Mýa Marie Harrison (born October 10, 1979), professionally known as Mýa /ˈmaɪ.ə/, is an American R&B recording artist, entertainer, philanthropist, and occasional actress. A Washington, D.C. native, Harrison took ballet lessons from the age of two and added jazz and tap dancing lessons to her schedule two years later. As she entered her teens, Harrison began to shift her focus to music. Gifted and musically-inclined, with the help of her father she put together a demo tape when she was 15 and begin to scout around for a record deal while still attending high school. At the age of 16, she signed a recording contract with Interscope Records.