Rozonda Thomas BIOGRAPHY
Rozonda Thomas is an award-winning American singer and songwriter. she rose to fame in the early 1990s as a member of group TLC, one of the best-selling girl groups of the 20th century. The group was very successful during the 1990s and had also scored several hits on the Billboard Hot 100. She performed under the nickname “Chilli.” Over the next few years, the group found huge success.
Additionally, she became one of the bestselling girl groups of all time. Thomas has won multiple Grammy Awards for her work with the group. She has also made guest appearances on several TV shows such as ‘The Parkers’ and ‘Strong Medicine’.
She appeared in a minor role in the comedy film ‘Snow Day’ as well. More recently, Thomas played a supporting role in the biographical film ‘Marshall’. It was based on the life of Thurgood Marshall, the first African-American Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States.
Rozonda Thomas Age
The singer was born as Rozonda Ocelian Thomas on 27th February 1971. She was born in Atlanta, Georgia, the United States of America. Thomas is 19 years of age as of 2019.
Rozonda Thomas Body Measurements
She has a height of 5 feet and weighs around 55 kg. She has toned her body and looks pretty spectacular. The secret behind her slim figure might be daily hard work out and a balanced diet. She has a dark skin tone. Additionally, she has black curly hair that further stands out among the group of people.
Rozonda Thomas Education
Thomas attended Benjamin E.Mays High School in 1989. She realized her interest in dancing since her young age and therefore, served as a backup dancer for the R & B duo Damian Dame, which was represented by LaFace Records.
Rozonda Thomas Family
Rozonda was raised to mixed ethnic parents, Abdul Ali and Ava Thomas. Her father is of Arab and Indian descent whereas her mother belongs to African descent. Due to this, she belongs to mixed ethnicity (Middle Eastern, East Indian, African American, possibly Native American. Her father is now working as an Atlantic City casino worker.
She was raised by a single mother and didn’t meet her father until she was 25. As she was meeting her father, she allowed the Sally Jessy Raphael television talk show to air footage of her meeting her father for the first time in 1996.
Rozonda Thomas Relationship
Her dating life started with the famous American film producer Dallas Austin.
After some time, the black beauty was seen with the famous singer Usher Raymond in 2001, who was seven years younger than Rozonda. While talking to bet on 22 October 2013, she revealed Usher was her real love. But, their relationship ended after two years in 2003.
Rotonda’s love life did not end there as the TLC singer went on to dating actor Brad James in 2015. As per Bossip on 21 September 2015, Rozonda was pretty happy with her new boyfriend. But like her previous relationship, she broke up with him soon without a genuine reason. Before Brad, Rozonda also dated the comedian Wayne Brady in 2014.
Interestingly, Rozonda came up with her new lover Nick Cannon, an American rapper. The pair were spotted kissing at the backstage in WDKX Summerfest Concert as per daily mail on 14 July 2016. However, that relationship also didn’t work out.
As of 2018, Rozonda opened up about her current relationship status to essence on 17 August 2018. She said that she is dating someone out of her race and also added that she wants to influence other black women to do so as well. She stated that God has made every woman equal and has not limited them to date only black men.
Though she gushed about equality and dating, she didn’t reveal the identity of her new boyfriend. Also, it is not sure if her partner is one she is quoting as a husband by getting married.
Rozonda Thomas Son
She got pregnant with Dallas Austin at an early. Unfortunately, they aborted their first child. However, in June 1997, the pair welcomed a son named Tron Austin.
Her son, Tron also aspired to be a musician just like his parents. Sadly, Rozonda broke up with Dallas before the couple could get married.
In 2013, Thomas took a stand against cyberbullying after her son Tron was a victim. The gossip site MediaTakeOut.com targeted Thomas’s son because of his apparel and questioned his sexuality. In response, Thomas created a petition through change.org.
The petition aimed at getting the article deleted from the site and to stop staff members from gossiping about minors entirely. In her petition, she described what cyberbullying is and statistics about some of the victims. The site ended up removing the article and issuing an apology to her son.
Rozonda Thomas Music career
She was first a dancer for Damian Dame. In 1991, she joined TLC, replacing founding member Crystal Jones, and was nicknamed “Chilli” by Lisa Lopes so that the group could retain the name TLC. The group went on to sell over 65 million records worldwide and became the best-selling American girl group of all-time; only the Spice Girls has sold more. Chilli has won four Grammy Awards for her work with TLC.
Since the death of group member Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes in April 2002, Thomas and Tionne “T-Boz” Watkins have occasionally performed as a duo. In 2009, Thomas and Watkins performed a series of concerts in Asia.
In late 2011, VH1 announced plans to produce a biopic on TLC to air in 2013. Thomas and Watkins have signed on as producers. Actress and singer Keke Palmer portrayed Thomas in CrazySexyCool: The TLC Story.
Thomas began working on her solo album in 2000 after the completion of promotion for TLC’s third album, FanMail (1999). She ceased production when work began on the next TLC album, 3D (2002). In 2006, rumors of having signed a four-album deal with singer/rapper Akon’s label Kon Live Distribution in 2006. She later denied these reports and confirmed that she was entertaining offers from other record labels. It was confirmed that the name of the album would be titled Bi-Polar. Unfortunately, due to scheduling conflicts and constant delays, the album was shelved.
The album was once rumored to include work by Missy Elliott as well as tracks produced by T-Pain and Tricky Stewart. Certain tracks that were intended for the album were leaked from 2006 to 2008. A track titled “Gameproof,” which featured her TLC bandmate T-Boz was leaked in spring 2006.
On February 16, 2007, “Straight Jack,” a track featuring Missy Elliott and produced by Polow da Don was leaked. The track entered the Deutsche Black Chart in at #35. In early April 2008, Thomas’s first official solo single, “Dumb, Dumb, Dumb” was released.
In 2012, Thomas appeared as the leading lady in R&B singer Tyrese’s music video for his single “Nothing On You.”
Additionally, On January 2016, she released a new solo single, “Body”, which served to promote her new fitness workout campaign.
Acting and television roles
Thomas made guest appearances on television shows such as The Parkers, That 70s Show, Living Single and Strong Medicine. In 1992, she made a brief cameo in the video for “Jump” by Kriss Kross.
She was featured in the made-for-television movies A Diva’s Christmas Carol and Love Song (with Monica) and in the film Snow Day in 2000. In 2001, she co-starred in the action film Ticker, directed by Albert Pyun and “House Party 3”. She also played a small role in the 1998 film Hav Plenty.
In 2011, Thomas made cameo appearances throughout the first season of VH1’s Single Ladies. She appeared again on the show’s second season performing her unreleased track, “Flirt,” written by Tiyon “TC” Mack and produced by Soundz.
In June 2009, VH1 announced the airing of a reality TV series starring Thomas. The series, What Chilli Wants, which documents Thomas’s quest to find love and manage her life with the help of love and relationship expert Tionna Tee Smalls, premiered on April 11, 2010. The second season of What Chilli Wants which was premiered on January 2, 2011.
In 2013, Thomas became a member of “Team Guy” on the second season of Food Network’s Rachael vs. Guy: Celebrity Cook-Off. She also appeared naked in a PETA anti-circus ad campaign. Thomas also appeared on episode 14 of WWE Countdown where she spoke about The Rock.
In 2016, it was announced she had joined the cast of the film Marshall which is a biopic on the life of Thurgood Marshall; she plays Zora Neale Hurston.
Rozonda Thomas Philanthropy
Thomas and the rest of the members of TLC were big proponents of encouraging safe sex. For the music video of the song, “Ain’t 2 Proud 2 Beg” Thomas and other band members wore condoms on their clothing.
Additionally, in 2003, Thomas and Watkins teamed up with Agouron Pharmaceuticals to create a national education program about HIV/AIDS. The program supplied people with information about HIV/AIDS, including prevention and treatment.
In 2012, Thomas started a non-profit organization called Chilli’s Crew. The organization is an Atlanta program targeted to help girls between the ages of 13-17 with self-esteem issues.
She also markets a line of handbags called Bags by Chilli.
Rozonda Thomas Salary and the Net worth
She earns a huge amount of salary from her successful career but currently has not revealed to the media. However, she has an estimated net worth of $10 Million that she earns from her successful profession.