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Rozonda Thomas

Thomas (right) and Tionne "T-Boz" Watkins (left) hosting TRL.
Background information
Birth name Rozonda Ocelean Thomas
Also known as Chilli, Sexy, C
Born February 27, 1971 (1971-02-27) (age 38)[1]
Origin Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.
Genres R&B, pop, hip hop
Occupations Singer/Actress
Years active 1991–present
Labels LaFace (1992-2000
Arista (2001-2005)

Rozonda Ocelean Thomas (born February 27, 1971),[1] best known by her stage name Chilli, is an American R&B singer and actress who rose to fame as one third of the successful R&B/Hip-Hop/Pop girl group TLC.

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Early life

Rozonda Ocelean Thomas was born in Atlanta, Georgia[1] and graduated from B.E. Mays High School. Her father, Abdul Ali, was of East Indian descent and her mother, Ava Thomas, is of African American and Native American descent.[2] Thomas, who had been raised by her mother, later allowed the Sally Jessy Raphael television talk show to air footage of her meeting her father for the first time in 1996.[3]

Career

1992 - present: TLC

Thomas was first a dancer for Damian Dame. In 1991, she joined TLC, replacing founding member Crystal Jones, and was nicknamed "Chilli" so that the group could retain the name TLC. The group went on to sell over 40 million records worldwide; solidifying themselves as one of greatest selling girl groups of all-time.[4]

Since the death of group member Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes in 2002, Thomas and Tionne "T-Boz" Watkins have occasionally performed as a duo. In 2009, Thomas and Watkins performed a series of concerts and are currently planning a new album and a possible tour.

Solo career

Thomas began working on her solo album in 2001 after the completion of promotion for TLC's third album, FanMail. She ceased production when work began on the next TLC album, 3D. In 2006, rumors of having signed a four-album deal with singer/rapper Akon's label Kon Live Distribution in 2006, she later denied these reports and confirmed that she was entertaining offers from other record labels. It was confirmed that the name of the album will be titled Bi-Polar, but has no release date at the current time. The album was once rumored to include work by Missy Elliott as well as tracks produced by T-Pain, and Tricky. Certain tracks that were intended for the album were leaked from 2006 to 2008. A track titled "Gameproof," which featured her TLC band mate T-Boz, was leaked in spring 2006. On February 16, 2007, "Straight Jack," a track featuring Missy Elliott and produced by Polow da Don was leaked. The track entered the Deutsche Black Chart in at #35.[5] In early April 2008, Thomas's first official solo single, "Dumb, Dumb, Dumb" was released. [6] No further singles have been announced or leaked.

Film & television

Thomas made guest appearances on shows such as The Parkers, That 70s Show, and Strong Medicine. In 2000 she was featured in the made-for-television movies A Diva's Christmas Carol and Love Song (with Monica), and in the film Snow Day. In 2001 she co-starred in the action film Ticker, directed by Albert Pyun. She also played a small role in the 1997 film Hav Plenty.

In June 2009, VH1 announced plans to air a reality series starring Thomas. The series, What Chilli Wants, which will document Thomas' quest to find love and manage her life, is set to air in March 2010 and will be produced by FremantleMedia North America.[7]

Thomas also markets a line of handbags titled, Bags by Chilli.[8]

Personal life

Thomas dated producer Dallas Austin with whom she has one son named Tron. Thomas also dated singer Usher. She was in his music video for "U Got It Bad". The couple broke up in January 2004.[9] Since her break up with Raymond, Thomas has been linked to Floyd Mayweather, Jr., and CNN anchor T.J. Holmes.

Discography

Albums

Solo Singles

  • TBA: "Dumb Dumb Dumb"

Featured Singles

Year Title Chart Positions Album
US
Hot 100
US
R&B/Hip-Hop
UK NZ
2009 "Let's Just Do It"(Lisa Lopes featuring Missy Elliott and TLC) - - - - Eye Legacy

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