Tamela D’Amico was born with a sparkle. From watching old Hollywood glamor movies, musicals, and TV series in black and white to writing her first song in middle school.
Tamela has an album called ‘Boring 20s’ coming out soon that she is more than eager for her fans to listen to. Her main goal for this album is to “Bring joy internationally and get people moving and dancing”.
Tamela is an award-winning singer, actress, filmmaker, and influencer born in Long Island, New York. Tamela grew up around music. It was like second nature to her, all the way from Ella Fitzgerald and Frank Sinatra to Luciano Pavarotti to Steve Wonder and Prince to Whitney Houston and Madonna. She describes music being a big part of her environment growing up, giving credit to her family.
Tamela’s music consists of melody. She released pop jazz music, recording mainly American standards. Tamela has even written other peoples music. “My own music is usually born from my poetry or journals,” She expresses. “I find that whenever something is taxing me, I need to get my feelings out on paper”. That is true expression and creativity.
For her upcoming album Boring 20’s, if she can be an opener for any artist's concert, it would be Lady Gaga, because the album would fit in with the vibe.
Tamela takes her creative process very seriously, she has a very “sensitive constitution” that consists of working out using the Cardio-Barre method, yoga and hiking before she works on any project. She also practices regular vocal warm-ups while connecting to the lyrics of whatever she’s working on. Absorbing new methods like a sponge. In addition, she also is mindful to take great care of herself including mini meditation when waking up in the morning and before bed.
The star is most happy on stage. She describes it as “The energy floods me and raises me up”. Although she gets nervous, just like anyone would, she hides it well. She explains that it feels like her stomach is in knots. As a performer, she follows The Strasberg method, which is based on the great Stanislavski who first questioned “What is inspiration and how can we evoke the creative mood or spirit?”. She goes on to say that “The basics of those methods and coming from a place of truth is what I try to bring into the foundation of all of my work as a storyteller, whether it be in singing, acting, writing, directing, I live for stories”.
Tamela sees success as a type of interpretation. She is only competitive with herself. She checks in with herself and her goals. She looks back on her progressions yearly. Most importantly she defines success as a life of happiness and joy.
Apart from her role as a singer, Tamala is a filmmaker and actress. Growing up, instead of watching kids shows, Tamela had a different taste for movies she watched. She flashbacks to watching films such as The Wizard of Oz and then The Judy Garland Show. Some of her production includes ‘Sex Ed: The Series’, ‘What Might Have Been’, and ‘How Does a Moment Last Forever’ (from The Beauty and the Beast film.) She also spent two years in India filming the American/Indian drama ‘One Little Finger’, a film in which she stars as the lead. This film is based on “Ability in Disability”. There were over 80 disabled actors starring in it.
Tamela lives by a quote that Don Fehr, the executive director of the National Hockey League Players Association who became nationally prominent while serving as the executive director of the Major League Baseball Players Association told her. “The greatest source of unhappiness in the world comes from having unreasonable expectations about the behavior of other people”. This speaks to Tamela especially when she starts new projects. This reminds her that “Everyone works or cares as much as I do. I care a lot about the people and the projects I am a part of. Sometimes too much. I put my heart into them. That is not the norm. When you are that way, you get burned. I have learned to curb the level of my expectations and let things be, but I am still working on it daily”.
Tamela’s album Boring 20s is set to be released soon. For more information on her work, please visit tameldadamico.com.