Tia McNeil is a breakout singer, songwriter from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania with a debut single scheduled for release in the fall of 2017. She started singing in church when she was just six years old and she’s been singing ever since.
Tia’s gift blossomed during her time at Martin Luther King High where she joined the school choir and partnered with a few schoolmates to form a girl group that gained popularity singing at the local galleria and other frequented places around town. When the group disbanded Tia continued her work as a vocalist singing backup for Gospel recording artist Billy Thompson. Even in the background Tia was a standout. So much so that Thompson featured her as a lead singer on his celebrated project, Billy Thompson, From the Heart.
Tia sang, toured and did studio work with Thompson until she enrolled in Lincoln University. There she joined both the University Choral and the Gospel Choir. She was a featured vocalist and lyricist on their first recording. Upon graduation from Lincoln, Tia successfully landed a job in corporate America and purchased a home intending to settle into a traditional lifestyle; but her passion for music would not be upstaged.
Tia continued to receive, and accept, invitations to sing backup for local artists; she joined local choirs and chorales including the Philadelphia Heritage Chorale under the direction of J. Donald Dumpson; she performed in the Shout for Joy Christmas Extravaganza; she was a featured soloist in Eleone Dance Company’s Carols in Color; and she even sang in concert with the great Kathleen Battle.
Tia has performed at renowned venues like the Philadelphia Kimmel Center, the National Constitution Center, and the world famous Apollo Theater. Her audiences have included the likes of former Secretary of State, Hilary Rodham Clinton and Pope John Paul.
Tia has always been excited by, and grateful for, the many opportunities afforded her; but she was not completely satisfied singing in choruses or backup for other artists. So, in 2014 she decided it was time to come out of the shadows and launch her solo career. Before long she was known as “Ms. Tia” in the most popular venues around town.
Ms. Tia first drew crowds at Philadelphia’s Bourbon and Branch, then Warmdaddys, Relish, Pub Web, Firehouse Café, World Café Live and Philly’s own Platinum Grille where she was artist in residence for more than a year. She has opened for R&B artist, Carl Thomas and singer, actress Demetria McKinney.
Ms. Tia now regularly performs at Kelsey’s Soul Food Restaurant in Atlantic City. She always packs the house, and she never disappoints!