Tanya Blount

Tanya Blount

BandR&BGospel

Tanya Blount is one of today's most inspiring and gifted recording artists. With the success of her Billboard-charting song "Through The Rain", her upcoming inspirational project and her brand new book, Blount is unstoppable.

Biography

One listen to Tanya Blount and anyone within earshot can hear that she is gifted. Finding success in the mainstream music industry with her smash hit, “Through The Rain” in the 90s, Blount became an overnight R&B sensation. A Soul Train Award Best New Artist Nominee, she honed her musical talents in church, an upbringing that never left her. It was her faith in God that sustained her through some very tough times and deeply painful experiences. But now, she has come out renewed, revived and restored and wants to let others know there is a rainbow at the end of the storm.

Tanya Blount was born in Washington, D.C. and raised in the Maryland suburbs. Church was a major part of her life. But it was a prayer that put her on the path to her destiny. She recalls a Sunday morning when she heard her brother belting out a song at church. “I remember watching my brother sing one Sunday morning and he was tearing the church up,” recounts Tanya. “I said to myself, ‘I think I want to do that’. But at the time, I couldn’t sing. At that moment, I asked God if I could sing and one day I opened my mouth and it was there. I’m a firm believer that we can make unconscious requests to God and He hears us and answers.”

She starting singing at the age of 8 and found herself performing in pageants and plays. While attending the Duke Ellington School of the Arts in Washington, D.C., a prestigious school for those gifted in the arts, she told a friend that she wanted to be “an international recording artist”. She received her opportunity take hold of that dream when she won “Big Break”, a show seeking the next big star, hosted by Natalie Cole. Ultimately, she was signed to a production company headed by Leotis Clyburn, a connection that resulted in her first record deal.

Natural Thing, her debut recording, was released in 1994 and “Through The Rain”, a song about a troubled relationship, became an instant hit. In that same year, Blount was nominated for a Soul Train Award for Best New Artist. The success of that song opened doors for acting and she won a coveted role in Whoopie Goldberg’s sequel, Sister Act 2: Back In The Habit. Tanya says, “Seven hundred people auditioned for the part and it came down to Lauryn [Hill] and I. Whoopie met me and Lauryn and liked us so much that they ended up writing in the church scene for both of us in the movie. She and I really connected and she wanted me to have a bigger part in the film. So I was one of the kids in the film; that’s what the church scene was about. Many times you hear about people in
Hollywood having that “crabs in a barrel” mentality, but I found Whoopie to be one of the most giving people I have ever, ever encountered.”

After the movie’s success, she was signed to Bad Boy Records for a number of years, but that partnership did not result in her sophomore recording. Since that time, she has continued to act and sing. She’s appeared in plays such as “What Every Woman Wants” (featuring Miguel Nunez), “Sneaky” (featuring Howard Hewitt), Preacher’s Kids (featuring Destiny’s Child), and Born To Sing (featuring Lisa Fisher). Also during the past few years, she’s been working on a new CD entitled Return To Love. The inspirational recording, set to release in late 2007, will be Tanya’s first endeavor in 13 years and promises to be worth the wait.

But it hasn’t all been roses for Blount. She’s experienced divorce, calamity and even depression to the point of a suicide attempt. She credits her faith in God for pulling her through. Now completely healed of her inner wounds, she wants to tell the world of God’s healing power and His ability to restore. She’s put her experiences in a book called “Through The Rain: 40 Principles for Surviving Life’s Challenges”. In the pocket-sized book, she details 40 principles aimed at understanding the storms in life. She interweaves her personal experiences in the book giving it a fresh and relative perspective. An easy read and less than 100 pages in length, Blount makes this writing a potent, yet precise piece of work. Never straying from the scriptures, the book is filled with biblical references and contemporary revelation.

It’s her desire to help others “get to the other side of through” that inspired her to start Project Chance, an organization which aims to uplift and encourage challenged young women. Targeted to girls who may not have the best of life’s opportunities, it’s a way for Tanya to give back a little of what the Lord has blessed her with. She also gets to give back in song as a Worship Leader at The Sanctuary at Kingdom Square in Capitol Heights, MD. God has been good to Tanya Blount and as she believes, the best is yet to come!

Discography

MUSIC

2007 - Upcoming CD - Return To Love
1993 - CD Release - Natural Thing - Island Records

1993 Soundtrack Sister Act 2
"Eye on the Sparrow"
Duet with Lauryn Hill

1994 Panther Soundtrack
Guest Vocalist song entitled "FREEDOM"

FILM

Sister Act 2

THEATER

Born To Sing
Sneaky
The Wiz
What Every Woman Wants
Christmas In Washington
The Life Story of Marvin Gaye
Vagina Monologue
Ten Virgins

SONGWRITER CREDITS

Shanice Wilson
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