Rozonda Ocielian “Chilli” Thomas was born in Atlanta, Georgia, on the 27th of February 1971. She is an American singer, actress, and former member of the well-known female R&B group TLC. She rose to prominence in the 1990s as a member of TLC.
The trio made history as the best-selling girls’ party of the twentieth century. TLC ceased to exist in 2002, when one of its owners, Lopes, died. Rozonda, on the other hand, continued her singing career and starred in a number of television shows. She has also had a small part in the comedy film ‘Snow Day.’
Thomas most notably appeared as a supporting character in the 2017 biographical film ‘Marshall.’ It was based on the life of Thurgood Marshall, the first African-American Justice of the United States Supreme Court.
Rozonda Chilli Thomas Quick Facts
|Name||Rozonda Ocielian “Chilli” Thomas|
|Date of Birth||27th February 1971|
|Occupation||singer-songwriter, dancer, actress, television personality, model|
|Founded NGO||‘Chilli’s Crew’|
|Songs||Ooooooohhh… On the TLC Tip (1992)|
“Dumb Dumb Dumb” (2008)
“Let’s Just Do It” (Lisa Lopes featuring Missy Elliott and TLC) (2009)
|Song Genre||R&B, pop, hip hop soul, new jack swing, funk|
|Associated Acts||TLC, Tionne “T-Boz” Watkins Lisa, “Left Eye” Lopes, Usher, Dallas Austin|
Rozonda Chilli Thomas Early Life and Background
“Chilli” Rozonda Ocielian Thomas was born in Columbus, Georgia, and attended Benjamin Elijah Mays High School before graduating in 1989. Abdul Ali, her father, is of Bengali origin, and Ava Thomas, her mother, is African American. Thomas, who was raised by her single mum later agreed to let the Sally Jessy Raphael television talk show air video of her first meeting her father in 1996, when she was 25.
Her great grandma, whom she named Big Mama, brought her to the Seventh-day Adventist Church when she was a teenager.
Rozonda Chilli Thomas Career
Rozonda Thomas joined the girl group TLC in 1991. In February 1992, they released their debut album, ‘Ooooooohhh… On The TLC Tip.’ The album was a big hit, peaking at 14th on the US Billboard 200 chart. It sold a total of six million copies worldwide.
In November 1994, the group’s second album, ‘CrazySexyCool,’ was released. The record was a major hit, peaking at number three on the Billboard 200 in the United States. In the United States alone, it sold over 11 million copies. The album was nominated for six Grammy Awards, winning two of them.
In February 1999, the band released their third album, ‘FanMail.’ It was intended as a thank you to their fans who had given them fan mail over the years. The album was a huge success, earning three Grammy Awards out of eight nominations. It debuted at number one on the US Billboard 200 and sold about 318,000 copies in its first week!
In the year 2000, Thomas starred in the Christmas television film ‘A Diva’s Christmas Carol.’ She has also starred in many TV series, including ‘Living Single’ and ‘The Parkers.’ She also appeared in the films ‘Get Enough’ and ‘Snow Day.’
In the year 2000, she also began work on her debut album. She halted production after the band started work on their fourth record, ‘3D,’ which was released in November 2002. The album was a hit, peaking at number six on the Billboard 200 in the United States. In its first week, it sold 143,000 copies.
In 2009, she appeared in the American reality television series ‘What Chilli Wants,’ which followed her quest for true love. She has appeared in several episodes of the TV drama series ‘Single Ladies.’ She also appeared in the 2017 biographical film ‘Marshall’ as a supporting actress. Despite its commercial disappointment, the film was well received by critics. In June 2017, her band released their fifth and final album, titled ‘TLC.’ It was ranked 38th on the Billboard 200 in the United States. Though the album received favorable reviews, it was not as good as their previous releases.
Rozonda Chilli Thomas Awards
Rozonda Thomas received two Grammy Awards in 1996 as a member of the girl group TLC. The first was for the song ‘CrazySexyCool,’ which won for ‘Best R&B Album.’ The second award was for ‘Best R&B Performance’ for their single ‘Creep,’ which appeared on the same soundtrack.
In 2000, she and the group were nominated for three Grammy Awards. The first was for the group’s third release, “FanMail,” which won for “Best R&B Album.” The second and third awards went to the album ‘No Scrubs’ for ‘Best R&B Performance’ and ‘Best R&B Song.’
Rozonda Chilli Thomas Boyfriend/Husband
Currently, Wayne Brady and Rozonda ‘Chilli’ Thomas are in a relationship
Rozonda Thomas Net worth
Rozonda Chilli Thomas is worth $8 million