EXCLUSIVE: 'The Voice' Contestant Tamar Davis Recalls Missing Out on Destiny's Child: 'I Just Cried at Night'
By Raphael Chestang
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After so much heartbreak, it seems as if Tamar Davis' time has finally come, and she shared the highs and lows of her journey with ET.
Davis' voice sent Christina Aguilera and Blake Shelton's chairs spinning on The Voice last week, but Beyonce saw talent in the singer years ago. As a child, Davis was one of the original members of the group Girl's Tyme, which eventually became Destiny's Child. Her parents pulled her out of the group, wanting her to get a college education, but after she left, the group's popularity skyrocketed.
"I remember just crying at night," Davis told ET. "They just became huge, and rightfully so. They are talented."
Since then, Tamar has worked with Prince and appeared in several of Tyler Perry's Madea projects. In 2007, she had a surreal moment as a nominee at the GRAMMY Awards when she ran into Beyonce for the first time in 13 years.
"Beyonce was in the row in front of me, and we ended up hugging each other," Davis told ET. "It was just like, 'Are we really grown women hugging each other at the GRAMMYs?' I'll never forget that moment."
Davis sang co-lead vocals on Prince's GRAMMY-nominated song, "Beautiful, Loved and Blessed."
Right now she's an early favorite to win NBC's singing competition, where Patti LaBelle is her advisor, but her appearance on the show might never have happened without the persistent encouragement of Tyler Perry.
"I remembered having millions of conversations with Mr. Perry, and he kept saying, 'What are you doing with your music? How are you going to pursue it? You should do The Voice," she explained. "I kept saying, 'No, no, no, no, no,' and that final time I said, 'OK, Mr. Perry. I'll try it.'"
Perry was backstage to support Davis for her The Voice debut, where her rendition of Aretha Franklin's "Chain Of Fools" earned rave reviews from viewers and judges alike.