Mya (born on October 10, 1979 and raised in Greenbelt as Mya Marie Harrison) was named in honor of poet Maya Angelou, was influenced by Stevie Wonder, Minnie Ripperton, Madonna, and Fred Astaire, has won just about every music award worth winning: a Grammy in 2012, two MTV moon men awards (including the prestigious MTV Video of the Year award), a Screen Actor Guild Award, Billboard’s Top 100 Artists of the 2000s, and a second place finish in Dancing With the Stars.
She has a heart as big as her voice: founder and co-founder of several important nonprofit groups, spokesperson for Secret to Self Esteem, Stop Breast Cancer, Haitian Disaster Relief, Global AIDS education, and homeless LGBT youth.
At Roosevelt High School in Greenbelt, she was a cheerleader on the Pom Pom Squad, and she graduated in 1995 at 16 years old (!), after which she started taking classes at the University of Maryland in College Park. But fame would soon call and take her away from the county.
In short, Mya has done the county proud, and is a living testament to our county’s youth that anything really is possible, even life as a global music celebrity icon (and did we say she writes or co-writes almost all of her own music?)