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Glover later chose Mýa for a solo spot in a dance performance at the Kennedy Center During her childhood, Mýa sometimes had to endure insensitive comments about her ethnic background, but her accomplishments as a dancer helped her make the transition into adolescence and deal with its peer pressure.
As she explained in an appearance on Canada's Much Music television show in January 2001: There was a time in my life when I wasn't popular and accepted by kids in school.
, Mýa took a few classes at the University of Maryland, College Park, but the teenager's primary focus was on the recording studio.
After signing with Interscope, Mýa spent the next two years recording and completing her debut studio album. Her eponymous debut album was released April 21, 1998 in the United States and reached No. The album sold 1.4 million copies in the United States and received a platinum certification by the Recording Industry Association of America on October 1, 1998; denoting shipments to US retailers of over 1,000,000 units.
By age 15, Mýa's musical side took over and her professional-musician father helped her perfect her vocal abilities.
When he realized that his daughter was serious about a career in music, Mýa's father began shopping around with her demo tape, eventually catching the interest of University Music president and CEO Haqq Islam.
On April 25, 2000, Fear of Flying was released and debuted at No.
Mýa confronts her man about an old lover who will not go away."Free" was even more pop-friendly and became quite successful on MTV's TRL and at pop radio.Fear of Flying earned Mýa a Soul Train Music Award nomination for R&B/Soul Album – Female and a UK MOBO nomination for Best Album in 2001.The album featured production and collaborations from noteworthy hit-makers such as Missy Elliott, Babyface, Diane Warren, Dru Hill, Darryl Pearson and Silkk Tha Shocker and spawned three successful singles. In addition to her solo work, Mýa was featured with Ol' Dirty Bastard on Pras' Grammy-nominated 1998 hit "Ghetto Supastar" from the Bulworth soundtrack and "Take Me There" from The Rugrats Movie soundtrack, with Blackstreet, Blinky Blink, and Mase.Her debut single, "It's All About Me" featuring fellow R&B singer Sisqó, was released on February 14, 1998. In 1999, Mýa began production on an album that would eventually become Fear of Flying.