Blu Cantrell is currently a celebrity contestant on NBC’s daring new reality show “Celebrity Circus.”
Blu Cantrell (born Tiffany Cobb in Providence, Rhode Island) is an American Grammy Award-nominated R&B and soul singer. Cantrell was born into a family of jazz enthusiasts from Providence. She and her five siblings were born to a Caucasian-American mother who is a jazz singer and an African-American father who was an NBA basketball player. She was raised by her mother in Atlanta, Georgia.
After making several demo recordings, Cantrell was discovered by Red Zone Entertainment heads Tab and Laney Stewart in early 2000. The producers promptly placed her with Antonio "L.A." Reid, who, after a successful audition, offered the singer a contract with his label, Arista Records. Cantrell then went straight into recording sessions with Dallas Austin, Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, while singing backup for artists such as Puff Daddy.
In 2001, Cantrell released her debut album, So Blu, which eventually was certified platinum. The album saw major success when it peaked at #8 on the Billboard 200 albums chart, eventually selling over 800,000 copies in the United States. The album featured the hit single "Hit 'Em Up Style (Oops!)," which peaked at #2 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 singles chart and earned Cantrell a Grammy nomination for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance, as well as an American Music Awards nomination. The album also showcases her ability to go into the whistle register with the song "Waste My Time."
In 2003, Cantrell released her second album, Bittersweet, which earned her a Grammy nomination for Best R&B Album and entered the Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart at #8. The album spawned two hit singles, "Breathe," a collaboration with Sean Paul, and "Make Me Wanna Scream." "Breathe" peaked at number one for four weeks in the UK and eventually became one of the most successful singles of the year in both Europe and Australia. Also in 2005, "Hit 'Em Up Style: Chart and Club Hits," a compilation/remix album containing Cantrell's two biggest hits, tracks and some remixes from the former two albums, was released. Most recently, Cantrell has been working on her yet-to-be-titled third album, scheduled for a 2008 release.