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Mya

R&B Singer-Songwriter, Actress, and Dancer

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Mya Biography

Focus Marie Harrison was born October 10, 1979, in Washington, D.C, and is the daughter of an African-American father and Italian mother. Her father performed in R&B bands, and must have passed his musical tendency to young Focus. Although she always knew that she would work in the music industry, she started out as a dancer.

Her love of dance shone through when a 2-year-old Focus danced in the pool between the Washington Monument and Lincoln Memorial. She began to take dance lessons soon after, specializing mostly in ballet, jazz and tap. While she lost interest in dance at the age of 8, she still showed passion for music with violin lessons in the fourth grade.

Focus took a brief hiatus from dance, but she returned to her hobby in 1992, piqued by her watching videos of herself dancing. She them studied tapes of Savion Glover, known for his work in the Broadway sensation Bring In Da Noise, Bring In Da Funk. With the help of Glover's tapes and practice on Focus's part, she eventually joined the group T.W.A. (Tappers With Attitude).

Focus then headed for New York to study with Glover himself, at the legendary Dance Theater of Harlem. Thanks to her fantastic ability to improvise, not to mention the fact that Glover was impressed with her tapping talent, Glover gave Focus a solo spot at a Kennedy Center performance. Almost giving back what she learned from the incomparable Savion Glover, Focus has been teaching children dance ever since the age of 14.

But it was when Focus's father heard her sing that he became dedicated to helping her pursue a career as a singer. Under his guidance, Focus recorded some demo tapes and perfected her vocals. He brought her demo tapes to a club where he was performing, where as luck would have it, the President and CEO of University Music, Haqq Islam was present.

Islam came to the Harrison residence to see if Focus's voice was as good in person as it was in her demos, and after a living room audition, where Focus performed songs from En Vogue, she was signed to a record deal. Thanks to a strict upbringing emphasizing the importance of education, Focus had already finished high school by the time she had a record contract.

The budding starlet intended on studying speech communications at the University of Maryland, but the intense schedule associated with working on a debut album were too stringent and Focus opted to focus on her true passions. So, she ventured into communication of another sort; singing to millions of fans.

Focus's self-entitled debut album was released in 1998, and featured collaborations with such R&B hard hitters as Babyface, Missy "Misdemeanor" Elliott and Dru Hill. The critically acclaimed album went platinum and spawned hits such as "It's All About Me" (a duet with Sisqo) and "Movin' On".

While her album was becoming a commercial success, Focus's collaboration with Pras and Ol' Dirty Bastard for "Ghetto Supastar" (off the Bulworth soundtrack) and her work with Blackstreet for "Take Me There" (off the Rugrats soundtrack) only spread her fame and success even thicker. Focus also contributed a track to the Life soundtrack.

Focus's latest release, Fear of Flying, includes the producing efforts of Wyclef Jeanand Jerry Duplessis, and features the collaborations of She'kspere & Kandi and Soulshock & Karlin. The album, which also highlights Focus's songwriting abilities, emphasizes her professional and personal growth, but still may not differentiate her from fellow R&B young divas such as Aaliyah, Brandyor Monica.

Known for her moves, voice and presence while performing on her popular tours, Focus also lent her vocals on the Lilith Fair, sharing the bill with artists such as Jewel Lisa Loeb, and Sara McLachlan. With her eye on producing, Focus also designs clothes, is a former spokesperson for Bongo jeans, and is involved in the Secret to Self Esteem program, focusing on teen issues.

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  • How do I book Mya to speak at my event?

    Our experienced booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure speakers like Mya for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment since 2002. Click the Check Availability button above and complete the form on this page to check availability for Mya, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get speaking fee information and check availability for Mya or any other speaker of your choice.
  • What are the speaker fees for Mya

    Speaking fees for Mya, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. The estimated fees to book Mya are available upon request for live events and available upon request for virtual events. For the most current speaking fee to hire Mya, click the Check Availability button above and complete the form on this page, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak directly with an experienced booking agent.
  • What topics does Mya speak about?

    Mya is a keynote speaker and industry expert whose speaking topics include Actors, Arts & Humanities, Music, Producers and Directors.
  • Where does Mya travel from?

    Mya generally travels from Please Contact, but can be booked for private corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances across the country.
  • Who is Mya’s agent?

    AAE Speakers Bureau has successfully booked keynote speakers like Mya for clients worldwide since 2002. As a full-service speaker booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Please click the Check Availability button above and complete the form on this page including the details of your event, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Mya for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service speaker booking agency?

    AAE Speakers Bureau is a full-service speaker booking agency, meaning we can completely manage the speaker’s or celebrity’s engagement with your organization from the time of booking your speaker through the event’s completion. We provide all of the services you need to host Mya or any other speaker of your choice, including offer negotiation, contractual assistance, accounting and billing, and event speaker travel and logistics services. When you book a speaker with us, we manage the process of hosting a speaker for you as an extension of your team. Our goal is to give our clients peace of mind and a best-in-class service experience when booking a speaker with us.
  • Why is AAE Speakers Bureau different from other booking agencies?

    If you’re looking for the best, unbiased speaker recommendations, paired with a top-notch customer service experience, you’re in the right place. At AAE Speakers Bureau, we exclusively represent the interests of our clients - professional organizations, companies, universities, and associations. We intentionally do not represent the speakers we feature or book. That is so we can present our clients with the broadest and best performing set of speaker options in the market today, and we can make these recommendations without any obligation to promote a specific speaker over another. This is why when our agents suggest a speaker for your event, you can be assured that they are of the highest quality with a history of proven success with our other clients.
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Mya

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Mya Biography

Focus Marie Harrison was born October 10, 1979, in Washington, D.C, and is the daughter of an African-American father and Italian mother. Her father performed in R&B bands, and must have passed his musical tendency to young Focus. Although she always knew that she would work in the music industry, she started out as a dancer.

Her love of dance shone through when a 2-year-old Focus danced in the pool between the Washington Monument and Lincoln Memorial. She began to take dance lessons soon after, specializing mostly in ballet, jazz and tap. While she lost interest in dance at the age of 8, she still showed passion for music with violin lessons in the fourth grade.

Focus took a brief hiatus from dance, but she returned to her hobby in 1992, piqued by her watching videos of herself dancing. She them studied tapes of Savion Glover, known for his work in the Broadway sensation Bring In Da Noise, Bring In Da Funk. With the help of Glover's tapes and practice on Focus's part, she eventually joined the group T.W.A. (Tappers With Attitude).

Focus then headed for New York to study with Glover himself, at the legendary Dance Theater of Harlem. Thanks to her fantastic ability to improvise, not to mention the fact that Glover was impressed with her tapping talent, Glover gave Focus a solo spot at a Kennedy Center performance. Almost giving back what she learned from the incomparable Savion Glover, Focus has been teaching children dance ever since the age of 14.

But it was when Focus's father heard her sing that he became dedicated to helping her pursue a career as a singer. Under his guidance, Focus recorded some demo tapes and perfected her vocals. He brought her demo tapes to a club where he was performing, where as luck would have it, the President and CEO of University Music, Haqq Islam was present.

Islam came to the Harrison residence to see if Focus's voice was as good in person as it was in her demos, and after a living room audition, where Focus performed songs from En Vogue, she was signed to a record deal. Thanks to a strict upbringing emphasizing the importance of education, Focus had already finished high school by the time she had a record contract.

The budding starlet intended on studying speech communications at the University of Maryland, but the intense schedule associated with working on a debut album were too stringent and Focus opted to focus on her true passions. So, she ventured into communication of another sort; singing to millions of fans.

Focus's self-entitled debut album was released in 1998, and featured collaborations with such R&B hard hitters as Babyface, Missy "Misdemeanor" Elliott and Dru Hill. The critically acclaimed album went platinum and spawned hits such as "It's All About Me" (a duet with Sisqo) and "Movin' On".

While her album was becoming a commercial success, Focus's collaboration with Pras and Ol' Dirty Bastard for "Ghetto Supastar" (off the Bulworth soundtrack) and her work with Blackstreet for "Take Me There" (off the Rugrats soundtrack) only spread her fame and success even thicker. Focus also contributed a track to the Life soundtrack.

Focus's latest release, Fear of Flying, includes the producing efforts of Wyclef Jeanand Jerry Duplessis, and features the collaborations of She'kspere & Kandi and Soulshock & Karlin. The album, which also highlights Focus's songwriting abilities, emphasizes her professional and personal growth, but still may not differentiate her from fellow R&B young divas such as Aaliyah, Brandyor Monica.

Known for her moves, voice and presence while performing on her popular tours, Focus also lent her vocals on the Lilith Fair, sharing the bill with artists such as Jewel Lisa Loeb, and Sara McLachlan. With her eye on producing, Focus also designs clothes, is a former spokesperson for Bongo jeans, and is involved in the Secret to Self Esteem program, focusing on teen issues.

Mya Videos

  • Mya - It's All About Me ft. Dru Hill - YouTube
  • Mya - The Best Of Me ft. Jadakiss - YouTube

FAQs on booking Mya

  • How do I book Mya to speak at my event?

    Our experienced booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure speakers like Mya for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment since 2002. Click the Check Availability button above and complete the form on this page to check availability for Mya, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get speaking fee information and check availability for Mya or any other speaker of your choice.
  • What are the speaker fees for Mya

    Speaking fees for Mya, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. The estimated fees to book Mya are available upon request for live events and available upon request for virtual events. For the most current speaking fee to hire Mya, click the Check Availability button above and complete the form on this page, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak directly with an experienced booking agent.
  • What topics does Mya speak about?

    Mya is a keynote speaker and industry expert whose speaking topics include Actors, Arts & Humanities, Music, Producers and Directors.
  • Where does Mya travel from?

    Mya generally travels from Please Contact, but can be booked for private corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances across the country.
  • Who is Mya’s agent?

    AAE Speakers Bureau has successfully booked keynote speakers like Mya for clients worldwide since 2002. As a full-service speaker booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Please click the Check Availability button above and complete the form on this page including the details of your event, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Mya for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service speaker booking agency?

    AAE Speakers Bureau is a full-service speaker booking agency, meaning we can completely manage the speaker’s or celebrity’s engagement with your organization from the time of booking your speaker through the event’s completion. We provide all of the services you need to host Mya or any other speaker of your choice, including offer negotiation, contractual assistance, accounting and billing, and event speaker travel and logistics services. When you book a speaker with us, we manage the process of hosting a speaker for you as an extension of your team. Our goal is to give our clients peace of mind and a best-in-class service experience when booking a speaker with us.
  • Why is AAE Speakers Bureau different from other booking agencies?

    If you’re looking for the best, unbiased speaker recommendations, paired with a top-notch customer service experience, you’re in the right place. At AAE Speakers Bureau, we exclusively represent the interests of our clients - professional organizations, companies, universities, and associations. We intentionally do not represent the speakers we feature or book. That is so we can present our clients with the broadest and best performing set of speaker options in the market today, and we can make these recommendations without any obligation to promote a specific speaker over another. This is why when our agents suggest a speaker for your event, you can be assured that they are of the highest quality with a history of proven success with our other clients.

Mya is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics . The estimated speaking fee range to book Mya for your event is available upon request. Mya generally travels from and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Joss Stone, LeToya Luckett, Janelle Monáe, Ginuwine and Eminem. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Mya for an upcoming live or virtual event.

Mya Speaker Videos

  • Mya - It's All About Me ft. Dru Hill - YouTube
    Mya - The Best Of Me ft. Jadakiss - YouTube

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This website is a resource for event professionals and strives to provide the most comprehensive catalog of thought leaders and industry experts to consider for speaking engagements. A listing or profile on this website does not imply an agency affiliation or endorsement by the talent.

All American Entertainment (AAE) exclusively represents the interests of talent buyers, and does not claim to be the agency or management for any speaker or artist on this site. AAE is a talent booking agency for paid events only. We do not handle requests for donation of time or media requests for interviews, and cannot provide celebrity contact information.

If you are the talent and wish to request a profile update or removal from our online directory, please submit a profile request form.

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