* Creative Artist Agency, Nick Styne and Kim Hodgert, Agent
* The Popular Entertainment Group, James Nash Jr., Manager
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* The Firm, Jeff Kwatinetz, Manager
“AUGUST RUSH” (2007) …. HOPE
“LIFE IS NOT A FAIRYTALE: THE FANTASIA BARRINO STORY” (2006) (TV) …. YOUNG FANTASIA
“THE BACKYARDIGANS” PLAYING “UNIQUA” (SINING VOICE)
“ROMEO!” PLAYING “CHANTAL” IN EPISODE: “PLAYIN’ FAVORITES”
“MY WIFE AND KIDS” PLAYING “ARETHA” IN EPISODE: “MICHEAL’S BAND”
“7TH HEAVEN” PLAYING “HALEY MICHAELS” IN EPISODE: “P.K. AKA PREACHER’S KID”
“HALF & HALF” PLAYING “JAMIA” IN EPISODE: “THE BIG MUCH ‘I DO’ ABOUT NOTHING EPISODE”
“MY WIFE AND KIDS” PLAYING “ARETHA” IN EPISODE: “SHARON’S PICTURE”
“JACK’S BIG MUSIC SHOW” PLAYING HERSELF IN EPISODE: “THE BABY BONGO BIRD”
2002 SHOWTIME AT THE APOLLO (TWICE)
2002 THE TONIGHT SHOW WITH JAY LENO (TWICE)
JASON TERRY’S UNICEF CELEBRITRY ALL STAR CHARITY B-BALL GAME
THE WHITE HOUSE
SALUTE 2 AMERICA PARADE
AN AMERICAN CELEBRATION AT FORD’S THEATRE
FRANK SKI’S KIDS FOUNDATION BANQUET
VETERAN’S MEMORIAL SERVICE – MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND
WASHINGTON BENEFIT AIDS FORD’S THEATER
MCDONALD’S SCHOLARSHIP AWARD CEREMONY
V-103 FAMILY FUN FAIR
CONNIE CHUNG SHOW
CO-HOST, THE PIJOR SHOW (LATE NIGHT TALK SHOW)
GOOD MORNING AMERICA
YMCA BENEFIT CONCERT “AN EVENING WITH BRUCE HORNSBY”
CBS EARLY SHOW
THE DOUG BANKS SHOW
THE RYAN CAMERON MORNING SHOW
AN EVENING OF ENLIGHTMENT
2003 ESSENCE AWARDS
2003 A SOUL TRAIN CHRISTMAS
2004 NICK JR. (ALPHABET SONGS)
2004 BET’S CELEBRATION OF GOSPEL
2004 STEVE HARVEY’S BIG TIME
2004 CELEBRITY FIGHT NIGHT
2004 DEDICATION OF THE PAINTED TURTLE CAMP
2004 THE HOPE GALA
2004 A MIDSUMMER NIGHTS MAGIC
2004 THE MAURY SHOW – “I’M GOING TO BE THE NEXT MINI IDOL”
2004 POP MUSIC FEST FOR ANIMALS
2004 THE TONY DANZA SHOW
2005 THE MAURY SHOW
2005 SHOWTIME AT THE APOLLO
With a bold voice and signature delivery that belies her twelve years, Jamia Simone Nash, known simply as “JAMIA,” is definitely a superstar on the rise. Since the ripe ‘old‘ age of two, Jamia has been singing with incredible conviction and building a notable career as a successful multi-hyphenate — singer, stage performer and actor — rivaling pros with many more years of experience under their belts.
Jamia owned the stage on February 24, 2008, at the 80th Annual Academy Awards ceremony when she performed the Oscar-nominated original song “Raise It Up” from the Warner Brothers’ feature “August Rush,” a movie for which she received critical acclaim in her feature film debut as “Hope.” In the role, Jamia befriends star Freddie Highmore’s character, a musically-gifted, adopted boy searching for his real parents. Her inspiring lead performance of “Raise It Up” with the Impact Repertory Theater of Harlem not only won Jamia rave reviews, but secured her place in the history books as the youngest African-American to perform on the prestigious worldwide telecast to date.
The song didn’t win a statue, but the night still belonged to Jamia, whose performance was widely regarded by critics as a highlight of the show. And her comedic Nintendo Wii tennis match skit with host Jon Stewart also drew a big laugh. The Los Angeles Times’ Ann Powers called her “predictably dazzling,” while Cynthia R. Fagen of the New York Post wrote that she “stole the show” and “knocked the socks off the star-studded audience with her powerful, honeyed voice.” Jamia’s hometown newspaper, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, chronicled her Academy-Awards experience with a series of articles, blogs and photo galleries, including a page one feature on show day calling Jamia “Oscar’s Little Big Girl.” AJC movie critic Bob Longino had perhaps the most ringing endorsement of Jamia’s onstage acumen, stating “She came. She sang. She conquered‚Ä¶ after the performance host Jon Stewart dubbed her ‘unbelievable.’”
In the wake of her Oscar-night triumph, Jamia was recently recognized alongside Academy Award-winner Forrest Whitaker by the Southern Christian Leadership Committee (S.C.L.C.) during its 2008 W.O.M.E.N. Drum Major for Justice Award ceremony commemorating the historic 40th anniversary of Dr. King’s assassination.
Long before Jamia’s worldwide Oscar debut, she wowed national audiences with multiple appearances on shows such as the “Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” “Good Morning America,” and “The CBS Early Show,” among others.
Onstage, she’s performed live for such luminaries as Aretha Franklin, John Travolta, Oprah Winfrey, the King of Jordan and the President of the United States, who dubbed Jamia ‘the definition of the future;’ sang the National Anthem during 2003 NBA All-Star Game festivities; and commonly shares the stage with such superstars as Stevie Wonder, Celine Dion, Alicia Keys, Josh Groban and John Mayer, to name a few. Jamia got her first big break at age five when her rendition of the Michael Jackson classic “Who’s Loving You?” on “Showtime at the Apollo” brought the legendarily tough crowd – known for booing performers off the stage – to its feet with admiration and rousing applause.
In addition to making a name as a sought-after performer, Jamia has been generating buzz in Hollywood for her budding acting career. Her breakout performance in 2006 as a 10-year-old Fantasia Barrino (2004 American Idol winner) in the hit Lifetime television movie “Life Is Not A Fairytale” drew the attention of television critics, including the Seattle Post-Intelligencer’s Melanie McFarland.
“The young Fantasia (the charismatic Jamia Simone Nash) has a commanding talent that becomes the center of attention whenever the family band performs together,” she wrote of Jamia’s scene-stealing turn.
Other notable appearances include the UPN series “Half and Half,” two appearances on ABC’s “My Wife and Kids,” the WB’s “7th Heaven” and “Steve Harvey’s Big Time.” Behind the scenes, the Osbourne Middle School student has also lent her signature vocals to the character “Uniqua” on the popular Nickelodeon animated series The Backyardigan’s.
During her summer break, Jamia is appearing on CBS’ “Young and the Restless,” the #1 daytime soap opera on television. Cast as “Ana,” her recurring character plays opposite America’s Next Top Model cycle 3 winner Eva Marcelle as Ana’s mom. The first episode featuring Jamia premiered on Wednesday, June 25.
On June 21, Jamia appeared at Atlanta’s Phillips Arena in a star studded, two-hour musical event called “Songs of Soul and Inspiration” directed by Golden Globe, Emmy and Tony award-winning producer and choreographer Debbie Allen as part of AARP’s 50th anniversary celebration. Jamia was featured in a once-in-a-lifetime lineup of female vocalists, including Queen Latifah, Chaka Khan, Dionne Warwick, Yolanda Adams, Patti Austin, Shirley Caesar, CeCe Winans, Ann Nesby and Paris Bennett.
Jamia’s father and manager, James Nash, CEO of The Popular Entertainment Group, recently announced a partnership with star-maker Jeff Kwatinetz at The Firm to co-manage her skyrocketing career. Jamia is also represented by Nick Styne and Kim Hodgert of Creative Artists Agency (CAA).
The Nash family, who reside in Los Angeles County, also includes mom Charlene and eight-year-old sister Olivia, who aspires to follow in Jamia’s footsteps with a career in entertainment.
For more information about Jamia contact: THE POPULAR ENTERTAINMENT GROUP
• She’s a Leo
• She has a little sister named Olivia
• She’s a straight A Student
• She loves to perform for her classmates
• Has been singing since the age of 2
• She sang for President George Bush
• Won a national competition sponsored by McDonald’s and The Apollo at 5
• On GMA she got a suprise phone call from one of her favorite singers A. Keys
• Her Parents are Gospel Singers
• She’s never had professional training
• In School Jamia says she’s very talkative
• She likes mountain climbing
• Started walking at 7 months
• Her and her little sister Olivia sing the hook on Talib Kweli’s “Black Girl Pain”
• Jamia was our 15th Spotlight Girl!
• Singers: Alicia Keys, Mary J. Blige and Beyonce
• Subject: Reading
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