Blu Cantrell (born Tiffany Cobb on March 16, 1976 in Providence, Rhode Island) is a female R&B singer from the 2000s. Her nickname comes from her family because of her obsession with the color blue as a child.
Growing up, Blu’s mother supported her & Blu’s five siblings by performing as a jazz singer. During her childhood, she auditioned for the lead role in the musical “Annie,” but didn’t get the part.
After completing high school, Blu left for New York City and worked at various jobs in a bar, department store & a beauty salon. In 1995, she posed nude in photos for “Black Tail” magazine in order to support herself financially.
Blu was discovered by an employee from RedZone Entertainment while she was walking through the lobby of a hotel in Atlanta, Georgia. She started worked with music producer Christopher “Tricky” Stewart on a a demo and began singing as a backing vocalist for artists such as Gerald Levert, Faith Evans, Aaron Hall & P. Diddy.
After finishing her demo, Blu was introduced to L.A. Reid, who signed her to a record deal with Arista Records.
In April of 2001, Blu released her debut single “Hit ‘Em Up Style (Oops)” which became her biggest hit to date, peaking at #2 on the Billboard Hot 100, topped Billboard’s Mainstream Top 40 & Top 40 Tracks charts and peaked at #6 on Billboard’s Hot R&B\Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks chart, staying on the chart for 21 weeks. It also managed to chart on Billboard’s Latin Tropical\Salsa Airplay and Latin Pop Airplay charts.
The song became the number-one most-added record to radio in the country which broke Elvis Presley’s record for most-played on all genres on the radio.
In 2002, “Hit ‘Em Up Style (Oops)” received two Grammy Award nominations for “Best Female R&B Vocal Performance” and “Best R&B Song.” Blu was also nominated for an American Music Award for “Favorite Soul\R&B New Artist.”
During that same year, Blu was featured on the soundtrack to the movie “Bad Company” with the song “It’s Killing Me (In My Mind).” She also made a small cameo appearance in the film “Drumline.” Blu was also featured on Lady May’s debut single “Round Up.”
In June of 2003, Blu released her sophomore album “Bittersweet” which peaked at #37 on the Billboard 200 and #8 on Billboard’s R&B Albums chart.
The lead single from the album “Breathe” (featuring Sean Paul) topped the U.K. Singles chart for 4 weeks, making it the eighth biggest selling single of 2003 in the United Kingdom & was certified Gold.
In the United States, the song only peaked at #70 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #83 on Billboard’s Hot R&B\Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks chart, staying on the chart for 16 weeks. It also peaked at #17 on Billboard’s Hot Dance Music\Club Play chart.
The follow-up single from the album “Make Me Wanna Scream” (featuring Ian Lewis from reggae music group Inner Circle) peaked at #24 on the U.K. Singles chart. It also managed to chart in Australia, Austria, Ireland, Switzerland, Romania, Germany & Ireland, but failed to chart at all in the United States.
The last single from the album “Sleep in the Middle” was released promotionally, but didn’t chart at all. During that same year, Blu was offered a chance to pose in “Playboy” magazine, but decided against it.
In 2007, Blu appeared in the musical “Gossip, Lies and Secrets.” She also participated in the NBC network reality show “Celebrity Circus,” but was eliminated in the show’s second week.
In 2012, Blu released the single “S.O.S. (Tell Me Where You At)” which was released to her Soundcloud account and was available on iTunes, but it appears to have been taken down for some unknown reason.
These days, it appears as if Blu has been through some rough times. In September of 2014, she was hospitalized due to erratic behavior.
To see the music video for “Hit ‘Em Up Style (Oops),” go to:
To see a fan-made video for “Til I’m Gone,” go to:
To see a fan-made video for “I’ll Find a Way,” go to:
To see the music video for “Breathe,” go to:
To see a fan-made video for “Make Me Wanna Scream,” go to:
To see a fan-made video for “Sleep in the Middle,” go to:
To see a fan-made video for “S.O.S.,” go to: