- Full Name Tameka Dianne Cottle Harris
- Nickname Tiny
- Occupation Singer, Television personality
- Nationality American
- Birthplace College Park, Georgia, USA
- Birth Date Jul 14, 1975
- Age 46 Years, 11 Months
Tameka Cottle | BiographyFeatured on VH1 reality show 'T.I. & Tiny: The Family Hustle'
Xscape was one of the popular girl bands formed in 1990. The first five members of Xscape included Cottle, Kandi Burruss, LaTocha Scott, Tamika Scott, and Tamera Coggins-Wynn. However, Tamera left the group a year after it was formed. The band got disbanded in 1998, however, they reunited at the 'BET Awards' in 2017. Later, in 2018, the band was reduced to a trio without Kandi and rebranded as XSCAP3.
Tameka Cottle is a multi-platinum R&B vocal group Xscape member who rose to fame in the 1990s.
Who is Tameka Cottle?
Tameka Dianne Cottle Harris, also known as Tiny, is an American singer and songwriter born on 14 July 1975 in College Park, Georgia. As of December 2021, she is 46 years old.
Cottle initially gained the spotlight in her teenage days modeling for Tommy Girl. However, she rose to greater prominence as a member of the American female R&B band Xscape. She sang some leads and higher-pitched vocals in the harmonies with the group.
Cottle received a 'Grammy Award' for 'Best R&B Song' for her work on TLC's 1999 hit single 'No Scrubs' along with former Xscape member Kandi Burruss.
She was also featured on T.I. & Tiny: The Family Hustle, a VH1 reality show. The show aired until 2017 and featured their daily activities.
Xscape was one of the popular girl bands formed in 1990. The first five members of Xscape included Cottle, Kandi Burruss, LaTocha Scott, Tamika Scott, and Tamera Coggins-Wynn. However, Tamera left the group a year after it was formed.
Xscape released their debut album, Hummin' Comin', on 12 October 1993. In addition, their first two singles, 'Just Kickin' It' and 'Understanding,' were both charted in the top ten on the Billboard Hot 100 as well as a number one on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart.
The second studio album by Xscape, Off the Hook, was released in 1995. Their other singles, 'Feel So Good' and 'Who Can I Run To,' charted at 32 and 8, respectively, on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.
The band released its third album, Traces of My Lipstick, in early 1998. The group, however, had already disbanded by the third album.
After the band got disbanded in 1998, they reunited at the 'BET Awards' in 2017. Xscape also confirmed a 29-city reunion tour. Unfortunately, Kandi Burruss announced in November 2017 that she would not be recording new music with the group and would instead pursue Broadway roles.
The band was reduced to a trio without Kandi in 2018 and rebranded as XSCAP3. In January 2018, they founded XSCAP3 Entertainment and signed with Creative Artists Agency.
In 2021, the group appeared in Verzuz, a series of battling DJs where they went against another girl group called SWV.
Cottle has four kids, two sons, and two daughters. Cottle previously dated Zonnie Pullins and had one daughter named Zonnique Jailee Pullins.
Then in 2001, Cottle began dating hip-hop artist Clifford Joseph Harris Jr, mostly known as T.I. At the time, he had two sons, Domani and Messiah, with Lashon Davis and one daughter Deyjah with Ms. Niko.
Three years after dating, on 25 August 2004, Cottle and T.I. welcomed their first son, King Harris. They later had a second son, Major Philant, on 16 May 2008. Sadly, Cottle suffered a stillbirth in 2007 with their baby daughter Leyah Amore Harris who could not survive. Then in March 2016, Cottle gave birth to their youngest daughter, Heiress Diana Harris.
The couple got married in 2010 after dating for nearly ten years. However, Cottle filed for divorce in December 2016 after claiming that T.I. had cheated on her. But in 2017, the couple got back together again.
Cottle is now a grandmother since her daughter, eldest daughter Zonnique Pullins, gave birth to her child on 15 December 2020.
In 2014, Cottle got an eye surgery in Africa, which is illegal in the U.S. to change her eye color to ice grey. She had analyzed the process for four to five years before deciding to proceed.
Cottle told Good Morning America about the cosmetic treatment in October 2014, two weeks after returning from Africa. She said they used a medical-grade silicone implant in the selected color and inserted it into the eye through a tiny incision during the process.
Her eldest daughter, Zonnique, also underwent the same surgery but later reversed it as she experienced eye problems.
Cottle has a height of 4 feet and 11 inches (1.5m). She also got the nickname 'Tiny' for her short height.