A SHORT STORY
At the tender age of 6, a magical little girl named Margaret dreamed of her future child and affirmed she would be a star. Using her creative mind, she imagined her child to have dimples and don a beauty mark beside her lips. While growing up, she spoke of "Tameko" often as if she were already in the flesh. Over and over she told family and friends about her little star. When Margaret was ready, she gave birth to a baby girl with dimples and a beauty mark beside her lips. Upon sight of her beloved manifestation, Margaret made a sudden and later regretful decision to change the spelling of her baby's name from an "O" to an "A" and named her "Tameka" instead of the "Tameko".
“In reverence of my late mother/
manager, I have decided to change my name to honor her original dream”.
WHO IS TAMEKO STAR?
Aside from her reputation as a powerhouse vocalist, the multi-faceted singer, songwriter, producer, choreographer, dancer, actress, director, and award-winning playwright is also famously known as '90s Euro Dance Diva Livin' Joy.
Growing up in Europe, due to her military father, as a child, Tameko began honing her skills in front of an audience of family, friends, and a host of stuffed animals and dolls. As an adolescent, she picked up nuggets of gold from her musical father and pop icons like Whitney Houston, Tina Turner, Michael and Janet Jackson. While forging an identity of her own in high school, Tameko's exceptional talent landed her in the elite choir. Her dance and leadership skills promoted her to the school's dance team captain. The popular homecoming princess was also bit by the acting bug and began starring in various plays and musicals. Winning numerous talent competitions in her town, Tameko Star created a name for herself. Following high school, she relocated to Italy, where she studied music and performance. By day, she taught performing arts to young children on a military base; by night, she transformed into a star as the lead vocalist of a popular local band.
While most aspiring artists prayed to be "discovered" in the mid-'90s, Tameko's dreams came true when a live radio broadcast of her singing with the local band caught the ear of Italian producers Ricardo Stecca, Andrea Acchioni, and Massimo Artusi. The union would give Tameko her first dose of stardom as she crafted and performed house and techno jams such as "Feel the Rhythm," "Now I Feel," and R & B-tinged tracks, "Love Makes Me High" and "Going in Circles ." The singles were released under the Italian label Irma Records with notable buzz.
The budding star enjoyed getting her feet wet with the release of her earlier singles. Still, an unexpected phone call to her "momager" from record label executive Angelo Bernado of Undiscovered Records would catapult Tameko's music career into overdrive.
Fresh off the heels of Livin' Joy's smash hit, "Dreamer," Bernado and hit producers Gianni and Paolo Visnadi were anxious to reinvent the brand after conflict arose with the original lead singer. Tameko Star was the top choice to take the brand to the next level. An R&B/pop artist at heart, Tameko was reluctant to join the Euro dance act. Still, with the backing of major label MCA RECORDS, now Universal Music Group, she eventually signed on to take over the reins.
The Visnadi Brothers were blown away by the talented singer/songwriter's ability to create dizzying melodies and sticky hooks. They dubbed her "The Great Melodista". Tameko's signature melodic quick flows and rhythmic, staccato wordplay fused well with their bright, gospel'esque piano chords and deep resounding baseline. Their collaborative efforts gave birth to "Don't Stop Movin' one of the biggest dance anthems of the '90s. The electrifying tune became a massive hit for the artist, quickly rising and residing in the top 10 on multiple charts in multiple countries. "Don't Stop Movin'" has been certified gold and featured on over 100 compilations worldwide. The single's success was the perfect segue to the Livin' Joy album, which spawned additional hits, such as "Follow the Rules," "Where Can I Find Love," and "Deep in You." The album, written by Tameko Star, also showcased some of her promising producing skills with songs like "Be Original" and "Let Me Love You."
Politics and label mergers foiled plans for Livin' Joy's second album release. In the aftermath, Tameko Star relocated to America, where she continued writing and producing music. She also opened Star House Entertainers, a talent development and production company based in Atlanta, GA. Dedicated to cultivating aspiring artists, the company is giving back by helping young people to fulfill their dreams. (www.StarHouseEnt.com)
With the recent resurgence of her hits, boasting nearly 100 million streams across all digital platforms, the talented Diva is back on the scene with a brand new look, a new EP, and a tour in the making. Die-hard fans, whom she affectionately dubbed her #livinloyals, can expect what they have come to know and love from the beloved artist, and new ones will discover a musical gem hiding in plain sight.
The new single, "Something Beautiful," is out on all digital platforms.