Behind The Song: Tamia “Beautiful Surprise”

Tamia’s GRAMMY nod for “Beautiful Surprise” was no surprise to songwriter Claude Kelly. While Kelly is celebrated for his work with pop stars (Ke$haChristina Aguilera,Whitney HoustonBackstreet Boys and others) he was sure there was magic behind the R&B notes Tamia struck on her hit single.

“It was actually the very last song we did for Beautiful Surprise,” Kelly told The GRAMMY-winning songwriter and X Factor vocal coach explained how they enlisted producer Salaam Remy (FugeesNasAmy Whinehouse).

“We’re just kicking ideas around and we wanted to have a romantic song but an underlying message of what she is about,” Kelly said. “Obviously, she is married to [NBA star] Grant Hill and they both have working schedules. And we said… Let’s celebrate the marriage and what it’s like to come off the road and surprise you. Let’s do ‘Beautiful Surprise.’”