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Name: Tamyra Monica Gray  
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Date of Birth: 26th July 1979
Place of Birth: Takoma Park, Maryland
Profession: Singer
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Tamyra Gray

Tamyra Monica Gray (born July 26, 1979 in Takoma Park, Maryland) is an American actress and singer; she rose to fame as one of the finalists on the first season of the reality television program American Idol in 2002 and has since expanded into acting, most notably with a recurring role on the third season of the drama Boston Public in 2003.

Gray began singing at an early age. She competed in several pageants and was named Miss Atlanta in 1998. Gray attended Georgia State University, majoring in business law and entertainment management. Prior to American Idol, she worked a variety of jobs including day care worker, party motivator, telemarketer, waitress, and running her own cleaning service while pursuing an opening into the entertainment industry.

That opening came in 2002 when Gray became one of the ten finalists on the first season of American Idol, eventually finishing fourth. Her performance of the Burt Bacharach classic "A House is Not a Home" was described by Judge Simon Cowell as "one of the best performances on television" that he had ever seen.

After American Idol's debut season, Gray continued to pursue her career in the entertainment industry. She landed the recurring role of Aisha Clemens on Boston Public, appearing in seven episodes in 2003, during which she also showcased her singing abilities. She has also guest starred on episodes of Half and Half and Tru Calling.

During the third season of American Idol, she returned to the show on various occasions to sing "Raindrops Will Fall" and "Star", both songs she co-wrote off her then unreleased album, and a song to open the final results show of the season. Gray also co-wrote the American Idol season three single "I Believe", which was performed by Idol finalists Fantasia Barrino and Diana DeGarmo. Barrino released "I Believe" as her American Idol single.

After being dropped by Jive Records in 2003, Gray's first solo album, The Dreamer, was eventually released on May 25, 2004 by newly formed 19 Records, a division of Simon Fuller's 19 Management. After disappointing results, Gray is no longer with 19 Records or 19 Management.

In 2005 Gray made her big screen supporting role debut in the independent film The Gospel.


  • The Dreamer (2004)
  1. Star
  2. The Only Thing
  3. Legend
  4. Raindrops Will Fall
  5. Ha Ha
  6. 17
  7. Don't Stop (Keep It Coming)
  8. U've Only Got 1
  9. Faces
  10. Like a Child
  11. Yesterday/Today
  12. Good Ol' Days
  13. God Bless the Dreamer

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