Tamela D’Amico is an American jazz singer, actress, and filmmaker who started her own production company, La Strega Entertainment, to create vehicles for the many facets of her career.
Tamela recorded her debut album Got A Little Story, executive-produced by actor-producer Peter Krause (Parenthood, Six Feet Under, The Catch) and produced by 6 time Grammy Award winner Jimmy Hoyson, and arranged by Multi Grammy nominee Chris Walden at Capitol Records Studios under the La Strega Entertainment banner. The album has been picked up by LML Records/Allegro distribution and went into worldwide release and is available wherever fine music is sold. She can be heard on over 140 national radio and cable outlets in various jazz based/Adult Standard & Contemporary markets as well as many International radio and internet streaming markets. She was named Clear Channel’s Best New Jazz Vocalist, the relaunched MySpace’s Rising Star, and is in constant rotation on The Penthouse Radio Network, Martini in the Morning, and MUSIC CHOICE’s Singer and Swingers channel via satellite, cable, & Internet. This year Tamela executive produced an album for 2013 Grammy Winner Billy Vera (known for the hit “At This Moment”) entitled BILLY VERA: BIG BAND JAZZ (released on Varese Sarabande/Universal). She also duets with Mr. Vera on the album on the song “I’ll Never Be Free,” which has been a radio favorite. They have been touring together ever since. Currently, in the music arena, she is prepping a follow up to her debut album which she will be recording in April at Capitol Records in Los Angeles.
D’Amico is also known as one of the top 24 finalists on the FOX reality show On the Lot produced by Steven Spielberg and Mark Burnett. She garnered attention from the show’s producers with her heartwarming entry film entitled Volare, starring Federico Castelluccio (The Sopranos), which led her to a first-look deal with Dreamworks. D’Amico produced and directed the web television series Sex Ed:The Series starring Joanna Cassidy (Bladerunner) which garnered much TV press and accolades and boasts over 140 Million views on YouTube. The show received nominations for both a Streamy Award and a Webby Award and TV Guide listed it in the top 10 of notable television shows worth watching. She has gone on to create other several TV web serials and has many feature film projects in development through the La Strega banner. Two recent projects that she directed and co-directed, respectively, have recently gone viral on the net, “WHAT MIGHT HAVE BEEN” (30 years after Blade Runner, actress Joanna Cassidy resurrects her character Zhora to do the reptile dance that Ridley Scott never got to film for the movie.) and The Modern Fundamentalist – Kim Davis Parody starring Broadway chanteuse Rena Strober.
As an actress , Tamela recurs on the hit Disney Channel show Best Friends Whenever, as nemesis Janet Smythe. She has just returned to the United States after filming the Indian drama One Little Finger. She can also be seen in the recently released feature film WALT BEFORE MICKEY with Thomas Ian Nicholas (American Pie) and Jon Heder (Napoleon Dynamite) about the life of Walt Disney and is currently filming the independent film QUINN as well as just finished the independent film 3 People I’ve Never Heard Of. She stars in the award winning web series Englishman in L.A. with actors Cameron Moir (Non Stop), Eddie Jemison (HUNG, Oceans 11, 12,13) and Ashley Fink (Glee) for which she was just awarded “Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Web Series” by LA WEB FEST. The series is moving into the second season in 2016! Tamela can be heard singing the Bond-esque theme song “Love and the Gun” in both English and Italian in the recently released feature film Rob the Mob (Millennium Films/Lakeshore Records) directed by Raymond De Felitta (City Island) now streaming on NETFLIX.
Among her other talents, Tamela is the face of Alison Raffaele Cosmetic’s LIVE BEAUTIFUL! campaign, representing the porcelain face for the makeup line, as well as Mellow World Handbags.