Mya is an multi-talented artist.  Not only is she a Grammy award winning singer, she is also an accomplished dancer and a good actress.  She recently appeared on the show "NCIS," the highest rated episode of the season and she has appeared in the films "Chicago," "Cursed," "Shall We Dance" and "Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights."

I have seen Mya at industry events, she is extremely pretty with beautiful skin and she carries herself with serenity, grace, elegance and class.  She is also approachable and modest with a dancer's carriage.

Her dance skills are phenomenal and extraordinary.  She can shut-down a party with her dance skills.  If Mya would have been cast in the film "Honey," the film would have been a huge hit.

Her upcoming album "Control Freak" is scheduled for a 2006 summer release.

I recently had the opportunity to interview Mya for this story.

INTERVIEW:

Q: How did you get started in the industry?
A: At the age of 16, an independent label by the name of "University Music" auditioned me in my living room after discussions with my father about my talents.

Q: Musical Influences?
A: Stevie Wonder, Prince, Chaka Khan,

Q: Dance influences?
A: Gregory Hines, Savion Glover, Jimmy Slide, Electric Boogaloos, Rock Steady Crew, Sid Charisse, Gene Kelly, Fred Astaire and Sammy Davis Jr.

Q: Have you reached your ultimate goal in the industry? If not, what would your ultimate goal be?
A: No. My ultimate goal is to maintain a career of 25 years in the entertainment business-including theatre, film, TV, fashion, touring, running a record label of my own, a performing arts school, charities, foundations along with a business management firm with my brother Chaz Harrison.

Q: Hobbies?
A: I love to draw/paint, design clothes, dirt biking and boxing.

Q: Favorite travel destination?
A: Tahiti

Q: Most memorable performance?
A: Kennedy Center Symphony Hall with Savion Glover 1993

Q: Tell us about your clothing line?
A: In development.. Due in 2006. Tough, sassy, confident and bold with a sharp definition. I am currently working on both urban & couture divisions.

Q: You are in the latest Wes Craven movie "Cursed" and you appeared in an NCIS episode, tell us about those experiences?

A: Wes Craven is nothing like his movies- he's so reserved & soft spoken, very warm personality. As far as the movie"Cursed" is concerned, I've never screamed so much in my life.  As for NCIS- The cast was so entertaining on break, but professional when taping.  I'm a crime show addict, so to be part of one was very fulfilling.

Q: Not only are you an excellent singer, dancer and actress but I hear you are also an excellent cook, what is your culinary specialty?

A: Entree: Manicotti, for dessert, I make the best apple-blueberry pies.

Q: Who are you favorite actors and actresses?
A: Angelina Jolie, Julia Roberts, Sanaa Lathan, Samuel L. Jackson and Al Pacino.

Q: Favorite male and female singers?
A: Prince and Minnie Riperton.

Q: Favorite hip-hop artists?
A: Tupac, Biggie, Eminem, Snoop and Rah Digga.

Q: The rap artist "The Game" stated in a recent interview that you and Ciarra are the two hottest females in the industry, how do you feel about this comment?
A: Opinions are opinions. I don't mind being a part of one, negative or positive.

Q: What are you favorite foods?
A: Everything Italian, West Indian Curry, Sushi and Soul food.

 

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