Jamelia grew up in the Handsworth area of Birmingham. She signed her first major record deal at 15, straight after she got out of school. In 1999 she released her debut single So High, followed by I Do, but her third single, Money, reached number five in the UK charts.
In 2004, she had three more top-five hits, all from her album Thank You.
Her continued chart success led to her being invited to support acts from the US , including Destiny's Child, Justin Timberlake, and Usher, on their massive world tours.