February 27, 2012 10:00 AM by Veronica Dudo
Over the weekend, Grammy Award Winner Mya, held her album release party at the Pool After Dark in Atlantic City. The artist performed an energetic live set for fans in the club at Harrah’s Resort. Before taking the stage, the former Dancing with the Stars alum posed on the red carpet for photographers where she dished about her new album, her charity work and what it was like appearing on the ABC reality TV series!
Mya recently released her seventh studio album and said her fans were her inspiration.
“This is actually self-funded, self produced, self-owned on my label, Planet 9. It’s called K.I.S.S. Keep It Sexy and Simple is the definition for the acronym and this was just a boutique album that I was initially releasing in Japan but I wanted to service it to the world,” she explained, “I started with US Canada in December as a Christmas gift to my fans just digitally but now it’s physically available on my web store and we’ll put it in stores in a couple of months.”
Through her own label, Planet 9 Mya has released other albums and says eventually she will sign other artists.
“Right now obviously I’m the priority and the main focus. It’s Planet 9 and this is actually my fourth release on Planet 9 so the first two were in Japan and then I produced a mixed taped that came out in 2010 so this is actually the first world album coming out on my label.”
The busy artist is currently touring and working on other ventures.
“I’m actually going to Jamaica to launch the first video featuring a dance-hall artist named Spice it appears on the world version as well. We’re going to start slow and K.I.S.S. is just a boutique album–I’m actually in the studio recording two other projects right now.”
In 2009, fans watched Mya showcase her dance moves on the reality series Dancing with the Stars. She says competing on the show was an amazing experience.
“I had a ball! Obviously, the wardrobe is to die for as a girl and dressing up but I learned a lot about myself and how to trust a partner; I’d never danced with someone else before. Learning a new skill like ballroom dancing–I have a newfound respect for it as a sport.”
Mya is also involved in many charities. She started a foundation to educate children and works to help protect animals.
“The North Shore Animal League is one of my first loves. I’m a pet owner as well as animal lover and I ran the 26.2 mile marathon in New York City last November for the Animal League who I’ve been an activist for, for many years and TMATF is The Mya Arts and Tech Foundation based in my hometown Washington D.C. that stands for educating children and providing them with services in the inner city,” she said, ”I’m Miss. Mya during the summer months between June and September when school is out and I teach sound engineering as a part of the many curriculums that we offer.”
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