Tamika Jones, born and raised in Washington, D.C., began singing since age 11 in choirs in school and around the city. She directed her own gospel ensemble at School Without Walls High School. Ms. Jones caught the attention of Grammy®-nominated producer Chucky Thompson, who worked with Tamika for several years, mentoring her on songwriting, recording, and the music business. He invited her to work on projects with artists such as Faith Evans, Mya, Lil’ Kim, Nick Cannon, Tanya Blount, and songwriter Denise Rich. With influences such as Duke Ellington, Billie Holiday, Rachelle Farrell, Nina Simone, Sade, Karen Clark Sheard, and Jill Scott, Ms. Jones found that she was most at home singing Jazz and Gospel while maintaining a love of hip hop. She has performed with Amel Larrieux, Marsha Ambrosius, Jaguar Wright, Maya Azucena, and Marcus Mitchell.