Tiara Thomas began her climb to fame after appearing on Wale’s “More About Nothing” mixtape. The singer gave off a decidedly soulful yet laid back vibe and helped make Wale’s “Bad” a hit. But she shocked the world a few years later when she signed with Rico Love rather than Wale. There’s way more than meets the eye when it comes to this Indiana native and her past features with Wale.
Here’s 10 things to know about Tiara Thomas:
1. Tiara Thomas attended Ball State University in Indiana.
In the spring of 2012, Thomas graduated from Ball State University. It’s safe to say that her days of eating Ramen Noodles and waking up for 8 a.m. classes are done but she’s used her experiences and turned them into a project that her audience can relish in.
Check out her five-song EP, “Dear Sallie Mae.”
2. “Bad” was recorded in a bedroom.
Yes the squeaky bedsprings are in fact real. While in college, Thomas decided to cover Trillville’s “Some Cut” but ultimately wound up putting her own twist on the 2004 hit. She began freestyling while playing the tune on her guitar. Shortly after, she recorded the track in her friend’s bedroom.
3. Tiara was featured in American Eagle Outfitters’ “We The People” campaign.
If you thought Thomas looked familiar before watching the video for “Bad” that’s probably because you’ve seen her face on a billboard or two. In 2011, she was selected as the campaign spokesperson for American Eagle’s back-to-school campaign. The songstress was depicted in ads that were featured in a Times Square billboard as well as over 900 stores worldwide. Thomas also penned two songs, “Denim” and “Wassup,” for the campaign which were featured on the American Eagle website and included in their social media campaign.