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Jamia Simone Nash

Jamia Nash in 2009
Born August 21, 1996 (1996-08-21) (age 13)
Virginia Beach, Virginia, U.S.
Other name(s) Jamia
Occupation Singer/Actress
Years active 2002–present

Jamia Simone Nash (born August 21, 1996) is an American child singer and actress. She is known as simply, Jamia.


Private Life

Jamia was born in Virginia Beach, Virginia. She is of African American and West Indian (Trinidadian) descent. Jamia is a resident of Los Angeles, California.


Jamia currently appears on CBS' Young and the Restless, a daytime soap opera on television. Cast as Ana Hamilton, her recurring character plays opposite America’s Next Top Model cycle 3 winner Eva Pigford as Jamia’s mum.

She began singing at the age of two; her first national appearance was on Showtime at the Apollo in 2002, where she sang the Alicia Keys song "Fallin'". She performed at the 2003 Essence Awards, singing Michael Jackson's (written and originally performed by Smokey Robinson) "Who's Lovin' You" honoring Mary J. Blige. She and her younger sister Olivia sing the hook in the song "Black Girl Pain" on Talib Kweli's 2004 album The Beautiful Struggle.

She played a ten-year-old Fantasia Barrino in the 2006 Lifetime Original Movie Life Is Not a Fairytale: The Fantasia Barrino Story, a biopic about the 2004 American Idol winner.

In the 2007 film August Rush, Nash's character Hope is the lead vocalist on the song "Raise It Up", which was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Original Song.

Jamia performed the song, "Raise It Up" from the film August Rush, live at the 2008 Academy Awards, making her the youngest ever to perform on an Academy Awards telecast. Also at the Academy Awards, she was shown on stage playing tennis via Wii Sports with the host Jon Stewart, until he noticed the crowd behind her and she ran off stage. Her latest appearance was on July 18, 2009, in the Kennedy Center. She sang "Lets talk about love" as a tribute for "Apollo's 40 Years."

Billed as MC Lily, Jamia sang about the alphabet on Nick Jr. Her song "Bongo Bird" was featured as a video on the Noggin series Jack's Big Music Show. She provides the singing voice for the opening theme song and character Uniqua on The Backyardigans. She has also acted in episodes of 7th Heaven, Romeo!, My Wife and Kids, The Young and the Restless, and appeared as herself on The Tony Danza Show, Half & Half and Big Time. She also performed the United States National Anthem at Kinnick Stadium.


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