Tiara Thomas
Tiara Thomas in 2009
Background information
Birth nameTiara Nicole Thomas
Born (1989-09-12) September 12, 1989 (age 31)
Indianapolis, Indiana, United States
GenresPop, hip hop, R&B
InstrumentsVocals, guitar
Years active2009–present
LabelsDivision 1, Interscope (2013–2015), Public Records (2017) Universal Music Canada
Associated actsWale

Tiara Nicole Thomas (born September 12, 1989) is an American singer-songwriter. In 2013, Thomas was featured on the Wale single "Bad", which has been certified 3x Platinum by Recording Industry Association of America.[1][2] 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".[3] 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.[4][5]

Early life

Thomas was born in Indianapolis, Indiana, United States. Early in life, Thomas' parents nurtured her musical talents. Thomas showcased her musical talent in school, church, and within her community. She attended Lawrence North High School.[6] 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.[7]

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.

2009–2012: Early career

Tiara Thomas
Tiara Thomas

Thomas met founders of The Board Administration Wale and Le'Greg O. Harrison in a club in Atlanta during a Wale concert in 2009.[1] 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.[8][9] Thomas signed to The Board Administration in 2011.[10][11][12]

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.[13][14][15]

Tiara Thomas was selected as a 2011–2012 Campaign Spokesperson for the American Eagle Outfitters Back to School We The People Campaign.[16] 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.[17]

2013–present: Bad, Dear Sallie Mae EP and debut album

Thomas worked on her debut LP Sallie Mae, and was featured on Wale's single "Bad" (2013).[18] 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.[19]

Thomas released a five song EP titled Dear Sallie Mae on October 8, 2013.[20]


As main artist

As lead artist

List of singles, showing year released
Title Year
"One Night" 2014

As featured artist

List of singles, with selected chart positions, showing year released and album name
Title Year Peak chart positions Certifications Album


(Wale featuring Tiara Thomas or Rihanna)
2013 21 5 3 The Gifted
"Another Day"
(Fat Joe featuring Rick Ross, French Montana and Tiara Thomas)
2014 Non-album singles
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.


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  3. ^ Pasquini, Maria; Goldstein, Joelle. "H.E.R. Wins 2021 Song of the Year Grammy, Urges to 'Keep Same Energy' from George Floyd Protests". PEOPLE.com. Retrieved March 15, 2021.
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  10. ^ Godfrey, Sarah (October 13, 2010). "The Board Administration with Fat Trel, Black Cobain, Wale, and UCB: TBD setlist". Tbd.com. Retrieved July 12, 2014.
  11. ^ "JOIN ME THIS WEEK – (10/11) The Talented 3.0 presents Tiara Thomas and Andy Suzuki and The Method". The Pink Line Project. October 10, 2011. Archived from the original on July 14, 2014. Retrieved July 12, 2014.
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  17. ^ "American Eagle Outfitters :: Wassup". Ae.com. Archived from the original on March 4, 2016. Retrieved July 12, 2014.
  18. ^ "iTunes Store". Itunes.apple.com. Retrieved July 12, 2014.
  19. ^ Baker, Soren (June 3, 2013). "Wale Collaborator Tiara Thomas Signs To Division 1/Interscope Geffen A&M | Get The Latest Hip Hop News, Rap News & Hip Hop Album Sales". HipHop DX. Retrieved July 12, 2014.
  20. ^ "Dear Sallie Mae [Explicit]: Tiara Thomas: MP3 Downloads". Amazon.com. October 8, 2013. Retrieved July 12, 2014.
  21. ^ "Rico Love and Tiara Thomas share thoughts on her new album, 'The Bad Influence'". Rollingout.com. July 14, 2014. Retrieved November 5, 2015.
  22. ^ "Tiara Thomas Drops New EP Titled 'Up In Smoke'". Vibe.com. August 13, 2015. Retrieved November 5, 2015.
  23. ^ "Wale Album & Song Chart History". Billboard Hot 100 for Wale. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved April 4, 2011.
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  25. ^ "Wale Album & Song Chart History". Billboard Rap Songs for Wale. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved April 4, 2011.
  26. ^ "American certifications – Wale – Bad". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved May 31, 2013.