomas developed her sound early and set out to carve her own lane in music by fusing her love for pop and alternative music, ballads, and rap with instrumentation.
In June 2012, Thomas graduated from Ball State University.
Thomas is a singer and self-taught guitar player. Thomas debuted her singing career on rapper Wale's mixtape More About Nothing. The track was entitled "The Cloud". She is also featured on Wale's hit single "Bad" and co-produced it with Kelson Camp.
Thomas met founders of The Board Administration Wale and Le'Greg O. Harrison in a club in Atlanta during a Wale concert in 2009. After exchanging information and submitting music, she received a response and positive feedback after three months. Shortly thereafter, she traveled to New York City where she opened for Wale and shared the stage with Diggy Simmons, J. Cole and Fabolous at the Highline Ballroom. Thomas signed to The Board Administration in 2011.
She is well known for viral promotions via Twitter and YouTube and recognized for new online musical content, live performance streams, and cover performances of popular music. On August 3, 2010, the world was introduced to Tiara Thomas on "The Cloud" with Wale through his mixtape More About Nothing. Her name trended worldwide on May 30, 2011, on Twitter the day "The Cloud" video released.
Tiara Thomas was selected as a 2011–2012 Campaign Spokesperson for the American Eagle Outfitters Back to School We The People Campaign. Her likeness is canvassed in New York's Time Square at the American Eagle Outfitters flagship Store Location and across the continental US in all 900+ stores worldwide. Her original songs for the campaign "Denim" and "Wassup" are featured on the American Eagle Outfitters website and were circulated to the masses through their social media campaign.
Thomas worked on her debut LP Sallie Mae, and was featured on Wale's single "Bad" (2013). The latter peaked at number 21 on the Billboard Hot 100, becoming her first Hot 100 and top 40 entry. In June 2013, it was announced she had left Wale's record label The Board Administration to sign with Rico Love's Division 1 record label in a joint deal with Interscope Geffen A&M.
Thomas released a five-song EP titled Dear Sallie Mae on October 8, 2013.
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(Wale featuring Tiara Thomas or Rihanna)
(Fat Joe featuring Rick Ross, French Montana and Tiara Thomas)
|"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.|
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